Since 2000, Jani has explored yoga with Janne Kontala, his life-long teacher and friend. He has practiced both Hatha and Ashtanga yoga everyday since then and they have become an integral part of his spiritual experience. Jani’s passion and commitment to yoga has given him the privilege to participate in extensive yoga training from various international teachers, such as Cle Souren, B.N.S. Iyengar, Dwarka Das, Yogi Sachi, and Brahmacari Rudradev.
Jani has been practicing yoga for 15 years now and he teaches traditional Hatha, Slow yoga, Vinyasa, Ashtanga yoga and yoga philosophy. Known for sharing his love and knowledge of yoga in a clear, dynamic and generous manner, he receives invitations and returns regularly to teach workshops and conduct retreats throughout Europe, India, Australia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, China, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong, USA and South America.
Jani dedicates at least 5 hours daily to his yoga practice and can perform up to 2000 asanas. He sticks to his daily routine no matter where he is, whether he’s on the road he would never skips his practice, except if he is ill. His dedication and devotion to the whole meaning of yoga is a true inspiration for everyone who has the opportunity to develop their yoga with him.
Jani is currently based in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. He started his own home-based yogashala – Gokul Yoga since 2012 when he moved to Malaysia with his wife. He is the father of two little girls and a baby boy. He enjoys making music, drawing, swimming and chanting.