Sri Sri School of Yoga

Vision

To bring authentic yoga education to the world

Mission

To teach yoga in its purity of ancient tradition with the technical skill and pragmatic scientific approach

About

The Sri Sri School of Yoga is founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a global humanitarian and thought leader in yoga and meditation, who is fully established in the Self. Our school seeks to expand the world’s understanding of yoga through an education and training that are steeped in the vedic tradition – the original roots of yoga – and a long lineage of masters while making yoga accessible and applicable for modern day use for people of all ages, abilities, cultures and religions. Through a comprehensive and multi-dimensional science based education, our school’s programs teach about and integrate all paths of yoga including Hatha yoga (effort), Raja yoga (effortless, royal) Gyana yoga (wisdom), Karma yoga (service & action), Bhakti yoga (love & devotion) and more. The primary elements of our training are asanas (postures), pranayamas (breathing techniques), meditation and the experience and application of yoga beyond the yoga mat. Program graduates undergo our rigorous training and are equipped with a deep and personal understanding and experience of yoga that enables them to bring these different dimensions of yoga to their students. The simplicity of Gurudev’s approach to yoga combines the fundamental principles of practice (sadhana), service (seva) and devotion (satsang) – this unique approach empowers individuals to thrive and society to blossom in human values.

Yoga Alliance, USA

Sri Sri School of Yoga is a Registered Yoga School (RYS®) with Yoga Alliance, USA since 2010. The students who complete their Teachers training programs with us are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

Indian Yoga Association

Sri Sri School of Yoga is a member of Indian Yoga Association, a maiden effort made by the Government of India and all leading yoga institutions following lineages of more than 25-30 years to bring together all institutes of Yoga under one umbrella.The Association is a non-profitable, non-political and non- religious body, set-up with the sole and bona-fide aim to develop and promote the knowledge, education and applications of Yoga for the benefit of all sections of the society. A self-regulatory body established in 31st Oct., 2008 approved by Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India & Min. of Health & Family Welfare. The registered office is , presently at Morarji Desai National Institute of India, Delhi.

“Like a flower bud, human life has the potential to blossom fully. Blossoming of human potential to fullness is yoga.”

– Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

FACULTY & BOARD MEMBERS

Krishan Verma

Chief Yogi & Head Faculty

Krishan Verma has been a student of yoga for the past 35 years and a teacher for the past 20. Through his mastery of yoga, his knowledge and most importantly, his teaching methodology, he brings out the best in his students. He ensures that each student experiences the effortless union of body, mind and spirit in his programs. The student emerges rejuvenated and serenely dynamic. Under his tutelage, thousands of teachers now spread the knowledge of yoga all around the world.

His message is always practical and relevant to daily life. He is a father of two and a professional Electrical Engineer, having graduated from the Technical University of Nova Scotia in Canada in 1976. He resigned from his position as a Senior Engineer with the Government of Canada in 2001, to devote his full time to the Art of Living Foundation and the study of yoga.

In 2001, Krishan became the director of the newly founded Sri Sri Yoga and started teaching this new, beautifully balanced approach to yoga around the world. As a shining example of discipline and teaching excellence, his Spiritual Master Sri Sri Ravi Shankar conferred onto him the title of “Yogacharya”. He is also a graduate of Shivananda’s advanced yoga teacher training program with the titles of “Yoga Shiromani” and “Yogacharya”.

He served as the President of the Art of Living Foundation in Canada for five years and the the Director of Yoga Research and Training, VVM India for 10 years. Apart from teaching Sri Sri Yoga Teacher Training Programs and advanced yoga programs, he also teaches many other Art of Living breathing and meditation programs.

Krishan has trained more than 2,000 yoga teachers all around the world, including Canada, the US, the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Germany, the UK, Italy, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Botswana, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Mongolia, India, Malaysia, Taiwan, China and Australia.

Beatrice Iulini

Beatrice Iulini

CEO, Faculty, Director of Teacher Training
Tatiana Jakob

Tatiana Jakob

Board Member, Faculty

Tatiana was born as the fifth child in Colombia (South America) in the year 1965. She was raised in a country full of vitality, joy and love in which she spent a big part of her childhood in a quiet, healthy and wild nature that would influence her life journey and learning. She moved to Germany on 1985 to study visual arts. With her marriage in 1988, began a new phase of her life. Through her unconventional lifestyle and the challenges of growing three children, she learned new and very important aspects of life.

Her deep desire to serve humanity inspired her spiritual blossoming which started on 2001 in Germany meeting Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for the first time. With a deep commitment she joined the “Art of living” foundation.
She is a Yoga specialist and practitioner. Her vision of a Yogi does not rely on the external image but on the inner awakening, which brings integrity to one’s life. In 2008 and with this vision she started teaching the ”Sri Sri Yoga” program in Germany.

Her passion for Yoga became an inspiration to all kinds of people of any age, gender, religion or nationality. The message was clear: live your life in harmony and start your personal journey for an inner awakening through the ancient Yoga techniques.
She has been participating in many service projects which involve: Forum of Ethics in Sports in Zürich (2014 and 2016), several times at the European Parliament in Brussels for the “Forum for Ethics in Business”. Since 2016 she has been an active member of the Art of Living Germany Board.

She is accredited with Yoga Alliance as RYT 500H for Sri Sri Yoga. Currently she serves at the Sri Sri School of Yoga Europe as Senior Faculty and part of the Board of Directors, looking after Community Engament.

Swami Jyothirmayah

Swami Jyothirmayah

Board Member, Faculty

Swami Jyothirmayah is one of the senior disciples of His Holiness Sri Sri Ravishankar. Being an international faculty for the Art of Living Foundation, he travels across the globe in his efforts to build a stress-free society and to spread Sri Sri’s message of love, peace and universal brotherhood.
Born in 1972 into an orthodox Christian family of Kerala in South India, Swami Jyothirmayah was brought up in the conventional manner of the Bible classes complementing the regular school lessons. Imbibing the essence of the Bible in its true spirit, he grew up to be a person with a liberal outlook and an attitude of service. Having completed his graduation in Literature from the University of Calicut, he went on to join the family business.

Soon, he decided to devote himself to serving humanity and to bringing joy and peace to all. He himself became an instructor for Art of Living programs and started taking courses.
Travelling across more than 40 countries in Europe, the far, middle and south-east Asian countries, Swami Jyothirmayah reaches out to all with the ancient Indian wisdom on skills of handling one’s body, breath and mind.
Today Swami Jyothirmayah, being a confidante of His Holiness Sri Sri Ravishankar, very often represents Sri Sri at many international events. He has represented the Art of Living Foundation at the World Economic Forum, New Delhi (2012) and the World Cultural Festival, New Delhi (2011).

With a deep-rooted sense of devotion, great love and compassion to those around him and a strong commitment to the noble cause of serving mankind, Swami Jyothirmayah, shares and serves Sri Sri’s vision of bringing an unwavering smile on every face in this planet.
Swamiji currently serves as Board Member and Senior Faculty at the Sri Sri School of Yoga Europe.

Lars Heckmann

Lars Heckmann

Board Member, Director for Finances
Christoph Glaser

Christoph Glaser

Board Member

Christoph has more than 15 years of experience delivering yoga, meditation, self-development, leadership, resilience and ethics programs in over 50 countries in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and the Americas. He is also delivering TLEX Workshop as the Harvard Business School.

Christoph holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Humboldt-Viadrina School for Governance in Berlin and has graduated in honors from the Business School Basel.

He serves since 2006 as Managing Director of the World Forum for Ethics in Business, a partnership with the World Bank, and since 2009 as CEO of TLEX Europe.
He serves as well as Board Member at the Sri Sri School of Yoga Europe.

Chaitanya

Chaitanya

Ayurveda Physician, Consultant and Guide on Holistic Health through diet and lifestyle. Consulting Psychologist of trauma, stress and behavioural management lessons on psychological and psychosomatic disorders. Expertise on promoting global awareness of wellness through integration of indigenous medical/health care systems and psychology.

Keerti Mathur

Keerti Mathur

Keerti Mathur is a leading Osteopath who has been practicing Osteopathy for 10 years. He is an associate at the Gait and Posture Centre at Harley Street in London and.
He is part of the Art of Living faculty and a keen musician. Under the guidance of Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Keerti worked to set up India’s first school of Osteopathic medicine in Sri Sri University Orissa.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Bhavini Vyas

Bhavini Vyas

Adjunct Director of Business Development

Bhavini’s has worked full time for the Art of Living foundation since 2010, teaching the Happiness Program, stress management courses and powerful breathing techniques. Having practiced yoga her whole life, Bhavini formally trained as a Sri Sri Yoga Teacher in 2010 under Yogacharya Krishanji Verma at the International Art of Living Ashram in Bangalore, India, and has since served at the UK Sri Sri Yoga Coordinator.

An avid traveller, she has conducted these workshops in UK, Europe, North America, South-East Asia and Pacific. Her students include a wide range of clients from all walks of life, and her work has given her the opportunity to connect with thousands of people from all over the world.

A classically trained musician and international singer, Bhavini has an inherent understanding of the ancient Vedic philosophy on music, and Bhavini is known for the emotional journey she takes her listeners on.

Bhavini holds a Masters In Management for Events and Communications and graduated with Distinction under the University of London. She serves as Director of The Yoga Jam conducting holistic private, corporate, festival, and charity fundraising Yoga events in London since 2010. Bhavini is also the Program Director for Breathe SMART since 2014, for the International Association of Human Values, an extension of the work she has contributed to the Prison SMART program in the UK and Europe, as well as refugee and corporate activities conducted under the IAHV.

Bhavini is accredited with Yoga Alliance as RYT 200H for Sri Sri Yoga. She currently lives in London and serves as the head of Marketing for the Sri Sri School of Yoga Europe.
“If you’ve never come out of your post-yoga meditation with a diamond tear of gratitude in your eyes, you’ve missed the point entirely”. 

Valentina Atanasova

Valentina Atanasova

Secretary, Director of Community Engagement and Faculty

Valentina currently serves as a Secretary, Director of Community Engagement and Faculty with the Sri Sri School of Yoga Europe. 

She has graduated from English Language School and Medical University – Sofia and currently lives in her home country Bulgaria.
Trained as a breathing techniques and Sri Sri Yoga Teacher at the International Art of Living Center in Bangalore, India, she shares the benefits of this authentic taught by living Master ancient path and knowledge with others and contributes for the mission of it’s founder for a decease free body, a stress free mind and violence free society.
 
Valentina has almost a decade experience of teaching yoga, meditation and breathing techniques classes as a volunteer with the Art of Living Foundation. She started her spiritual path when she was a student with organizing and assisting courses for personal and soft skills development workshops for students for several years.
 
She has enrolled herself of service with the Art of Living for the past almost 10 years in projects like the World Cultural Festival 2011, International Women’s Conference, World Cultural Festival 2016, numerous charity and humanitarian projects in her own country.
 
In continuation of the Medical degree she teaches this profound integrative practices that bring one into greater awareness of oneself and healthy Body-Mind-Soul complex. 

“Of all the remedies in the world, breathing & yoga are the most effective and cheapest.” ~Valentina

Exploring diversity and cultures makes her travel to, lives and gain life experience among several countries in Europe and Globally. Crosses the Atlantic Ocean while working on a Sailing Yacht and deepens the understanding between people of different faiths, nationalities and backgrounds.

Previously, Valentina worked at the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Bulgaria as Head of Protocol Office and International Relations Department.

ADVISORY BOARD

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a humanitarian leader, a spiritual teacher, and an ambassador of peace. His vision of a stress-free, violence-free society has united millions of people the world over through service projects and the courses of The Art of Living.

Numerous honors have been bestowed upon Gurudev, including the highest civilian awards of Colombia, Mongolia and Paraguay. He is the recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, India’s highest annual civilian award and has also been conferred with 16 honorary doctorates from around the world.

Gurudev is the Chancellor of Sri Sri University and the Chairman of the Quality Control of India Yoga Certification Committee. He is also a member of the Amarnath Shrine Board (appointed by Government of Jammu and Kashmir, India). Gurudev was the Chairman of Reception Committee for the 500th anniversary celebrations of the Coronation of Krishnadevaraya (by Government of Karnataka, India).

Kamlesh Barwal

Kamlesh Barwal

Kamlesh Barwal is an International Trainer with the Art of Living Foundation. She travels worldwide teaching people of all backgrounds, cultures, and religions how to effectively manage their mind and emotions, eliminate stress, live in harmony amid diversity and bring greater peace and joy into their lives through simple yet profound yoga techniques. Over the past fourteen years as a teacher with the Art of Living Foundation, Kamlesh has taught extensively in India, Kazakhstan, the Middle East, China, Russia, and Europe.

Kamlesh is known for her graceful asana practice, and her classes are a blend of simplicity, fun, humor, and artistically-explained yoga philosophy and knowledge. Apart from teaching a wide range of Art of Living courses, she is the Director of the Sri Sri School of Yoga, training yoga teachers and coordinating the global network of Sri Sri Yoga teachers. Kamlesh has completed the advanced level (500 hour) teacher training program through the Yoga Alliance, and is an examiner for the QCI Yoga Teachers Certification Program through the Government of India. She holds the high distinction of being a recipient of the Vishalakshi Award for Contribution to Yoga.

Kamlesh was born in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh in India, where she received her Bachelors in Business Administration from Himachal Pradesh University. There she first encountered the Art of Living courses, which she found to be a means of dealing with the stress, anxiety, and challenges of her college years. What started as a mere practice to deal with the stress of student life blossomed into a way of life.

Kamlesh’s multifaceted teaching style extends beyond yoga and meditation; she employs her management skills as Head of Human Resources for The Art of LIving International Centre in Bangalore, India. Kamlesh has also directed and been featured in multiple yoga tutorial videos.

Beyond teaching, Kamlesh has coordinated five International Women’s Conferences since 2005, bringing thousands of female leaders together to discuss ways in which to empower women.