About | Shunyashunya Yoga Shala


About us

Shunyashunya Pvt. Ltd.

Shunhyashunya Pvt. Ltd. is a small company based in Estonia and founded in early 2013.

Our goal is to provide yogis with a fun, inexpensive and individualized experience, enabling them to discover and master yoga practices more efficiently.

What is Shunyashunya?

Shunya or Shunyata is a concept found in Buddhist, as well as Vedic teachings. Translated from Sanskrit, these words mean "zero", "void", "vacuity", "openness", "emptiness", "spaciousness", yet have a deep philosophical meaning.

In Indian thought, the number zero is believed to be the most significant number of them all, as it reflects reinvention and energetic flow. From Buddhism, we know this concept to describe the true nature of all, where dualities do not exist. It stands for the only existing constant, which is disguised by the never-ending change of phenomena, appearances, identities and substances. This concept also refers to a meditative state of emptiness, where the empty mind can see the true nature of reality. This state has no limitations, no borders and, thus, has infinite potential.

Therefore, Shunyashunya represents mind stuff that is empty of movements and is void, but not void, as it expresses the ultimate truth. Osho uses a beautiful metaphore to describe shunya:

"Shunya is like the sky - pure presence. You cannot touch it, although You live in it. You cannot see it, although You can never be without it. You exist in it; just as the fish exists in the ocean, You exist in space, in shunya. Shunyavada means that everything arises out of no-thing."
- The Heart Sutra, ch. 2: Surrender Is Understanding

Teachers

Kelly Hrupa

I took my first yoga lesson at the age of twelve and somehow I knew I was engaging in something special. When I was fifteen years of age, I began to take interest in Eastern philosophies. My attention was captured by Buddhist texts, as I found the kind of wisdom there that seemed to fit with the way I believed our existence should be interpreted and understood. At sixteen, some yoga books had found me and I took up asana, pranayama and meditation practice independently. Even though I practiced erratically, the seed of yoga had been planted. I evolved along with my practice, until yoga had become a normal part of my daily experience and I found myself on the mat and in life every day.

Having practiced for eight years, I started teaching a few years ago in India and Denmark. I teach mainly on an individual basis, as it is important to me that the student gets focused attention. Bodies, emotional landscapes and beliefs are different from person to person, so I´m a strong advocate of yoga as an intimate relationship the practitioner develops with himself or herself. As a teacher, my purpose is to understand the student and facilitate his or her practice to the best of my ability. A lot of my teaching comes from Buddhist thought and svadhyaya or self-study.

I associate yoga with freedom and self-sufficiency. It gives strength and enables us to become truly free and in control of our lives. Yoga is what happens when we align our thoughts and actions with our true self.

Team

Brian René Jensen

Web developer

At Shunyashunya, I spend most of my time handling many of the ´behind-the-scenes´ tasks, including video recording/processing and website hosting/maintenance.

As You might have already guessed, my educational background is IT-based. Most recently, I graduated in early 2014 as Web developer from UCN, Denmark.

I moved to Estonia in 2014 where I took on the challenge of creating a yoga video portal that was to become Shunyashunya Yoga Shala. From under the roof of Shunyashunya, I also take on the role as an IT-consultant and Systems developer for some of our other partners.

Kelly Hrupa

Founder

A few years back, I would have most probably laughed at the idea of being titled as a ´founder of a company´, since I´ve never thought of myself as a person, who gets excited about business. As a matter of fact, I still don´t, to a great extent. But what I have found is that there are millions of ways to do things and, in the end of the day, what matters is just that - HOW we do things.

I believe that doing business can be a noble path, as long as we approach it with integrity, love and intellect. This, in short, is the good spirit, in which entrepreneurship should be practiced. We should all strive to cultivate a sense of community in our workplaces and remember that all good things start with each end every person´s thoughts and small actions.

I believe that yoga is everywhere around us, perhaps most explicitly through its teachings of moral and ethical conduct, so I strive to realize the yoga in all my business affairs, too. I really take it to be normal that business should go hand in hand with good manners, good intentions and compassion.

our Friends

Muusikateraapia keskus

Music Therapy Center is a place, where alternative health and wellness methods come together. The center offers yoga group classes and privates in collaboration with Shunyashunya Yoga Shala.

"Music Therapy Center was brought to life to help a unique person cope with himself and his environment in the speed of daily life, as well as offer self-development opportunities to those, who wish to lead a more fulfilling, wholesome life than before." - Music Therapy Center

GAME club

Our collaboration partner GAME club organizes innovative trainings based on the game method. Primarily working with kids, they conduct games that emphasize life competencies and social skills.

"GAME club is a training & event management agency with an original style. Our events and trainings consist of at least 50% interactive designer games. We regard game as an articulated system creating and sustaining energy." - GAME club

Sushumna Yoga School & Studios in Goa

Sushumna Yoga School is our farthest partner, situated more than 8.000 km away from Estonia, in the beautiful surroundings of Goa, in India, the cradle of yoga. But it can become the partner closest to your heart when you want to learn more about yoga from international and Indian wellbeing experts and to be advised and supported to achieve you utmost health potential.

"A strong interest in Yoga and wellbeing will give you wings to fly to Sushumna Yoga!" - Sushumna Yoga

SomaFM

SomaFM delivers the radiostations that we make available to our users while they watch our videos.

"We're a listener-supported, commercial-free internet-only radio station. This means no advertising or annoying commercial interruptions. Our mission is to search out and expose great new music to people who otherwise may never encounter it." - SomaFM