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MEET THE FOUNDER

YOGACARYA GEORGIOS DEMETRIADES

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George Demetriades is the founder of the South African-based Hiranya Mandala School of Yoga Integration and Meditation established in 2020.

He started his Yoga journey in 2008 through the work of UK-based yoga teacher Barbara Currie. In 2010, studied under Marina Contardo (Sannyasin Prem Bindu Mardevasaya), an initiate of Kavi Yogiraj Mani Finger (seminal figure in the dissemination of Yoga in South Africa in the 1960s & co-founder of the ISHTA system of Yoga along with his son Yogiraj Alan Finger), as an ISHTA Yoga teacher. At that time, he was working as a professional graphic designer. He started teaching Yoga in 2011 part-time and subsequently left corporate in 2013 to teach full-time. A professional graphic designer since 2007, he researches, develops and designs the Hiranya Mandala School's visual and instructional collateral, thus promulgating its ethos and vision to the broader public.

In 2016, George began his studies in Sanskrit grammar, literary language of India, through the School of Practical Philosophy and thereafter through the Cambridge University. He teaches Sanskrit independently as part of Yoga teacher training programs or as a standalone study, and continues to study the subject through Madras Sanskrit College.

He is also a second-year Vedic priest (pandit) in training through the Arya Samaj South Africa.

He follows the Kriya Yoga approach of Paramhansa Yogananda Giri.

By uniting the "best" teachings proffered by the oriental sages, George assists people through an integral approach to Yoga which is both safe and gentle. He assists the aspirant yogi in discovering the unique blend of Yoga techniques, Tantra and Ayurveda which best suits his/her constitution and which promotes well-being. This is what ISHTA is all about.

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QUALIFICATIONS

 

Second-year Vedic priest in training (School of Vedic Studies, Arya Pratinidhi Sabha South Africa,

2023 - present)

Studies toward a BA degree in Sanskrit (Madras Sanskrit College), 2021 - present

IGCSE Sanskrit Grammar (University of Cambridge), 2016 - 2018

500-HR ISHTA (Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda) Yoga under Marina Contardo

(Studio Namaste), 2010

National Diploma: Graphic Design (Central University of Technology, Free State), 2004 - 2006

Awards: Best 2nd Year Graphic Design Student, 2005; Best 3rd Year Graphic Design Student, 2006;

Best National Diploma Graphic Design Student, 2006

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