My name is Emmanuel Mougenot or Manu Akshobhia
Born in Belgium in 1973, I got introduced to Yoga by my mother, a yoga teacher since I was a kid. I studied Western Philosophy in ULB, trained to become a philosophy and ethics teacher. That is also when I started to read more about spirituality, attend yoga classes and started regular meditation practice. After my study, I got involved in University researches on Sustainable development and communication.
My first stronger spiritual opening was my first trip to India in 1995, it was such an intense process to discover 'Mama India', especially Rishikesh and the Holy Ganga River. After this, I got the deep calling to immerse myself more profoundly in the spiritual path and explore the Eastern approach of Philosophy and its various practices. I spent most of my time from 2000 to 2017 in Thailand and India to deepen this quest. I have been practicing various forms of Yoga (Sivananda, Hatha, Kundalini, Nada, Bhakti, Karma, Raja, Tantra, etc.) and various Buddhist meditation practice (Soto Zen Buddhism with Claude Laurent (a Belgian Zen Master), Goenka Vipassana, Tibetan Buddhism).
From 2000 to 2015, I have attended the complete curriculum and taught numerous years in the school of Agama Yoga based in Thailand. For various reasons, I am now completely detached from it, but I am never the less really grateful for all that I have learned and what I have received there.
Since 2006, intensive trainings and sadhanas in the right hand tantric ritual practices with the direct guidance of Guruji Rajkumar Baswar (a tantric Master from Maharashtra, at the center of India), a deep and long immersion in the core of the Indian tantric tradition. We have been organising many important Pujas together (Spiritual pilgrimages) with sometimes more than 100 people coming to attend these intense transformation processes in many important spiritual places all over India. These pujas included intensive mantras practice, fire ceremonies (yagnas), various rituals of purifications using many herbs to cover the body (samskars), the use of the power of the sacred sites of Indian history to amplify the effects, etc. For more information about Rajkumar Baswar, his path and practices.
From 2007 to 2014, seasonally, for 3, 4 months a year, we had our own school, in India, in Bhagsu, Dharamsala, with Monika Nataraj.
Since 2007, attending teachings and receiving initiations in Tibetan Buddhist practices with various teachers mostly in Dharamsala, India, from the Dalai Lama, Karmapa, Chomtrul Rimpoche.
Since 2007, I have participated to numerous silent meditation retreats under the guidance of Sahajananda and the Hridaya Yoga school: www.hridaya-yoga.com
Since 2009, I dedicate myself to follow eagerly the teaching of the Saccha lineage of Maharaji and the Path of the Heart of Prem baba (direct disciple of Maharaji from Brazil). The approach of the path of the Heart and the Djago awakening academy explores the connection between spirituality and psychology. It works on awakening the Heart, the healing power of love, by recognising our false identifications, embracing the shadow side of ourselves and progressively healing from our sense of separation. For more info about Prem Baba, click here.
Since 2009, I also followed the teaching of Mooji, master of Advaita Vedanta and the tradition of Ramana Maharishi and Papaji. For more info about Mooji: www.mooji.tv
These are few of the main step stones on my path, I also met and been deeply touched by the teachings of Amma, Dolano, Goenka, Daniel Odier, Bettina Baumer, Orush Baba, Gangaji, among many others. I'm always eager to open and tune in with new expressions of Truth. I'm eternally grateful of the chance I had to have met so many genuine teachers and teachings from various traditions.
The main tread that guided me trough this quest is the work on purifying and harmonising the Heart, how to open deeply to spiritually and at the same time become a better human being.
I have been teaching intensive yoga and meditation programs: 3 months Yoga Teacher training courses, various types of intensive workshops (2-7 days), meditation silent retreats (3-10 days) in various countries: India, Thailand, Holland, Belgium, France, Swizterland, Spain, Turkey, Canada, (for more info about the various workshops, retreats click here.)
From 2018 to to 2022, we established with my partner Ruth Zueblin in France, in Isère, close to the Lac of Paladru, a beautiful green hilly region and have established the centre Amata. For more information on the place, our project, our future activities, please check: www.centre-amata.com. For various reasons, we decided to stop our activity there.
Since 2023, we choose to move location, we are still in France but in Haute-Garonne, in the Cathares country, close to Saint Felix-de-Lauragais. More information will be available soon on our future activities there.