Teaching Lineage

Shri O.P. Tiwari is one of the world’s leading authorities in pranayama and the Secretary General of Kaivalyadhama. With over fifty years of experience, Tiwariji has dedicated his life to the teaching and practice of yoga. He is a direct disciple of Swami Kuvalayanandaji, founder of Kaivalyadhama and the world’s pioneer of scientific research in the field of yoga. Tiwariji was taught in depth by his guru, and had direct exposure to not only the philosophical and practical aspects of Yoga but also to the scientific research that was being propagated by his teacher. This puts him in an incredibly unique position of teaching pranayama with a classical technique, where a scientific outlook harmonises with traditional wisdom. He is one of the few remaining masters of pranayama and Hatha Yoga in the world today. A humble man, Tiwariji’s goal is to pass on the traditional practices of yoga with integrity and sincerity. 

Evolve Yoga Training endeavours to pass on this wisdom through it's trainings. Vicki Shields Founder and Director has spent over 12 years immersed in Tiwarijis teachings through annual trips to the east learning directly with him the techniques passed from Swami Kuvalayananda. She is one of only a handful of western students to be a direct student  practicing advanced Pranayama techniques under his direct guidance.


Vicki Shields has studied in depth  with Paul Dallaghan (a senior student of Tiwariji's) since 2003 she is a senior graduate of his Teacher Training courses and has assisted at his world renowned retreat in Koh Samui Thailand.


Paul Dallaghan is a well-known world-class yogi, scientist and teacher with 30 years of experience in the practice and study of yoga, the breath, and the meditative techniques. His dedication to the path of yoga has come from a combination of intense practices, meditative experiences, silent retreats and Numerous pilgrimages in India, Tibet and Thailand. He was one of the dedicated few to put in many years with Pattabhi Jois in the old days of ashtanga vinyasa, certified by him, with an expertise in asana. Further, his dedication to the practice of pranayama over 20 years leaves him in the unique position as the senior student to carry forth These teachings from his teacher OP Tiwari and the tradition of Swami Kuvalayananda and Sri Madhavadas. In addition, he was accepted into one of the top PhD programs in the US to conduct scientific research on yoga and its effects. He is still a student and loves to share and learn. Sincerity, not seriousness, is the key to enjoying this path of yoga and meditation. He has taught workshops and trainings all over the world, and founded the retreat centre Samahita, in Thailand teaching students from all backgrounds and all levels of physical and mental readiness in Centered Yoga as an open-minded method to Encourage inner awareness.