The first YOGA FESTIVAL FOR MENTAL HEALTH TOOK PLACE ON 14 JUNE 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 ShankarFounder, Sri Sri School of Yoga and Founder, The Art of Living FoundationIndia
H.E. Ms. Gaitri Issar KumarAmbassador of India to the Belgium, Luxembourg and the European UnionBelgium
Mr. Christoph GlaserBoard Member Sri Sri School of Yoga, CEO TLEX InstituteSwitzerland
Mrs. Rajita KulkarniPresident, Sri Sri University, President, World Forum For Ethics in BusinessIndia
Mrs. Kamlesh BarwalGlobal Director Sri Sri School of Yoga, Indian Yoga association Secretary GeneralIndia
Mrs. Beatrice IuliniSri Sri School of Yoga Europe faculty and Teacher Training director, Board MemberItaly
Prof. Adolfo Panfili, MD President of the International Association for Orthomolecular MedicineItaly
Prof. Fahri SaatciogluProfessor, Department of Biosciences, University of OsloNorway
Mr. Alexander LinderPhytobalance, Yoga and Ayurveda expert Germany
Dr. Ronald SteinerPhysician for sports medicine, scientist with research focus on prevention & rehabilitationGermany
Mr. Doug SwensonFounder of Sadhana Chi Yoga, CaliforniaUSA
Mr. Gianni FerrarioItalian actor and performer, Laughter Therapy expertItaly
Dr. Holger CramerDirector at the Department of Internal and Integrative Medicine, University of Duisburg-EssenGermany
Ms. Bärbel RehbergSSY teacher with 200h RYTGermany
Al Reem Al Tenaiji Founder of Kintsugi Space, Abu DhabiUAE
Dr. Sharika MenonDoctor/Trainer with Sri Sri Tattva, volunteer/faculty at the AOL FoundationIndia
Mr. Rajiv KumarSecond Secretary (Culture) Embassy of India Bern Switzerland
WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS LIST
Prof. (Dr.) B. R. SharmaB.A. (Hon), M.A., Ph.D. Certified ManuscriptologistIndia
Dr. Richa ChopraFounding & Officiating Head, Department of Contemplative and Behavioural Sciences, Sri Sri UniversityIndia
Alejandro Martinez MeijideSSY teacher, senior AOL teacher, QCI Level 2 yoga teacher certification Argentina
Alexander LinderPhytobalance, Yoga and Ayurveda expert Germany
Alma BasokaiteBelgian SSY coordinator & teacher RYT200, Yoga Alliance (SSSY & Yogashala Institute)Belgium
Ariane Iranpour SSY teacher and Stress Management & Rehabilitation techniques trainerLuxembourg 
Babeeta ChhabraInternational SSY teacher, Allied health care professional, artistic directorFrance
Barbara BendelPsychologist, Business Coach & TLEX Trainer in Mindfulness & Leadership, SSY Europe FacultyGermany
Beatrice IuliniSri Sri School of Yoga Europe faculty and Teacher Training director, Board MemberItaly
Bhavini VyasVedic Meditation Teacher and International Mantra SingerUK
Carina AsuncionSenior TLEX trainer on Mindfulness, Leadership & Change and certified SSY teacherSwitzerland
Christophe MilletHatha yoga teacher, co-director & co-founder of the Yoga Festival on the AtlanticFrance
Debora GrossoniSSY teacher 500h, Happiness trainer, Mind & Breath expertSpain
Doug SwensonFounder of Sadhana Chi Yoga in CaliforniaUSA
Gabriela BozicJivamukti Yoga teacher in Munich, speaker, entrepreneur, author and motherGermany
Gabriella GiulibaroInternational Iyengar yoga teacher & teacher trainer of Iyengar YogaItaly
Harshini VakkalankaJournalist, Poet, Art of Living TeacherGermany
Ipek DargaAdnan Çabuk Yoga Foundation / Siddashram Yoga Center teacherTurkey
Jayadev JaerschkyEuropean School of Ananda Yoga director, yoga trainer & author Italy
Krishna KalyanSSY Teacher, MSc Data EngineerGermany
Lotta Arbman Brahma Kumaris coordinator & Spirit of Humanity Forum secretarySweden
Margot RegeleLaugh Yoga Expert 
Mrinalini KochupillaiMrinalini, academic researcher & guest professor at TUM, SSY & SKY Campus teacherGermany
Raffaella PisatiSSY Teacher with 500h RYT and SSY Teacher TrainerItaly
Sarah StorkTV Actress and Fitness-Yoga teacher Germany
Shubhendra & Sakia RaoSaskia, cellist, composer, cultural entrepreneur & educationalist. Pandit Shubhendra, performer, composer, cultural entrepreneur & music educatorNetherlands
Sine OzsoyIyengar Yoga TeacherTurkey
Tahir ShariefMedical doctor by profession, yoga & meditation teacher by passionUK
Tanja Seehofer & Yann KuhlmannTanja Seehofer, Yin Yoga expert, mental & wing wave coach & human energy therapist. Yann Kuhlmann, composer, producer, lyricist & multi-instrumentalist.Germany
Tatiana JakobSenior SSY Teacher 500h, SSY Teacher Trainer, Sri Sri School of Yoga Europe BoardGermany
Triinu JõhveAcro Yoga teacherEstonia
Vanessa EbleTLEX trainer on Mindfulness & LeadershipSwitzerland/ Germany
Wayne YehVinyasa & Ashtanga Yoga Instructor 500+hr & Coach, opera singer, entrepreneurHong Kong

FULL DAY PROGRAM SCHEDULE (CEST)

07:00-08:20 CEST: WAKE UP MORNING YOGA SESSION
Secrets of BreathProf. (Dr.) B. R. SharmaB.A. (Hon), M.A., Ph.D. Certified Manuscriptologist
Sri Sri Yoga BeginnerAriane Iranpour SSY teacher and Stress Management & Rehabilitation techniques trainer
Sri Sri Yoga BeginnerAlma BasokaiteBelgian SSY coordinator & teacher RYT200, Yoga Alliance (SSSY & Yogashala Institute)
Sri Sri Yoga IntermediateRaffaella PisatiSSY Teacher with 500h RYT and SSY Teacher Trainer
Iyengar Yoga IntermediateSine OzsoyIyengar Yoga Teacher
Sri Sri Yoga IntenseTatiana JakobSenior SSY Teacher, SSY Teacher Trainer, Sri Sri School of Yoga Europe Board 
Power Yoga IntenseWayne YehVinyasa & 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 ShankarFounder, Sri Sri School of Yoga and Founder, The Art of Living Foundation
10:00 - 11:30 CEST: KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Mrs. Beatrice IuliniSri Sri School of Yoga Europe faculty and Teacher Training director, Board Member
Mr. Christoph GlaserBoard Member Sri Sri School of Yoga, CEO TLEX Institute
H.H. Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi ShankarFounder, Sri Sri School of Yoga and Founder, The Art of Living Foundation
H.E. Ms. Gaitri Issar KumarAmbassador of India to the Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union
Mrs. Kamlesh BarwalGlobal 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 SaatciogluProfessor, 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 practicesProf. (Dr.) B. R. SharmaB.A. (Hon), M.A., Ph.D. Certified Manuscriptologist
Sri Sri Yoga: Prana and the MindBeatrice IuliniSri Sri School of Yoga Europe faculty and Teacher Training director, Board Member
Sri Sri Yoga: Immune System ProtocolTahir ShariefMedical doctor by profession, yoga & meditation teacher by passion
Sri Sri Yoga: Core StrengthDebora GrossoniSSY teacher 500h, Happiness trainer, Mind & Breath expert
Yoga Psychology: A Pathway to Mental Well-beingDr. Richa ChopraFounding & Officiating Head, Department of Contemplative and Behavioural Sciences, Sri Sri University
TLEX Chair Cardio & Desktop Stretching: Resilience for professionalsCarina AsuncionSenior TLEX trainer on Mindfulness, Leadership & Change and certified SSY teacher
TLEX and Sri Sri Yoga for Kids: Bumblebees    (4-7 years)Vanessa Eble & Krishna KalyanVanessa, TLEX trainer on Mindfulness & Leadership. Krishna, SSY Teacher, MSc Data Engineer
Iyengar Yoga Workshop: Body awareness & it’s impact on breath-mind awarenessGabriella GiulibaroInternational Iyengar yoga teacher & teacher trainer of Iyengar Yoga in Italy
Restorative Hatha Yoga WorkshopIpek DargaAdnan Çabuk Yoga Foundation / Siddashram Yoga Center teacher
Fitness-Yoga WorkshopSarah StorkTV Actress and Fitness-Yoga teacher 
Light within your Heart: Practice to increase vitality, reduce anxiety & build courageGabriela BozicJivamukti Yoga teacher in Munich, speaker, entrepreneur, author and mother
Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga: Explore our spiritual identity & our nature of peace & harmonyLotta Arbman Brahma Kumaris coordinator & Spirit of Humanity Forum secretary in Sweden
Acro Yoga WorkshopTriinu JõhveAcro Yoga teacher in Estonia
12:30-13:00 CEST: NOON MEDITATION WITH SWAMI JYOTHIRMAYAH
Noon Meditation Swamiji JyothirmayahDirector & faculty for the International AOL Foundation & highly regarded as a yoga expert
14:00-14:30 CEST: YOGA NIDRA WITH SWAMI PARAMTEJ
Yoga NidraSwamiji ParamtejSenior faculty of AOL, yogi, meditator & an enthusiast of adventure sports

 

14:30-16:00 CEST: KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Mrs. Rajita KulkarniPresident, Sri Sri University, President, World Forum For Ethics in Business
Mr. Alexander LinderPhytobalance, Yoga and Ayurveda expert 
Dr. Ronald SteinerPhysician for sports medicine, scientist with research focus on prevention & rehabilitation
Mr. Doug SwensonFounder of Sadhana Chi Yoga, California
Mr. Keerti MathurB Ost med, Osteopath, faculty member of SSU’s Dept of Osteopathy & Anatomy teacher SSSY
Mr. Gianni FerrarioItalian actor and performer, Laughter Therapy expert
Dr. Holger CramerDirector at the Department of Internal and Integrative Medicine, University of Duisburg-Essen
Dr. Sharika MenonDoctor/Trainer with Sri Sri Tattva, volunteer/faculty at the AOL Foundation
Ms. Bärbel RehbergSSY 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 VakkalankaMrinalini, academic researcher & guest professor at TUM, SSY & SKY Campus teacher
Living mindfulness in business. Techniques for everyday well-being.Barbara BendelPsychologist, Business Coach & TLEX Trainer in Mindfulness & Leadership, SSY Europe Faculty, Germany
Sri Sri Yoga: for Mental HealthAlejandro Martinez MeijideSSY teacher, senior AOL teacher, QCI Level 2 yoga teacher certification 
Sri Sri Natya Yoga: the Yoga of DanceBabeeta ChhabraInternational SSY teacher, Allied health care professional, artistic director
Sri Sri Yoga: The Power of MantrasBhavini VyasVedic Meditation Teacher and International Mantra Singer
TLEX and Sri Sri Yoga for Kids: Hummingbirds (8-12 years)Vanessa Eble & Krishna KalyanVanessa, TLEX trainer on Mindfulness & Leadership. Krishna, SSY Teacher, MSc Data Engineer
Sadhana Yoga Chi Workshop: Elements of Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Tai Chi & gentle yogaDoug SwensonFounder of Sadhana Chi Yoga in California
Ananda & Kriya Yoga WorkshopJayadev JaerschkyEuropean School of Ananda Yoga director, yoga trainer & author 
Classical Music for Mental Health – East meets WestShubhendra & Sakia RaoSaskia, cellist, composer, cultural entrepreneur & educationalist. Pandit Shubhendra, performer, composer, cultural entrepreneur & music educator
Airyoga WorkshopTanja Seehofer & Yann KuhlmannTanja Seehofer, Yin Yoga expert, mental & wing wave coach & human energy therapist. Yann Kuhlmann, composer, producer, lyricist & multi-instrumentalist.
Ayurvedic Cooking WorkshopAlexander LinderPhytobalance, Yoga and Ayurveda expert 
Laugh Yoga WorkshopMargot RegeleLaugh Yoga Expert
19:00 - 24:00 CEST: EVENING PROGRAM
Kirtan, Mantras and DanceMusicians 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.