Born in Chile in 1947, Gustavo started his yoga studies in India in 1972 at the Theosophical Society in Chennai and every year since he has returned to India. He studied with BKS Iyengar for 15 years, Pattabhi Jois, continually duringr 2 years, TKV Desikachar, Shri Yogendra and many other teachers not known in the West.

Gustavo speaks fluently 6 languages and has lived 20 years in Japan, 10 years in Europe and 2 in India. In his working life he was CEO of a mining company in Belgium and Chilean Ambassador to Japan. In Chile he founded one of the largest and best-known schools of yoga ( He teaches extensively throughout South America and Europe. He founded a yoga retreat and wellness centre, Canal Om ( on the Pacific coast near Santiago, which has been featured in many publications including ‘Great Yoga Retreats’ by Taschen.

He has developed his own style of yoga, Sattva Yoga (meaning balance and harmony)  which promotes physical and energetic symmetry, corrects chronic back problems, optimises the function of internal organs and increases muscular tone thereby enhancing flexibility. This method emphasises the opening of the hips and the stabilisation of the spine and can be practiced in a flowing manner (Sattva Vinyasa), using the wall (Sattva Chikitsa) or with a partner.

In 2003 he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma stage 4, a very aggresive and incurable cancer of the immune system – and given just 6 years to live. This was a turning point in his life and he is determined to defy the statistics, using yoga and Ayurveda as the main tools to stay well and strong. He shares his experience of this in a book just released, “Yoga, Ayurveda and Acupunture as a complementary treatment of cancer”.

He has published 15 books on yoga and several DVDs. Gustavo has a relaxed yet very focussed approach, is very personable and enjoys immensely sharing his knowledge with students everywhere.

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