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Special guests and cultural programmes

Guest speakers and artists from around the world enrich the Teachers’ Training Course experience. Lectures on medicine, diet, physics, psychology, religion, etc. reveal fascinating connections to yoga.

Indian cultural programmes such as vocal and instrumental concerts, classical temple dance and authentic Indian temple ceremonies reflect the rich tradition in which yoga has developed over the centuries.

Here are some of the illustrious persons who are regular guest speakers or performers at the Yoga Teachers' Training course (please note that the special guests may vary depending on the course – please refer to the individual course brochure).

Sri Venugopal Goswami

A particular highlight of the special programmes of the yoga teachers' training courses is the spiritual discourse and music with Bhagavat Acharya Sri Venugopal Goswami from Vrindavan (India).

Sri Venugopal Goswami comes from a family tradition of more than 500 years. His father initiated him into the teachings of the classical Bhakti scriptures in the Radha Raman Temple. For many years, Sri Venugopal Goswami studied under the world famous Indian vocalist Pandit Jasraj, an award-winning leading exponent of classical Hindustani music.

Shanti K. Kamlesh

Shanti K. Kamlesh is Ayurvedacharya (Master of Ayurveda) and studied Ayurveda in Lucknow (India). He comes from a distinguished lineage of Ayurvedic doctors and has been teaching Ayurveda and Ayurvedic cooking for more than 20 years.

Shanti K. Kamlesh is a frequent guest speaker at the yoga teachers' training courses, where he teaches a hands-on cooking workshop and lectures on the basics of Ayurveda.

Sanjay and Dr Anjani Kulkarni

Mr and Mrs Kulkarni have spent the last 20 years teaching Ayurveda around the world. They use their profound expertise to give practical advice on how to prevent disease and develop radiant health.


Rajyashree Ramesh

Rajyashree Ramesh is an expert in Bharatanatyam, India's traditional temple dance. Besides presenting this art in a dance performance she holds a workshop in dance steps and hand gestures. She is originally from Bangalore, South India, and has lived in Berlin for many years.

Indian temple dance performance

South Indian priest performing a puja (temple ritual)