Sannyasi Yogatara Saraswati (Lisa Alessandra Gautschi) began her journey in Yoga in 1996 when she first arrived in Nepal. With a background in biochemistry, she turned from the hard sciences to the life sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda in her search for healing and spiritual growth.
Yogatara holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Yogic Sciences (Yoga Therapy) from Bihar Yoga University (), in India and a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology from Sofia University, in California.
Her academic pursuits combine with 20 years of immersion in the Nepali culture and the path of Yoga and sannyasa, to bring insight and depth to her classes. Bridging Eastern and Western traditions of holistic wellbeing and spiritual life, YogaTara offers practitioners-- novice and experienced--a space of rich exploration where intellect and intuition merge, where theory meets practice.
YogaTara teaches Yoga in the tradition of the Bihar School, or Satyananda Yoga, and draws inspiration from her Guru, Swami Niranjanananda and Swami Satyananda, who have contributed significantly to making the heritage of Yoga accessible to people from all walks of life ().
Yogatara works as yoga therapist, instructor, and transpersonal counselor. A freelance writer and adventurous explorer in all things creative, she leads yoga retreats and spiritual journeys to Nepal, India, Tibet as well as in the US.