First Online Yoga Festival for Mental Health 2020

was a free event held on Sunday, June 14th, 2020

The current pandemic has changed the way we live, work and interact with each other. Isolation, fear, insecurity, economic turmoil, a feeling of powerlessness and loss of loved ones have affected lives of citizens globally. Levels of stress and anxiety have risen substantially. Substance and alcohol dependency are expected to be on a rise, while self-harm and suicide rates among vulnerable in the society are also likely to increase.  The United Nations officials warn of a sharp rise in mental health problems as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

All of the above requires our attention.

We at Sri Sri School of Yoga Europe want to address this and welcome you to join us to change these trends with tools and techniques of the yoga practice.

The Festival is going to be a full-day live online conference, which will be inaugurated by our founder, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and streamed across our and our partners’ social media channels with expected several thousand participants.

TOGETHER WE CAN CONTRIBUTE TO A PEACEFUL, HEALTHY AND JOYFUL COMMUNITY

#YOGAFORHUMANITY
#YOGAFORMENTALHEALTH

Uniting as a yoga community of Europe to showcase yoga solutions for mental health in this time of crises.

On this historic day, we shared the visions of many famous yoga leaders across Europe and the world in a festival attended by thousands of participants.

SPEAKERS & WORKSHOPS

GURUDEV SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR

Founder, Art of Living Foundation & Sri Sri School of Yoga 

H.E. Ms. Gaitri Issar Kumar

Ambassador of India to the Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union

DR. RONALD STEINER

Physician for sports medicine, scientist with research focus on prevention and rehabilitation

MRS. RAJITA KULKARNI

President, Sri Sri University, President, World Forum For Ethics in Business, India

PROF. ADOLFO PANFILI

MD, President of the International Association for Orthomolecular Medicine

MRS. KAMLESH BARWAL

Global Director, Teacher Trainer, Sri Sri School of Yoga

Swami Jyothirmayah

International faculty for the Art of Living Foundation

SWAMI
PARAMTEJ

The Art of Living Foundation South America Coordinator

DR. RICHA
CHOPRA

Founding & Officiating Head – Department of Contemplative and Behavioural Sciences, Sri Sri University

PROF. DR. B. R. SHARMA

B.A. (Hon), M.A., Ph.D. Professor & Head, Department of Yogic Science, Dean, Faculty of Health and Wellness, Sri Sri University

DOUG
SWENSON

Founder of Sadhana Chi Yoga, California

PROF. FAHRI SAATCIOGLU

Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo

SPEAKERS LIST
H.H. Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Founder, Sri Sri School of Yoga and Founder, The Art of Living Foundation India
H.E. Ms. Gaitri Issar Kumar Ambassador of India to the Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union Belgium
Mr. Christoph Glaser Board Member Sri Sri School of Yoga, CEO TLEX Institute Switzerland
Mrs. Rajita Kulkarni President, Sri Sri University, President, World Forum For Ethics in Business India
Mrs. Kamlesh Barwal Global Director Sri Sri School of Yoga, Indian Yoga association Secretary General India
Mrs. Beatrice Iulini Sri Sri School of Yoga Europe faculty and Teacher Training director, Board Member Italy
Prof. Adolfo Panfili, MD  President of the International Association for Orthomolecular Medicine Italy
Prof. Fahri Saatcioglu Professor, Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo Norway
Mr. Alexander Linder Phytobalance, Yoga and Ayurveda expert  Germany
Dr. Ronald Steiner Physician for sports medicine, scientist with research focus on prevention & rehabilitation Germany
Mr. Doug Swenson Founder of Sadhana Chi Yoga, California USA
Mr. Gianni Ferrario Italian actor and performer, Laughter Therapy expert Italy
Dr. Holger Cramer Director at the Department of Internal and Integrative Medicine, University of Duisburg-Essen Germany
Ms. Bärbel Rehberg SSY teacher with 200h RYT Germany
Al Reem Al Tenaiji  Founder of Kintsugi Space, Abu Dhabi UAE
Dr. Sharika Menon Doctor/Trainer with Sri Sri Tattva, volunteer/faculty at the AOL Foundation India
Mr. Rajiv Kumar Second Secretary (Culture) Embassy of India Bern  Switzerland
WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS LIST
Prof. (Dr.) B. R. Sharma B.A. (Hon), M.A., Ph.D. Certified Manuscriptologist India
Dr. Richa Chopra Founding & Officiating Head, Department of Contemplative and Behavioural Sciences, Sri Sri University India
Alejandro Martinez Meijide SSY teacher, senior AOL teacher, QCI Level 2 yoga teacher certification  Argentina
Alexander Linder Phytobalance, Yoga and Ayurveda expert  Germany
Alma Basokaite Belgian SSY coordinator & teacher RYT200, Yoga Alliance (SSSY & Yogashala Institute) Belgium
Ariane Iranpour  SSY teacher and Stress Management & Rehabilitation techniques trainer Luxembourg 
Babeeta Chhabra International SSY teacher, Allied health care professional, artistic director France
Barbara Bendel Psychologist, Business Coach & TLEX Trainer in Mindfulness & Leadership, SSY Europe Faculty Germany
Beatrice Iulini Sri Sri School of Yoga Europe faculty and Teacher Training director, Board Member Italy
Bhavini Vyas Vedic Meditation Teacher and International Mantra Singer UK
Carina Asuncion Senior TLEX trainer on Mindfulness, Leadership & Change and certified SSY teacher Switzerland
Christophe Millet Hatha yoga teacher, co-director & co-founder of the Yoga Festival on the Atlantic France
Debora Grossoni SSY teacher 500h, Happiness trainer, Mind & Breath expert Spain
Doug Swenson Founder of Sadhana Chi Yoga in California USA
Gabriela Bozic Jivamukti Yoga teacher in Munich, speaker, entrepreneur, author and mother Germany
Gabriella Giulibaro International Iyengar yoga teacher & teacher trainer of Iyengar Yoga Italy
Harshini Vakkalanka Journalist, Poet, Art of Living Teacher Germany
Ipek Darga Adnan Çabuk Yoga Foundation / Siddashram Yoga Center teacher Turkey
Jayadev Jaerschky European School of Ananda Yoga director, yoga trainer & author  Italy
Krishna Kalyan SSY Teacher, MSc Data Engineer Germany
Lotta Arbman  Brahma Kumaris coordinator & Spirit of Humanity Forum secretary Sweden
Margot Regele Laugh Yoga Expert  
Mrinalini Kochupillai Mrinalini, academic researcher & guest professor at TUM, SSY & SKY Campus teacher Germany
Raffaella Pisati SSY Teacher with 500h RYT and SSY Teacher Trainer Italy
Sarah Stork TV Actress and Fitness-Yoga teacher  Germany
Shubhendra & Sakia Rao Saskia, cellist, composer, cultural entrepreneur & educationalist. Pandit Shubhendra, performer, composer, cultural entrepreneur & music educator Netherlands
Sine Ozsoy Iyengar Yoga Teacher Turkey
Tahir Sharief Medical doctor by profession, yoga & meditation teacher by passion UK
Tanja Seehofer & Yann Kuhlmann Tanja Seehofer, Yin Yoga expert, mental & wing wave coach & human energy therapist. Yann Kuhlmann, composer, producer, lyricist & multi-instrumentalist. Germany
Tatiana Jakob Senior SSY Teacher 500h, SSY Teacher Trainer, Sri Sri School of Yoga Europe Board Germany
Triinu Jõhve Acro Yoga teacher Estonia
Vanessa Eble TLEX trainer on Mindfulness & Leadership Switzerland/ Germany
Wayne Yeh Vinyasa & Ashtanga Yoga Instructor 500+hr & Coach, opera singer, entrepreneur Hong Kong

FULL DAY PROGRAM SCHEDULE (CEST)

07:00-08:20 CEST: WAKE UP MORNING YOGA SESSION
Secrets of Breath Prof. (Dr.) B. R. Sharma B.A. (Hon), M.A., Ph.D. Certified Manuscriptologist
Sri Sri Yoga Beginner Ariane Iranpour  SSY teacher and Stress Management & Rehabilitation techniques trainer
Sri Sri Yoga Beginner Alma Basokaite Belgian SSY coordinator & teacher RYT200, Yoga Alliance (SSSY & Yogashala Institute)
Sri Sri Yoga Intermediate Raffaella Pisati SSY Teacher with 500h RYT and SSY Teacher Trainer
Iyengar Yoga Intermediate Sine Ozsoy Iyengar Yoga Teacher
Sri Sri Yoga Intense Tatiana Jakob Senior SSY Teacher, SSY Teacher Trainer, Sri Sri School of Yoga Europe Board 
Power Yoga Intense Wayne Yeh Vinyasa & Ashtanga Yoga Instructor 500+hr & Coach, opera singer, entrepreneur
08:30 - 09:00 CEST: MORNING MEDITATION WITH GURUDEV SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR
Morning meditation  H.H. Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Founder, Sri Sri School of Yoga and Founder, The Art of Living Foundation
10:00 - 11:30 CEST: KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Mrs. Beatrice Iulini Sri Sri School of Yoga Europe faculty and Teacher Training director, Board Member
Mr. Christoph Glaser Board Member Sri Sri School of Yoga, CEO TLEX Institute
H.H. Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Founder, Sri Sri School of Yoga and Founder, The Art of Living Foundation
H.E. Ms. Gaitri Issar Kumar Ambassador of India to the Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union
Mrs. Kamlesh Barwal Global Director Sri Sri School of Yoga, Indian Yoga association Secretary General
Prof. Adolfo Panfili, MD  President of the International Association for Orthomolecular Medicine
Prof. Fahri Saatcioglu Professor, Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo
Al Reem Al Tenaiji  Founder of Kintsugi Space, Abu Dhabi
11:30-12:30 CEST: YOGA & MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOPS BY YOGIS & YOGA SCHOOLS
Demystifying the Philosophy of Patanjali and its practices Prof. (Dr.) B. R. Sharma B.A. (Hon), M.A., Ph.D. Certified Manuscriptologist
Sri Sri Yoga: Prana and the Mind Beatrice Iulini Sri Sri School of Yoga Europe faculty and Teacher Training director, Board Member
Sri Sri Yoga: Immune System Protocol Tahir Sharief Medical doctor by profession, yoga & meditation teacher by passion
Sri Sri Yoga: Core Strength Debora Grossoni SSY teacher 500h, Happiness trainer, Mind & Breath expert
Yoga Psychology: A Pathway to Mental Well-being Dr. Richa Chopra Founding & Officiating Head, Department of Contemplative and Behavioural Sciences, Sri Sri University
TLEX Chair Cardio & Desktop Stretching: Resilience for professionals Carina Asuncion Senior TLEX trainer on Mindfulness, Leadership & Change and certified SSY teacher
TLEX and Sri Sri Yoga for Kids: Bumblebees    (4-7 years) Vanessa Eble & Krishna Kalyan Vanessa, TLEX trainer on Mindfulness & Leadership. Krishna, SSY Teacher, MSc Data Engineer
Iyengar Yoga Workshop: Body awareness & it’s impact on breath-mind awareness Gabriella Giulibaro International Iyengar yoga teacher & teacher trainer of Iyengar Yoga in Italy
Restorative Hatha Yoga Workshop Ipek Darga Adnan Çabuk Yoga Foundation / Siddashram Yoga Center teacher
Fitness-Yoga Workshop Sarah Stork TV Actress and Fitness-Yoga teacher 
Light within your Heart: Practice to increase vitality, reduce anxiety & build courage Gabriela Bozic Jivamukti Yoga teacher in Munich, speaker, entrepreneur, author and mother
Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga: Explore our spiritual identity & our nature of peace & harmony Lotta Arbman  Brahma Kumaris coordinator & Spirit of Humanity Forum secretary in Sweden
Acro Yoga Workshop Triinu Jõhve Acro Yoga teacher in Estonia
12:30-13:00 CEST: NOON MEDITATION WITH SWAMI JYOTHIRMAYAH
Noon Meditation  Swamiji Jyothirmayah Director & faculty for the International AOL Foundation & highly regarded as a yoga expert
13:00-14:00 CEST LUNCH BREAK
  LUNCH BREAK  
14:00-14:30 CEST: YOGA NIDRA WITH SWAMI PARAMTEJ
Yoga Nidra Swamiji Paramtej Senior faculty of AOL, yogi, meditator & an enthusiast of adventure sports

 

14:30-16:00 CEST: KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Mrs. Rajita Kulkarni President, Sri Sri University, President, World Forum For Ethics in Business
Mr. Alexander Linder Phytobalance, Yoga and Ayurveda expert 
Dr. Ronald Steiner Physician for sports medicine, scientist with research focus on prevention & rehabilitation
Mr. Doug Swenson Founder of Sadhana Chi Yoga, California
Mr. Keerti Mathur B Ost med, Osteopath, faculty member of SSU’s Dept of Osteopathy & Anatomy teacher SSSY
Mr. Gianni Ferrario Italian actor and performer, Laughter Therapy expert
Dr. Holger Cramer Director at the Department of Internal and Integrative Medicine, University of Duisburg-Essen
Dr. Sharika Menon Doctor/Trainer with Sri Sri Tattva, volunteer/faculty at the AOL Foundation
Ms. Bärbel Rehberg SSY teacher with 200h RYT
16:00-17:00 CEST: YOGA & MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOPS BY YOGIS & YOGA SCHOOLS
SKY Wellness Seminar for University Students  Mrinalini Kochupillai + Harshini Vakkalanka Mrinalini, academic researcher & guest professor at TUM, SSY & SKY Campus teacher
Living mindfulness in business. Techniques for everyday well-being. Barbara Bendel Psychologist, Business Coach & TLEX Trainer in Mindfulness & Leadership, SSY Europe Faculty, Germany
Sri Sri Yoga: for Mental Health Alejandro Martinez Meijide SSY teacher, senior AOL teacher, QCI Level 2 yoga teacher certification 
Sri Sri Natya Yoga: the Yoga of Dance Babeeta Chhabra International SSY teacher, Allied health care professional, artistic director
Sri Sri Yoga: The Power of Mantras Bhavini Vyas Vedic Meditation Teacher and International Mantra Singer
TLEX and Sri Sri Yoga for Kids: Hummingbirds (8-12 years) Vanessa Eble & Krishna Kalyan Vanessa, TLEX trainer on Mindfulness & Leadership. Krishna, SSY Teacher, MSc Data Engineer
Sadhana Yoga Chi Workshop: Elements of Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Tai Chi & gentle yoga Doug Swenson Founder of Sadhana Chi Yoga in California
Ananda & Kriya Yoga Workshop Jayadev Jaerschky European School of Ananda Yoga director, yoga trainer & author 
Classical Music for Mental Health – East meets West Shubhendra & Sakia Rao Saskia, cellist, composer, cultural entrepreneur & educationalist. Pandit Shubhendra, performer, composer, cultural entrepreneur & music educator
Airyoga Workshop Tanja Seehofer & Yann Kuhlmann Tanja Seehofer, Yin Yoga expert, mental & wing wave coach & human energy therapist. Yann Kuhlmann, composer, producer, lyricist & multi-instrumentalist.
Ayurvedic Cooking Workshop Alexander Linder Phytobalance, Yoga and Ayurveda expert 
Laugh Yoga Workshop Margot Regele Laugh Yoga Expert
17:30-19:00 CEST: DINNER BREAK
  DINNER BREAK  

 

19:00 - 24:00 CEST: EVENING PROGRAM
Kirtan, Mantras and Dance Musicians uniting from all over the world

ABOUT THE ORGANISERS

Sri Sri School of Yoga in cooperation with the Art of Living Foundation

The Sri Sri School of Yoga seeks to expand the world’s understanding of yoga through an education and training that are steeped in the vedas – 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 multidimensional science based education, our school’s programs teach about and integrate all paths of yoga including Gyana (wisdom), Karma (service & action), Bhakti (love & devotion), Raj (royal) and Hatha (effort) and more. The primary elements of our training are: asanas (postures), pranayamas (breathing techniques), meditation and the experience and application of yoga beyond the mat.

Operating in 155 countries, the Art of Living Foundation (AOLF) is a non-profit, educational and humanitarian organisation, working in a consultative status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council. Founded in 1981, the Art of Living Foundation offers highly effective educational and self-development programs and tools that eliminate stress and foster deep and profound inner peace, happiness and well-being. These programs include breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, and practical wisdom for daily living.

“Unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence-free society, we cannot achieve world peace.” – Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s mission.