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Somananda became interested in spirituality and the powers of the mind at a young age. After completing his university degree in Law in his home country of Israel, he briefly pursued a career practicing law, but soon found that ultimately his real passions lay elsewhere – in yoga and spirituality.

In 1996, Somananda discovered yoga and began practicing from books on his own. As his love and enthusiasm for yoga and spirituality grew, he eventually left for India in 1999, where he studied yoga and meditation in Rishikesh, at the foot of the Himalaya mountains. Discovering the authentic teachings of yoga and meditation, he immediately committed to an intense practice and study, and in 2000 he became a yoga and meditation teacher himself.

In 2010 Somananda founded an international school of spiritual yoga in which Somananda and his wife Liisa and fellow teachers offer unique teachings around the world, conducting yoga and meditation seminars, retreats and workshops. Together they bring the ancient and traditional spiritual teachings to modern people in a clear, practical and charismatic way, always with dedication and passion.

Liisa Maimon

Joining Somananda on his teachings around the world, is yoga and meditation teacher and co-founder of the school Liisa Maimon.

In 2009 Liisa participated in her very first workshop given by Somananda in Estonia. Without immediately realizing it, this event was the turning point to a new and exciting chapter of her life – the spiritual path. Feeling a strong connection with the teachings, Liisa continued her studies with Somananda. She realized that traditional Yoga is a very powerful and practical science for personal evolution. In 2012 Liisa became a Yoga and meditation teacher and she has been actively teaching since.

Liisa, who was born in Estonia, has a masters degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Konstanz, Germany.


Dharmananda, born in Israel in 1977, discovered Yoga in 2001. He continued his practice more seriously in 2003, the year he joined the mind-blowing Kashmiri Shaivism workshop with his brother Somananda. This workshop changed his life and way of looking upon spirituality and Yoga practice.

Soon after, Dharmananda began leading the Laya Yoga meditations and by 2005 he became a full yoga teacher. In his free time, he continued practicing the wonderful techniques he learned in the Kashmiri Shaivism workshop. In 2008 he started leading meditation retreats.

Motivated to help others realize the beauty and love that yoga can offer, Dharmananda spends his time in practice and teaching.

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