Poonam is our calm and positive yoga expert. She balances hard-working professionalism with warmth and compassion, often intuiting people’s needs before they even recognize them themselves. Her yoga combines ancient wisdom with modern developments in physical training. She is the main contributor for the educational content of our training manual.
Poonam brings a calm clarity to her yoga classes. Through gentle coaching, she helps students to tune into their own inner wisdom and self-awareness. She understands the needs of her students and is able to encourage them to achieve their highest potential, often far exceeding their own expectations. Poonam helps her students to connect positively with their body, their spirituality and the world. Always humble, Poonam says she takes her inspiration from her students and yoga itself because it helps us to discover the wonder that everyone carries within ourselves.
The yogic path was a natural choice for Poonam. She was born into a family of Yoga teachers, and after finishing her Masters in Sociology, she enrolled in a four month residential certificate course at the world's first yoga university, Bihar Yoga Bharati (Bihar School of Yoga), followed by a one-year residential postgraduate Diploma in Yogic Studies. Since 2001, she has been teaching yoga professionally in India and Switzerland. In 2011, together with Thomas Stecher, Poonam founded Sanapurna, the Center for Yoga & Naturopathy Medicine in Zurich.
Poonam has also taught yoga to professionals in different UN organizations, corporations like P&G, and the students and teachers at Webster University, Geneva. She was - together her with her brother Sanjeev Bhanot - also the yoga advisor for Julia Roberts in the Hollywood film Eat Pray Love and she has also been featured in many yoga programs on Indian television.
Poonam is currently leading the Yogalife Teacher Training in Zurich at Sanapurna.