Shri 1008 Jagadguru Dr.Chandrashekhar Shivacharya Mahaswamiji Dr.Chandrashekhar Shivacharya

We are so blessed to get the 2nd time this great opportunity that Shri Jagadguru Dr. Chandrashekhar Shivacharya Mahaswamiji  from the Jagamwadi Math in Varanasi will visit us from 24-25 March at Vedic Valley!




24 March
1.Lecture on Vira Shaivaism, The Law on Karma and reincarnation, Nature of God: personal and impersonal aspects, The nature of the material energy, The nature of the soul: the stages of the evolution of consciousness. The objectives of human life (dharma). The main text of the tradition.

2.Vira Shaivism as a spiritual path, Yoga as a relationship with God through action (karma yoga), clear thoughts (mantra yoga) and knowledge (jnana yoga). World: A look at the nature of the universe, the nature of the soul and God.

3.Shiva Yoga as a way of life, the vows, the details of practice. Shiva puja – as the main form of worship of Shiva: the meaning and symbolism of the traditional ritual.

The lecture will be simultaneously translated into English and Russian languages

March 25

Shiva Puja blessing for SHIVA- Mantra, and the Mantra Diksha Linga.

Admission is free, it is recommended donation!
For participation please contact us:

About the Jangamwadi Math & Vira Shaivaism 

The Jangamwadi math (pronounced as ‘mutt’) belongs to the ViraShaivaism and is one of the most prominent math in Varanasi. A ‘math’ is a center of learning and research lead by a Peethadhipati or a great leader and every ‘math’ and its followers owe their allegiance to a specific religious thought and way of worship and conduct in life. Shaiva Dharma is believed to have promoted the worship of Shiva in his many different forms.  The Jangamwadi Math is also known as the Jana Simhasan or Jana Peeth. The word ‘Jangam’ means ‘one who knows Shiva’ and ‘Wadi’ means ‘place of living’. Therefore, the place where those who are ‘aware’ of the Shiva stay, came to be known as Jangamwadi. At present, Shri Jagadguru Shivacharya Dr. Chandrasekhar Shivacharya Mahaswami is the 86th ‘Peethadhipati’ or the leader of the math in Kashi.
Interview with Kashi Jagadguru Mahaswamiji – the spiritual teacher of Shivaite tradition:
-Tell us please about the philosophy and spiritual practice of Vira Shivaism

The core theory of virashivaism is named “the theory of the six states/conditions” (“shat sthala siddhanta”). Generally, in this theory the Higher Brahman, Paramatma, is named “Sthala”. In Siddhanta Shikhamani it is said: “In what is (“STHIyate”) and then dispels (“Liyate”) the whole world – that is Sthala.” First, there was only Sthala, the peculiar feature of which was Visharma shakti (the power of awareness, the ability realize yourself). In this universal Sthala there appeared a wish to start a game (lila): “I, the only, will become each and every.” (“Ekoham bahudham prajae.”) Then, Sthala took the form of of linga, and the inherent to it Shakti took the form of Kala (the ability to create, to originate). The linga separated into 6 parts. First, there distinguished 3 parts – bhava linga (corresponding to the casual level of being), prana linga (corresponding to the level of the mind and feelings), and ishta linga (corresponding to the physical level). Then, each of these lingas divides into two and there appears 6 lingas:
1. Achara linga
2. Guru linga
3. Shiva linga
4. Jangama linga
5. Prasada linga
6. Maha linga.
Corresponding Kala:
1. Nivritti kala (creating indifference to the world, detachment from the world)
2. Pratishtha kala (creating stillness, calmness of the mind)
3. Vidya kala (giving the ability to perceive and maintain wisdom)
4. Shanti kala (creating calmness, peacefulness)
5. Shantyatita kala (making this calmness more deep and sustainable)
6. Shantyatitottara kala (creating stillness of the samadhi state).
In this way, there appeared 6 lingas and 6 corresponding to them kalas. After this, from the initial Sthala there distinguished another part. It is named Anga. And the energy belonging to Anga is named Bhakti (love, devotion). To the six lingas there correspond six angas:
1. Bhakta
2. Maheshwara
3. Prasadi
4. Pranalingi
5. Sharana
6. Aykya.
Bhakti-energies of these angas are named correspondingly:
1. Shraddha bhakti (devotion, characterized by belief)
2. Nishtha hakti (adamant devotion characterized by constancy of the beliefs)
3. Avadhana bhakti (devotion with care, compassionate devotion)
4. Anubhava bhakti (devotion accompanied by ingenuous experience)
5. Ananda bhakti (devotion accompanied by bliss)
6. Samarasa bhakti (devotion, which led to complete unity).
 Bhakti, Gyana, Raja yoga in virashivaism: in what form and what proportions are they present in sadhana of virashaiva?

All the practice is based on Bhakti (devotion). But this bhakti changes accordingly during the spiritual growth of the person; this is why the ways of bhakti manifestation change. First, those are actions, ceremonies, and then – raja yoga, pranayama, and trataka on the ishta-linga, then contemplation of the inner light. As times goes, with the clarification of the mind, a human starts to give more time to inner contemplation practices. This is also bhakti, love to the God. Developing, deepening bhakti creates ingenuous feeling of the inner presence of God – spiritual experience. Speaking about yoga of the knowledge (gyana–yoga), a person receives this knowledge from the very beginning. During the initiation the Teacher tell the student: “You are a part of Shiva. By your nature you are Shiva.” This is the knowledge. But for this theoretical knowledge to become practical practice is needed – rites, mind clearing practices, concentration practices, studies of philosophy, texts of this tradition – Shaiva Agamas, Siddhanta Shikhamani etc. All of these practices in this or other way bring us to the same result – the mind of person purifies, then acquires sustainability, and capacity for lasting meditation. And then a person himself clearly sees: “I am – Shiva.” The mind of an ordinary person can be compared with a dirty mirror in a shaking hand – it is not possible to see yourself in it. First, the mirror should be cleaned. Then, it should be fixed. And then, it would be possible to look into this mind-mirror and see your own self, your Atma.
On the way to self-actualization (Atma gyana), what is the importance of personal effort and mercy from the God? What is the ratio?
Personal effort is important. And mercy from the God is also important. The more there is bhakti in a person, the more interest to the practice he has, the more time and attention he dedicates to it. And as long as there is any interest to the world, different desires will distract him from the practice. When there are several aim, and all of them are different, the advancement goes slowly. But the stronger the bhakti, the intention to reach self-actualization, the faster God and human get closer. Shakti (the divine energy) and bhakti (the energy of a human aspiration for God) have similar nature. They are equal, but they have opposite directions: shakti is directed downwards, into the world, to the human, and bhakti is directed upwards, to the God. The quality of bhakti and shakti always match. In Siddhanta Shikhamani it is said that aspiration of a man and mercy of the God are connected as a seed and a tree – from the seed a tree grows, and from the tree a seed appears. And it is not possible to say what follows after what here. So, a man should do the practice, clear his mind, strengthen the belief, become a clean vessel ready to take more and more of God’s mercy.
Some people say, that a foreigner can not truly become a Hinduist, because he does not have the gotra (ancestral lineage); that it is possible to become a hindu only if you were born in an Indian family. However, you give traditional initiation to the foreigners – what is your opinion about this (can a Western man be considered to be Hindu the way the Indian one is considered)? Does a Western receive the same initiation in virashivaism as does an Indian?
Yes, foreigner receive just the same initiation as Indians do. There are two kinds of traditions in Hinduism – those based on Vedas and those based on Agamas. Vedas and Agamas are equally acknowledged as the sources of sacred knowledge. Both of them originated from God: Vedas are called to be the breathing of God, and Agamas – are his words. Shaiva Agamas are the dialogs of Shiva and Parvati. The system described in Vedas is based on social division (based on varnas: brahmana, kshatriya, vaysha, and shudra). Only men who are representatives of the three varnas (brahmana, kshatriya, and vaysha) qualify for initiation. In Agamas another kind of initiation is described – diksha. This initiation can be received by anyone regardless of gender and social position. In this case, mind condition of a person is important, his aspiration for self-actualization. The teacher watches the student, assesses his level of readiness, and according to this gives him diksha. In Agamas it is said: “Having appraised the level of God energy presence in a person (the devotion of a person) initiation should be given to him.” (“Shaktipatam samalokya dikshaya yojaed amum.”) In this way, in virashivaism and other traditions, based on Agamas, origin and citizenship of a person have no importance.
In the West, hot discussions about sattvic vegetarian diet are in a full flow in the yoga community. Some say that this is only the cultural peculiarity of India caused by hot climate, and that diet does not influence spiritual development. Please, share your opinion whether vegetarian diet is important.
Our food predetermines the state of our mind. The food becomes the mind. This process and the necessity of food purification are described in detail in Upanishadas. Some part of the food is eliminated from the body with urine and excrement, some part of it transforms into the tissues of the body, and the subtle part of the food transforms into the mind. Correspondingly, what the food is, so would be the mind condition. In Ayurveda, there are described three gunas – three qualities of substance: sattva, rajas, and tamas. Rajastic food makes the mind restless, impassioned. Tamastic leads to torpor, somnolence. And sattvic food harmonizes the mind, makes it the best instrument for perception of the Truth. Moreover, amongst the ten components of dharma (correspondence to the laws of universe, of harmony with the world and God) non-violence (ahimsa) is the first. It it not possible to employ violence to any live creature. Violence (himsa) and non-violence (ahimsa) – are sophisticated concepts. There exist different kinds of violence: physical violence, verbal non-violence and mental violence. To stab a live creature or to kill it – is physical violence. Making a live creature to feel unhappy by a word, making it hurt through speaking – is verbal violence. And maintaining inside of you unkind, unfavorable thoughts – is mental violence. For non-violence these three kinds of violence should be avoided, including physical one. When you kill animals food, what kind non-violence is it?! God has created various kind of food. There are some live creatures who can not survive without eating meat, whose nutrition is meat only. If they do not eat meat – they will simply die. But people do not belong to that kind. A man was given a choice – was given the ability to live on vegetarian food. In our life we always have to make a choice between satisfaction of immediate wishes and reaching higher goals in life. It is necessary to realize to which result every choice will bring us and to take decisions correspondingly. They say, some of the buddhist saints used to eat meat, and Paramahasa Ramakrishna ate fish. May be, in the beginning, they kept that habit which was coming from the traditions of their localities. But I think, that advancing to higher spiritual states they abandoned eating meat. In virashivaism, vegetarian nutrition is a necessary condition for everybody.
In Upanishadas the God is mainly named just Brahman. He is described as the Higher Principle with no definite form, universal, present everywhere. In Puranas we see there is a division into vaishnava, shakta, shaiva Puranas. And each Purana states that this or other form of God “is the main”. This brings Western mind into confusion. Between the vaishnavas and the devotees of Shiva (at least in the West) there exists an argument “which God is the highest” involving the quotes from Puranas which contradict each other quite often. How would clear up the question?
“The Truth is one. Sages describe in various ways” (“Ekam sat vipra bahudha vadanti.”) God is universal, but to make it easier for the people to perceive him and express their love to him, they describe different manifestations of Him – names and forms. The same way, one person is the “son” for his mother, “father” for his children, “colleague” for the people he works with, etc. The person is one and the same, but different people see different displays of him and name them differently also. In order to maintain and increase belief it is better when a man believes that his personal idol is the best. In Shastra it is written that it is needed to believe that the idol that you are continuously worshiping to, that is the most dear to you – is the best. For some people, the most close one is Vishnu – the God maintaining the world – who is very caring and prosperity giving one. Then, naturally, he would say that Vishnu is the highest God. For some people, the most close one is Shiva-Ascetic who ruins illusions and attachments. Then, the person would say that Shiva is the highest. Such belief help at certain stage, allows to concentrate the mind on one distinct object. But this should not be the reason for discord. In the higher sense these all are the images of one Truth. The same Substance, which is described in Upanishadas as universal Brahman, in Puranas is described in the form of sagas, stories, in order to simplify the understanding of complicated philosophical concepts for ordinary people and arise in them aspiration for God, love to him. There is no necessity to compare Puranas and seek for contradictions in them. At the first stages it would seem that there are many contradictions. And there are none of those at higher stages. When devotees of different divine beings started to quarrel with each other, Shankacharya had no other way but worship all the five faces of God in order to show people: “There is no contradiction in this. Worship all of them.” Upanishadas say about Eternity-Consciousness-Bliss (Sat-Chit-Ananda), but not everyone is able to understand this. Behind every name and image there hides Sat-Chit-Ananda. In every shape there is shapeless substance. In a seed, there a sprout. With the flow of time it will uncover and reveal itself. And then it will turn into seeds again. The shapeless takes the form, and the form dissolves in the shapeless in a while. This is the divine game (lila).

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If a person feels interest in the image of Shiva, spontaneously experiences the wish to utter his mantras, enjoys high emotions thinking of Him, – can such a person be considered as a Shiva bhakta, or in this case a diksha into some of the shaiva sampradaya is needed to be named a shaivite?
What do you want: to be named a shivaite or to come closer to Shiva? Interest in the image of Shiva, worshiping Shiva, repeating mantra – this is bhakti, devotion. This all is a beginner state, quite a perfunctory one. Doing this can take all the life. But in case there is an intention to deepen the practice, initiation from the Teacher is perfectly needed.
And, for the ending, please give us some recommendation where to travel, what to be ready for, whom to address, – in case our Western readers intend to receive initiation into virashaiva sampradaya?
Initiation can be received from any of the Shivacharya – virashaiva Swamiji. Before this, necessarily get to know what rules you will need to keep to (vegetarian diet, refusal the use of alcohol, smoking and the like is meant), what practicies you will need to do daily. Those are wearing a small shivalinga as an amulet on the neck, conducting everyday puja (short variation takes about 15 min), repeating the mantra. Please, read a lot on virashivaism philosophy. I would strongly advise you reading Siddhanta Shikhamani. It has already been translated into English. In Agamas it is written that it is best to receive initiation after purification done beforehand, from a well-known and well-educated Teacher, in a favorable month, in a favorable day. Come to India. Or come for a meeting when I travel around different countries.
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AcroYoga - Teacher Training Level1


Jan 17 to Feb 1 2016

with Alexandra Ruiz, Oliver Chamorro and Surya la Pastina

Becoming an AcroYoga Teacher connects you to a worldwide tribe of healers that love to play and create community. When you complete the teacher training you enter into a global family of metta monkeys! With 500+ certified teachers worldwide, you will tap into the resources of an international network of colleagues, playmates, and co-collaborators. After completing the level one teacher training there are many doors that open to you around the world.

Price: $2700-$3400 USD Tuition covers: 3 vegetarian meal per day, lodging, Teacher Training manual and tuition for 10+ hours a day of instruction. 


Applications will be accepted for each training individually on a rolling basis. Please join the AcroYoga Frequent Flyer E-Newsletter to stay up to date with the latest information.

The Steps


We have several key requirements that we feel are necessary you have before you attend the Teacher Training. We need you to be an experienced and proficient yoga teacher to begin with. We also need you to have a very good knowledge and embodiment of the AcroYoga curriculum. This is why we ask for a 200Hr certification as well as at least 2 Immersions under your belt, The TT is geared towards giving you the tools to teach the AcroYoga curriculum in a safe and consistent manner. The TT is not an advanced AcroYoga Training.
The pre-requisites are:
    • Certification of a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training or equivalent.
    • Completion of at least 2 Immersions, priority will be given to students that have completed all 3 (Elemental, Lunar and Solar). Each Immersion offers at least 30 hours of in depth study of AcroYoga methods and progressive practices.
    • The Immersions must be 2 different types: i.e. Elemental + Lunar, or Elemental + Solar. It is recommended to take Immersions in areas where you have less formal experience or training.
    • Additional 50 hours or 2 years of studying with certified AcroYoga teachers (In any form of Classes, Workshops, Series, Privates, Conferences, & Festivals)
    • Contact time, minimum of 50 hours each in Yoga, Acrobatics and Thai Massage or another Healing Art.
    • Teaching experience in yoga, massage, acrobatics in a formal group setting for at least 1 year.

       Recommended Ongoing Training

  • 1 minute free headstand
  • 30 seconds handstand against the wall
  • At least five (5) of each with good form; push ups, downdog pushups, v-ups & hollow body rocks
  • Base & Fly Levels 1 & 2 of all Therapeutic Flying Flows
  • Comfortable with Supine Level 1 Flow
  • Own and have seen both the Lunar and Solar DVD
  • Own and have trained all the content in the Elements to AcroYoga manual
  • Review the elements of the Manual on a regular basis


Yoga Lehrer Ausbildung 200h Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga Ausbildung 200h

Termin: 18.2. – 18.3.2016
Info und Anmeldung unter

Die Yoga Ausbildung in Goa ist ein systematisches und ganzheitliches Training für Körper, Geist & Seele und schafft eine solide Grundlage für deine eigene Yogapraxis. Du lernst die verschiedenen Yoga-Wege umfassend kennen und erhältst bereits eigene Unterrichtserfahrung aus gegenseitigem Unterrichten in kleinen Gruppen. Die bunte Vielfalt der indischen Mythologie, yogisch ayurvedische Ernährung und klassische, anatomisch korrekte Asana-Praxis bringen dich tief in die geheimnisvolle Welt des Yoga.
Die Ausbildung ist sowohl für jene gedacht, die die verantwortungsvolle Aufgabe, Yoga weiterzugeben, zu ihrem B…eruf machen wollen, als
auch für jene, die tiefer in die eigene Praxis eintauchen wollen. Die Yogalehrerausbildung bietet einen umfassenden Überblick über die wichtigsten Yoga Asanas, deren korrekte Ausführung, Wirkung und Anleitung in Yogagruppen.
Besonderer Wert wird auch auf angewandte Anatomie gelegt sowie klassischer und tantrischer Yoga Philosophie. Therapeutisches Yoga,
Meditation und Pranayama sind ebenso Bestandteil der Ausbildung.

Die Voraussetzung für die Teilnahme an der Ausbildung ist eine mindestens einjährige regelmäßige Yogapraxis, sowie der Wunsch, tiefer in
Philosophie und Praxis des Yoga einzutauchen.


Die Voraussetzung für die Teilnahme an der Ausbildung ist der Wunsch, tiefer in Philosophie und Praxis des Yoga einzutauchen.

Zum Training mitzubringen ist eine Buchrezession im Umfang von einer Seite aus einem der folgenden Bücher:

• Bhagavad Gita (empfohlen: Goldmann Verlag, Jack Hawley)

• Der Urquell des Yoga (B.K.S. Iyengar)

• Yoga und Vegetarismus (Sharon Gannon)


Die Ausbildung kann in 2 Modulen (2015 und 2016) oder als Ganzes in 4 Wochen absolviert werden. Yogalehrende mit abgeschlossener Ausbildung und dem Wunsch, tiefer einzutauchen, können auch in das Modul 2 einsteigen.

Modul 1 Basic: 19.02. – 04.03. 120 h

Modul 2 Advanced: 05.03. – 18.03. 120 h

Die Ausbildung ist durch die Yoga Alliance international anerkannt und zertifiziert. Mit dem erfolgreichen Abschluss ist der Einstieg in die den Aufbaulehrgang (Abschluss 500+) möglich. Der Abschluss erfolgt durch eine schriftliche Prüfung sowie 2 Lehrproben.

Unterlagen & Unterrichtssprache

Die Ausbildung wird bilingual in Deutsch und

Englisch gehalten.


• Übungspraxis: Asanas, Pranayamas, Mudras, Bhandas, Meditation, Mantra, Puja, Satsang, Shat Karma

• Philosophie: Yogawege, Ernährung, Prana, Körper & Hüllen, Chakren, Yoga Sutras & Ashtanga Yoga, Kleshas,Karma, Bhagavad Gita

• Yoga und Psychologie: Stressmanagement, Gedankenkraft, Affirmationen und Entspannungstechniken

• Anatomische & pathologische Grundlagen, Ausrichtungsprinzipien (Alignment), Trainingslehre

• Übungs- und Unterrichtstechniken


07.30 h – 08.30 h Meditation & Pranayama

08.30 h – 10.00 h Yoga-Klasse

10.00 h – 11.00 h Frühstück

11.00 h – 12.30 h Philosophie

12.30 h – 14.30 h Mittagspause

14.30 h – 16.00 h Theorie

16.50 h – 16.45 h Mantra & Bhakti




Yogic Life Seminar with Anand Acharya Yoga Seminar

November 14th- 27th 2015 & March 02st- 15th April 2016 at Vedic Valley – Resort, Morjim Beach

Anand Yoga A Yogi is superior to the ascetics and even superior to men of knowledge, he is also superior to men of action; therefore be a Yogi, O Arjuna!

The 14 days Seminar integrates daily Nitya Karmas with Yoga, Mudra, Bandha and Pranayama classes as well as developing deeper awareness of Meditation Sadhana, Yoga Nidra and Kundalini Chakra practices.

Starting with Kunjal Kriya early morning and ending with evening Arati under our Banyan Temple along with performing of Agni Hotra and reciting of Vedic Mantras to purify and balance body, mind and environment.

Come and join this unique Yoga Seminar at our Vedic Valley Resort, Morjim Beach, where you can experience traditional yogic practices with ancient wisdom and Daily routines for a yogic way of life.

Enjoy an incredible “Retreat into Yourself” among tropical nature, sunset meditation and delicious vegetarian meals!

Yoga Seminar

Seminar Fees: € 300.- per person

Single Accommodation: € 588.- per person in Eco Bungalow A with ensuite Bathroom (Wifi)

Sharing Accommodation: € 420.- per person in Eco Bungalow A with ensuite Bathroom (Wifi)

*including 2 healthy, vegetarian Meals, daily Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation  Practices, Vedic Lectures, Yogic Cleansing Procedure ( Shankaprakshalana), etc.

To Reserve your place please contact us!

Bhakti Camp 10-15 January 2016 Bhakt Camp



Bhakti is the yoga of a personal relationship with God.-Jai Uttal 

Bhakti means whatever strikes your heart with beauty, whatever its the mark of your heart and inspires you to just feel the love.- Sianna Sherman 

The sweetest of the yoga approaches.- Frawley

Ecstatic Kirtans, Asana & Pranayama, Thai Yoga Massage, Acro Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Vedic Rituals & Ceremonies, Surfing, Harmonium Workshops, Pure Ayurvedic Meals and much more…
This is a full residential retreat.
Arrival 10th January
Departure 15th January

5 Days of Bhakti Yoga sadhana chanting the Divine Names, learning Hanuman Chalisa, Bhakti Yoga Sutras, Gayatri Rituals, Esctatic Kirtans and Harmoniums Basic . With a perfect combination of Thai Yoga Massage, AcroYoga and Bhakti Pranayama.

We come together to celebrate life immersed in a Bhakti Spirit, be in The Bhav. This Bhakti Camp is for those who wish to enhance their Yoga teaching, Yoga Practice with chanting, devotional practices and those who simply wish to immerse themselves in the vast ocean of Bhakti.

In this retreat we will share some of the many t…ools that are in our Bhakti practices. Our hope is that everyone will leave this camp with the experience and that we are all able to dive into this world of devotion and sing and share our hearts with others.

What it cost:
early bird until 1st September
Shared Accommodation: €350
Single Accommodation : €450
Final Price
Shared Accommodation: €450
Single Accommodation : €550

Vedic Valley, Ashvem Beach, North Goa, India


*Includes Accommodation and 2 meals per day

Vedic Wedding Ritual Vedic Wedding India

The traditional Vedic Wedding Ceremony is one of the oldest wedding ceremonies in the world, elevating the physical union to spiritual dimension. So if you are looking for  a sacred Vedic Wedding Ceremony in a romantic and exotic environment with spiritual guidance and auspicious timing, we will assist you in this most auspicious day in your life.

Yogafestival in Goa, January 13-20, 2014 Yogafestival

Come and experience an amazing Yogafestival with world-class Yoga Teachers, Masters and Musicians in India, where Yoga originated. During the one week Festival, you will have the opportunity to participate in unique Master Classes with multiple styles of Yoga, chanting Kirtans, enjoying vegetarian food and Goa’s most beautiful Beach.

Yogafestival-Teachers and Master-Classes:

Mark and Joanne Darby (Canada)

Mark und Joanne DarbyMark & Joanne Darby have been practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga for over 30 years. They started their practic under guidence of K. Pattabhi Jois in 1978-79 and lived in Mysore for 4 years continiously studying with their Guru. They are part of the few teachers worldwide who have attained the highest level of Ashtanga Yoga accreditation and are certified by Pattabhi Jois to teach the original Ashtanga method. Their teachings are dynamic and emphasis on adjustments in asanas , bandhas and breathing technics. In Canada  they established a Yogastudio and leading workshops around the world.


Master Classes:

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in Shri K. Pattabhi Jois tradition.

3 Master-Classes with detailed work on Asanas, Bandhas, Vinyasas.

Watch a short Video of Mark & Joanne teaching at the Rainbow Yogafestival 2012 in Vedic Valley:


Dr.Madhavan Munusamy (Karur, India)

Dr. Madhavan MunusamyDr. Madhavan Munusamy belongs to the South-Indian branch of Swami Sivananda tradition of yoga. Yogacharya Madavan is Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from Venkatramana Ayurvedic Medical College (Chennai). He also received a Post Graduate Diploma in Yoga Therapy from Vivekananda Yoga Anusadhana Samsthana in Bangalore and attended the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram TTC and Advanced TTC courses. Dr. Madavan’s Institute is registered by the Government of Tamil Nadu. Yogacharya Madhavan is an expert in Pranayama and Yoga Therapy and his yoga students are frequent Champions at the International Yoga Festival run by Swami Gitananda Ashram, Pondicherry.

Master Classes:

Yogatherapy- correction of Asanas for better health.

Classical Pranayama and Meditation in the Sivananda Yoga and Tamil Siddhas Tradition.

Lecture: Importance of Shatkriyas


Vitaliy Litvinov (Moscow)

Vitaly Litvinov.jpgVitaliy Litvinov is a BKS Iyengar  Yoga Teacher, certified with: Introductory 1 (2006), Introductory 2 (2008) and Junior 1 (2010). Vitaliy started his yoga practice in 2002 at Moscow Iyengar Yoga center and teaches since 2004. He attained workshops of Senoir teachers – Sri BKS Iyengar, Stephanie Quirk, Louis Steinberg, Gloria Goldberg, Gabriella Jubilaro, Faek Biria, etc. and studied at Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Puna, India from 2007-2011 with BKS Iyengar and his family. He also practices Kriya Yoga in Lahiri Mahasaya tradition. Winner of „Fitness Professional of the Year 2007″ Coach of body and mind and  Author of „Yoga in your pocket: Surya Namaskar“. He organises Yoga-Seminars around the world and trekkings to Kailash in Tibet.


Master Classes:

Dynamical variations of asanas in Iyengar Yoga.

Easy correction of advance Yoga Postures.

Marcus Felsner (Austria)

Markus FelsnerMarcus Felsner „Rainbowyogi“, is a certified Shivananda Yoga Teacher and exellent Musician and started travelling to India since 1978. The interrest of Yoga practice and singing Kirtans and Bhajans he achieved from his travels through Southindia, Goa and Yogis in the Himalayas. From 1985-1990 he lived in USA, California, Oregon and Hawaii, deepening his Yogapractice and leading Bhajan Circles in the Eugene Yogacenter in Oregon. In 1991 he attained his Yoga Teacher Certificate at the Sivananda Center in Nayardam, South India. Since that he shares his knowledge of Yoga & Music around the world. Also he conducts Seminars and Jungleyoga Retreats in Thailand and Bali Spirit Festival  teaching together with Danny Paradise (one of the first Western Ashtanga Yoga teacher thought by Pattabhi Jois).

„Singing Bhajans or Kirtan is a great way to connect with the devine – it is a bit like Pranayama it makes you breath deeply and takes you to the here and now!“ greetings Marcus   – om nama shivaya–


Master Classes:


Denis Zaenchkovsky (Moscow)

Denis Zaenchkovskiy Denis Zaenchkovsky is a certified Hatha Yoga Teacher, trained in India under the leadership of Bal Mukund Singh (Delhi), Gopal Krishna (Bangalore), Iyengar Yoga Center in Bangalore with intensive studying works of T.Krishnamacharya, P. Jois and B.K.S. Iyengar. In 1995 he completed his TTC under guidance of Andrey Lappa and Andrew Sidersky (Kiev) and founded 1999 the Ashtanga Yoga Center in Moscow, leading there Yoga Instructor Courses (AYTS). At the International Yoga Championship in 2000 (New Delhi), he won the Bronze Medal. Since 2003  he is a member of the International Federation of Yoga (IYF). Denis studied the Virashaiva tradition in Jangamwadi Math Varanasi and practices Kriya Yoga in Lahiri Mahasaya tradition (Shri Shailendra Sharma, Govardhan).


Master Classes:

Lectures: Different perspects of  Yoga Practice for Individuals. 

                 Preparation of Pranayama and Drishti Yoga.

Practice: Static and Dynamic Hatha Yogasanas with stretchings and power  liftings including forward and back bending technices.



Alexandra Aleksandrova (Russia)

Alexandra  AleksandrovaAlexandra Aleksandrova started practicing Hatha and  Ashtanga Yoga in 1999 at the Ashtanga Yoga Centre in Moscow. She has a Reiki certificate USUI (2nd degree 2001) and completed her yoga teacher diploma in 2005 under guidance of Andrey Lappa. Since 2002 she studies the Virashaiva tradition and practices Kriya Yoga from Yogiraj Shri Shailendra Sharma at the Siddha Siddhanta Yoga Academy (2004). Alexandra is teaching Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation Classes in Moscow and conducts Seminars since 2004.

Master Classes:

Various kind of Pranayama practice, Shatkarmas  and Nadi Shodhanas.

Practice of Shuksham Vyayama,  Pranyama  Trataka and Sound Meditation.  





Sonja Appel

Sonja Appel Sonja Appel is a certified Vibrant Living Teacher in Hatha Flow and has devised her own method of yoga -asana called ‘Sushumna’ which is a carefully worked out vinyasa flow unleashing Kundalini Shakti. The flow is spontaneous and she mixes up the asanas in interesting ways, with the help of inspiring music, always ending with a deep relaxing meditation. As in Ashtanga – drishti, bandhas, ujjayi breath & counting are always employed. Her spiritual Guru is Sadhguru from the Isha Foundation outside Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.  She is also certified by the British School of Yoga in Hatha & Meditation and registered with Yoga Alliance, E-RYT 200. Sonja has the blessing of the late Shri K Pattabhi Jois to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. She runs an RYS (registered yoga school) with 2 yoga teacher trainings a year and has attended workshops with David Swenson, Sharat Rangaswamy, Shri Sheshadri, Cathy Louise Broda, Leela Miller, John Scott, Michael Gannon, Edward Clarke, Claire Best, Anna Ashby, Simon Borg Olivier to name only a few. Sonja moved from London to India 8 years ago and leads retreats at Sushumna in Aquatica, Ashwem Beach, Goa. Her retreats include a 100 hour Yoga Immersion with Anand Semalty, the 8 limbs of yoga in the monsoons and a detox & rejuvenate retreat in February.

Master Classes:

The Art of Sequencing in Vinyasa Flow

A modern approach to the application of Yamas & Niyamas in our daily lives


Natasha Yanchuk (Russia)

Natasha YanchukNatasha Yanchuk is a certified teacher of Hatha Yoga, teaching at Ashtanga Yoga Centre in Moscow. She was trained in India at Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (TKV Desikacharya and Mohan ) and School of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (V.Sheshadri and Ajay Kumar). Also she attended trainings at David Frawley’s American Institute of Vedic Studies, (advanced course, 2009), and Seminars of Bal Mukund Singh (New Delhi), Dominic Corigliano (USA), Reinhardt Gammenthaller (Switzerland), Mark Darby (Canada), Dr. Mohanradj (India), Dr. Nida Chenagtsang (Tibet),Tatiana Mironchuk  and Leonid Gartsenshteyn (Russia). Since 2004 she studies Shatkarmas, Pranayamas and Yoga Philosophy at Vivekananda Institute of Yoga Therapy, directed by Dr. Madhavan Munuswami (Karur, India) and conducting Yoga Seminars in India and Russia. She is a leading Instructor for certified Yoga Teacher Training Courses at Ashtanga Yoga Center. Natasha Yanchuk is also Autor  and contributor for the YOGA Magazine“.

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Gyanmitra (Bihar, India)

GyanmitraGyanmitra holds a bachelor’s degree in Yogic Science from VYASA University, Bangalore and is a certified Shivananda Yoga Teacher. He absolved the Sannyasa-Course from Bihar School of Yoga under the guidance of his Guru Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati.  Apart from this, he has participated in different courses related to Yoga, Ayurveda and Indian Philosophy from the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh. He has been learning and teaching Yoga for the past 15 years, traveled to various countries conducting Workshops and Retreats. He is well versed in Vedanta- Indian Philosophy and teaching Meditations. 


Master Classes:

” Yoga Nidra”- Lecture and Practice of Yoga Nidra in Satyanada Saraswati Tradition.


Ravinder Jangra (Haryana, India)

Ravinder JangraRavinder Jangra is a teacher of Hatha Yoga and Yoga therapy and Champion in Indian Yoga-sport competitions (4 gold medals, 2003-2006). He practices Yoga since childhood and graduated at the HNBG University in Srinagar the Master Degree  “Science of Yoga” and  Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) “The treatment of psychological disorders by Yoga therapy”. Further studies: “Human consciousness and Yoga”» at DSVV University (Haridwar), “Science of Yoga”» IGNO University (Rishikesh), “Naturopathic therapy” at Parmath Niketan Ashram (Rishikesh). Presently Ravinder is the leading teacher of yoga and yoga therapy in Rishikesh and founder of a yoga studio «The Yoga Place». He pays much attention to Yogatherapy in order to treat various diseases, helping people to regain their health, happiness and harmony in life.



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Elena Rushchak (Ukraine)

Elena RushakElena Rushak started practicing Hatha Yoga in the young age of 15 with her first teacher Morozov Viacheslav. In 2003 she studied from Kiev Yoga Instructor Dr. V. Smirnov and attendet seminars of A. Siderskiy , A. Lappa,Tania Piven and Eugeniy Tankovskiy. During her studies she was teaching Yoga in various Studios in Kiev. After graduating from the Kiev National Economic University (the Master’s Degree in International Economics) she followed her heart to India where she met her Husband Ravinder Jangra and start teaching Yoga and Workshops together with him.

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Yuriy and Natalia Shvets (Odessa, Ukraine)

Yury and Natasha ShvetsYuriy and Natalia Shvets are the founders of Yoga Sattva School in Odessa, Ukraine.  They are certified Hatha Yoga instructors, participants of international Yoga Conferences and authors of the books: ‘24 Kshatriyas- health improving technics’ and ‘Sattva Yoga’.

Natalia Shvets is a medical practitioner, yoga teacher, and methodologist in Yoga Sattva School. Natalia has been teaching yoga since 2000.

Yuriy Shvets is a highly skilled Universal Yoga and Shiva’s dance instructor with medical education and a long-term experience in manual therapy (massage and chiropractic). He began practicing yoga at the age of twelve under the direction of his grandfather Grigoriy Ivanovich Goncharuk who was a sports medicine, therapeutic exercise, and massage instructor.

Yuriy has been teaching yoga for more than 15 years. He is a very charismatic yoga instructor, able to stir people’s enthusiasm.

“Yuriy Shvets is a conscientious and vigorous yoga practitioner who combines the understanding of key principles of yoga and its methods with creative discoveries. He can convey intention and knowledge to his pupils. Participation in Yuri’s programs gives practitioners an impulse to self-developing in yoga.” Andrey Lapa (President of Yoga Federation, Kiev)


Master Classes:

  •         Recreational Hatha yoga complex -24 Kshatriyas (beginner’s level).
  •         Health-improving method and Yoga therapy.
  •         Recreational Hatha yoga complex -24 Kshatriyas (intermediate and advanced level).
  •         Dynamic yoga practices. (Shiva’s dance, etc.)

Dr.Tanmay Goswami (Udupi, Southindia)

Dr.Tanmay GoswamiDr. Tanmay Goswami, founder of GOSVAL – Global Organisation of Social Vedic Art in Lives, belongs to an old tradition of Spiritual healing. He was born in Vrindavan (India) and belongs to the 7th generation of renowned Ayurvedic physicians and got blessed by his grand father Sri Sudama Goswami Maharaj, who used to heal people with spiritual healing. With a MD in Ayurveda (Gujarat Ayurvedic University), Dr. Goswami has applied the combined approaches of Ayurveda and Vedic Astrology in the diagnosis, prognosis and the treatment, as was practiced in the ancient Vedic Era. Currently, Dr. Tanmay Goswami teaches students at the University of Medical Science (Rajiv Gandhi,Udupi) and has a private Ayurvedia Clinic where patients are treated with herbs and Panchakarma and get astrological advices on relevant issues of life. Dr. Tanmay Goswami also has an extensive practice in England, America, France, Germany and Russia.



“Ayurveda in Theory and Practice, to be healthy and happy every day “

“Medical Astrology: the influence of planets on our health.”


 Baba Rampuri (USA)

Baba RampuriBaba Rampuri, an American expatriate, has lived in India since 1970, when he became the first foreigner to be initiated into India’s most ancient order of Yogis and Shamans, the Naga Sannyasis. During his long discipleship in this mystical world, he received traditional teachings in sacred speech, mantra, tantra, Ayurveda, ritual, and encompassing all the above, the way of the Yogi in the Yoga Tradition. He is now a guru with a number of disciples within the order. After founding the Hari Puri Ashram in the Himalayan foothill town of Hardwar, in 1984, Baba has since become a member of the Council of Elders of Datt Akhara, Ujjain. At the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, 2010, Baba was honored with a permanent seat in the Juna Akhara Council and given the title Antahrashtriya Mandal (World Circle) ka Shri Mahant. He divides his time between his Ashram in Hardwar, Ujjain and Goa. Baba Rampuri hosts international camps at Kumbh Melas, conducts retreats and lectures throughout the world on consciousness and inner exploration. He is Author of his book Autobiography of a Sadhu- a Journey into Mystic India.


“Your tool of knowledge is Speech, because its boundaries establish the possibilities of the world.” -Baba Rampuri

Lecture: “Sanatan Dharma and Satsanga”



Anand Acharya Semalty (Badrinath, India)

Anand SemaltyAnand Acharya Semalty is a Vedic Astrologer (7th generation), Pandit and teacher oft the Vedas. He was born into a Brahmin family from Badrinath in Himalaya, descents from the great sage Bharadwaja Maharishi of Vedic Period. Since childhood he has been studying the Vedas at the Sampurnanand Sanskrit University in Varanasi and post graduated his mastery in Viakaran (Sanskrit Grammar) and Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) with the honorific title Acharya (a scholar who practice what he teaches) in 1999. From his grandfather Sri Pandit Gyandev Semalty who self was the Adviser and Astrologer of the Maharaja of Tehri- Gahrwal, he received deeper knowledge about Astrology and Palmistry. And his Father Sri Pandit Purushottam Dutt Semalty introduced him into Vedic Rituals and Tantra. The traditional and intense practice and realization of Yoga, Mudra and Meditation he achieved from Yogis in the Himalayas. He speaks fluent in Sanskrit, Hindi, English and German. Anand offers Vedic Astrological Consulations and Vedic Marriage Ritualsand conducts Workshops in India and Europe. Also he performs Vedic Ritual-Yagyas on special planetary constellations, along with reciding of Mantras to purify and balance body, mind and environment. Together with his wife Akasha Semalty, he established the Vedic Valley- Yoga & Ayurveda Resort in Goa.  Since 2012 Anand is teaching together with Sonja Apple Yoga Teacher Training Courses  accredited by Yoga Alliance (YA) USA and Yoga Alliance International.


”Yoga Philosophy”

”Jyotish- Vedic Astrology”

”Mantra and  Mudra Class”

”Yagya – Vedic Ritual”

Individual Vedic Astrology Consultations available!


Come and join this unique Master Classes at our Vedic Valley- Yogafestival and spend your evenings with Arati, Kirtan singing and live Music Concerts!


During the Yogafestival there will be an Art-Exhibition by the remarkable Artists Vrindavan Das and his wife Yulia Glavnaya. The exhibition is entitled “Forms of divine beauty” and dedicated to the spiritual culture of India.



Cost and what’s included:
8 days unlimited Master-Classes: 480 $
4 days unlimited Master Classes: 300 $

Take part in any Yoga Classes and Lectures you like, experience Vedic Rituals and enjoy Daily Kirtans and Live Music Concerts! All Classes and Lectures will be in English and Russian languages!

*Classes are not sold separately

**Week does not include: food, flight, transfers, or accommodation!

Purchase tickets in advance on the spot price of the above!

For Reservations, Accommodation bookings and more Info please contact us!








Yogic-Tantra Seminar with Master Anand & Marina Dadasheva-Drown Tantra Yoga Seminar

Dec 01st- 14th 2013 at Vedic Valley- Resort, Morjim Beach,GoaMarina Dadasheva Drown

Unleash the power within you- through Tantric Yogapractices and ancient Vedic Wisdom.

The 14 days Seminar integrates daily Yoga, Mudra, Bandha and Pranayama classes as well as developing deeper awareness of Tantra Meditation, Yoga Nidra and Kundalini Chakra practices.

Starting with Kunjal Kriya early morning and ending with evening Arati under a 200 year old Banyan Temple along with performing of Agni Hotra and reciting of Vedic Mantras to purify and balance body, mind and environment.

Come and join this unique Seminar at Vedic Valley, where you can experience traditional Yogic practices with ancient Wisdom and Daily routines for a happy & healthy way of living.

About the teachers:

Marina Dadasheva-Drown is a spiritual midwife, prenatal psychologist and specialized in Natural Birth and Home Water Birth. She prepares parents for easy childbirth, teaches Baby Swimming, Baby Yoga, Dynamic Gymnastics for babies and shares her special knowledge of Taoism and Tantra practice to develop your inner potential. She is an experienced instructor of Fire Yoga, Reiki, Vivation and Rebirthing, Holotropic Breathing, Couple Counseling, Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Healing Love Practices, and Tantric Rituals.

Anand Acharya is a Vedic Master andMeister Anand Jyotish-Astrologer. He derives from a Brahmin family from Himalaya, where he received his deep knowledge about Vedic Rituals, Palmistry, Mantra, Tantra and Yoga. Since 2005 he is teaching and sharing his knowledge in Europe and India, Goa. In 2010 he established together with his wife Akasha the Vedic Valley –Yoga & Ayurveda Resort near the Arabian Sea, where he self conducts seminars and invites teachers from around the world.

Enjoy an incredible “retreat into yourself” among tropical nature, sunset meditation and delicious vegetarian meals!


3D Tour Vedic Valley Vedic Valley

Have a look at Vedic Valley surroundings in this 3D presentation. Fascinating beauty of nature and a sacred Banyan tree in the heart of our ashram.

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Yoga Festival 2012 Yogafestival

The Yoga-Festival took place from 10 to 16 January 2012 at Vedic Valley. It was an unique opportunity to participate in over 30 master-classes with popular Yoga teachers from India, Canada, USA, Russia and Ukraine, as well as to enjoy the best coastline of India with its marvelous Goa beaches.

Sacred Banyan Tree Banyan-Baum

Our Banyan tree the heart of Vedic Valley!

In Hinduism the Banyan is called “Kalpa Vriksha” meaning “wish fulfilling tree“. It is thought of as perfectly symbolizing eternal life due its unending expansions. Buddha achieved enlightenment in Bodhgaya while meditating under a Banyan called “the Bodhi Tree“.

In the vivifying shadow of Banyan tree we perform traditional Vedic rituals.

Naturalist’s Paradise Waterlilys in our pond

Vedic Valley set in a lush tropical forest, the 6100 sqmt property is a naturalist’s paradise with a sacred Banyan Tree and many tropical fruit treesand a large variety of birds and butterflies.

Our own Vegetable & herbal garden located behind the Ayush Ayurveda Center is a place where exotic vegetables, Ayurvedic herbs and fresh spices are cultivated.

Sometimes the sacred grey langur monkeys also named Hanuman langur visits our Papaya and Mango trees!