Sarvesh Shashi: Founder & CEO of Zobra (SARVA)

Megha Rani Megha Rani
Mar 20, 2021 5 min read
Sarvesh Shashi: Founder & CEO of Zobra (SARVA)

Sarvesh Shashi is an Indian Yoga Entrepreneur, who is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Zorba (now, SARVA). He is a fitness trainer and headed as an entrepreneur in 2013 with the studio Zorba. Eventually, he established 100+ yoga studios in India and abroad. Moreover, he is India's youngest CEO to have been funded in the Yoga sector by a listed company. He is named in Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia, Fortune 40 Under 40 India and Business World's 40 Under 40 India. He is ranked in GQ's 50 Most Influential list. As of 2020, he holds an estimated net worth of $1 million.

Sarvesh Shashi- Biography

Name Sarvesh Shashi
Born 15 April, 1992
Birthplace Thrissur, India
Age 29 (2021)
Nationality Indian
Current city Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Education Chettinad Vidhyashram; Loyola College
Profession Entrepreneur
Position Founder & CEO; Zorba (now, SARVA)
Net worth $1 million (2020)
Father Shashi Kumar

Sarvesh Shashi- Personal Life
Sarvesh Shashi- Education
Sarvesh Shashi- Professional Life
Sarvesh Shashi- Success story
Sarvesh Shashi- Business idea
Sarvesh Shashi- Founder & CEO of Zorba
Sarvesh Shashi- Funding via Talwalkars
Sarvesh Shashi- Founder of SARVA


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Sarvesh Shashi- Personal Life

Sarvesh was born in Thrissur, India. Β Shashi Kumar, Sarvesh Shashi's father, is a businessman and the Chairman of Sabari Group. At age 17, his father wanted him to attend yoga classes for which he paid for but could not attend.

From then to now, he learnt how yoga played a significant role in his mental and physical health. It eventually turned him into an Yoga entrepreneur. Today, he is known for establishing a chain of yoga studios across the country.

Sarvesh Shashi- Education

Sarvesh completed his elementary studies from CIRS- Chinmaya International Residential School. He further graduated from Chettinad Vidhyashram and he dropped out from Loyola College, Chennai. He used to participate in various co-curriculum activities like, dance, music, theater and sports.

Sarvesh Shashi- Professional Life

At age 21, Sarvesh was asked by his father to join the family business, Sabari Group, which exports consumer goods to real estate, textiles, and fish exports across Indian southern states. But, he took no interest in the family business and was determined to start his career through yoga.

Sarvesh Shashi- Success story

Sarvesh credits his father for pushing him to evolve into a yoga entrepreneur. Before taking up yoga, he had anger issues and was ill-tempered. But after spending 5 years with his yoga mentor, Vijayendra, whom he refers as guruji, it helped him become a more grounded person.

He believed that his own life went ruthless and the benefits that yoga gave him was something that must be out in the market and help more people like him across the world.


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Sarvesh Shashi- Business idea

Sarvesh initially did not know how to attract an audience to do yoga. He had no plans of advocating his father for any capital. Eventually, he asked his father's permission to start his first studio of Zorba in an empty warehouse owned by his company.

He borrowed INR 16 lakh from an associate to do with the marketing for it. He tethered his guruji to invest INR 1 lakh and take him on the board as mentor. Within four months, Zorba launched its second office in Chennai in 2014 on a franchise owned company operated by (FOCO) model. The third office was launched on World Yoga Day in June 2015.

Sarvesh Shashi- Founder & CEO of Zorba

Sarvesh founded Zorba in December 2013 and serves as its CEO. The company has several trainers specialized in various forms of yoga along with the artistically designed studios for conducting yoga classes. It is a renaissance studio based in Chennai, India. Moreover, the global superstar Jennifer Lopez has expressed interest to invest in Zorba.

Zorba is a Greek word which means living life to the fullest. The company claims to be the only chain of yoga studios in the country that offers 25 forms of yoga like, dance yoga, aqua yoga and so on. It avails its services to customers ranging from two-year-olds to 90-year-old olds.

Sarvesh Shashi- Funding via Talwalkars

Zorba went on to raise funds which eventually helped the company in expanding further. Sarvesh approached Dandekar Capital, a Chennai based investment advisory firm. A director at Dandekar Capital helped him connect with Talwalkars Better Value Fitness.

Significantly, the senior management of Talwalkars visited Zorba's studios and they liked the concept of Zorba. In December 2015, Talwalkars agreed to acquire a stake by investing in Zorba. The deal proved to be fruitful for Zorba's growth and it helped the company go national.

Talwalkars acquired 50% stake of Zorba for $2 million. A large number of Zorba's studios are located within Talwalkars facilities across the country. Zorba has potently branched out into merchandising, covering apparel, food and music. Sarvesh expects 30% of Zorba's turnover to come from merchandise.


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Sarvesh Shashi- Founder of SARVA

SARVA Logo

In December 2013, Sarvesh founded SARVA- Yoga, Mindfulness & Beyond, based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. The word SARVA is derived from a Sanskrit word which means archer.

The company has tied with Bollywood Actress, Malaika Arora to launch Diva Yoga, with an aim to encourage women. She is a cordial investor in SARVA and has now become the Co-founder of both SARVA and Diva Yoga. Today, Zorba is known as SARVA and is one of the top yoga startups in India.

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

What is Sarvesh Shashi net worth?

The net worth of Sarvesh Shashi is estimated to be around $1 Million as of 2020.

Who is the SARVA yoga Founder?

The founder of zorba Sarvesh Shashi is also the owner of SARVA as today, Zorba is known as SARVA.

What is SARVA?

Sarva is a chain of yoga studios founded by Sarvesh Shashi. It was previously known as Zorba.

What is Sarvesh Shashi age?

As of 2021, Sarvesh Shashi age is 29 years old.

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