World Yoga Festival Online Sessions

Thanks to the generosity of our teachers, many of these sessions are free. Please consider donating to the charity behind World Yoga Festival to help cover our admin and subscription costs during this challenging time. Donate now

Over the past 5 months, World Yoga Festival has gone ONLINE and hosted an incredible 19 Sunday classes, a 15-day meditation challenge, a beginner’s vedanta course and a special 6-week vajra course - all equating to over 50 hours of expert-led practice, knowledge and learning. Registration for the free Sunday classes exceeds 3500! We hope this has helped navigate the way through this often isolating, occasionally confusing, profoundly new way of life in some small way.


We couldn't have done this without all those who have supported us - those who had faith in us and are patiently waiting for the 2021 festival, those who have donated to us. There's also a huge amount of work that has gone on behind the scenes - generous teachers donating their precious time and knowledge, the World Yoga Festival team grappling with new technology in a short space of time, the hours of admin and promotion to make sure you hear about the classes. And of course the dedication YOU have shown as willing students.


And there's more to come! This Sunday afternoon programme continues, specialist masterclass courses with Senior Iyengar Yogacharya Devki Desai and future classes which will continue for as long as demand continues and teaching availability allows.


Head to the YouTube channel to catch up on many of the classes:

Master Classes

Laughter yoga for JOY with 'Laughing Yogi’ Joe Hoare Sunday 17th January 2021 at 3pm (UK time) - FREE, online Zoom session

JOY is the antidote to life’s troubles. In this class we will experience a body/breath/mind combination to connect with our joy. We will take away a set of practices to maintain this connection and keep it growing.


Sign up here

Kena Upanishad classes - Zoom classes starting 6th January

The Upanishads come from the knowledge sections of the four Vedas which are the oldest known Means of Knowledge to understand who we really are in order to eliminate suffering. The best way to understand these teachings is from a live teacher. Ram Banerjee has been teaching the Upanishads for many years and from 6th January 2021, he will be starting the first of six weekly evening classes on the Kena Upanishad which is a small but principle Upanishad from the Sama Veda. It is a dialogue between a very intelligent student and an equally brilliant teacher. 


The student starts by asking:


What is that principle because of which the inert body, 

senses and the mind behave as though they are sentient?


The teacher starts his answer with:


It is indeed the self that is the ear of the ear, the mind of the mind,

the speech of the speech, the breath of the breath and the eye of the eye.


Very poetic, but what does it mean? If you wish to understand more, join Ram and a select group of seekers as he unravels the truth that is in plain sight yet remains totally hidden.


If you are new to Ram’s classes please email us at for further information.

Vedanta for Beginners - 6-part online course with Ram Banerjee

Zoom every Thursday starting at 8pm beginning 7th January 2021 (i.e. 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th Jan, 4th & 11th Feb).

A new 6-session course by Ram Banerjee, co-founder of the World Yoga Festival. Ram has been running classes in Vedanta & Meditation for over 10 years. He is well known for his clear and concise style of presenting very subtle material in a coherent and easy to follow manner.


Who is it for:


Many people who stumble upon a talk about the Wisdom of the Vedas, often get fascinated by the realisation that there is something there that warrants further investigation. This desire to know is often quickly extinguished by not knowing where and how to proceed. This is an introductory course designed as a primer on this fascinating subject.


This course is for the open minded and curious. Fundamental questions such as “Who am I?”, “Where did I come from?” and “Where am I going?,” occupy all human beings. For thousands of years, the Vedas have provided definitive answers. This is NOT faith, this is knowledge that can be verified by your own experience. This is NOT preaching, this is teaching. Just how curious are you to know? Join like-minded people who, like you, are ready to learn.


Course details:


The course consists of 6 individual 90-minute classes delivered online via Zoom every Thursday starting at 8pm beginning 7th Januaru 2021 (i.e. 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th Jan, 4th & 11th Feb).


Class Structure:


The 90-minute classes are interactive and limited in size.

The first 10 minutes are a recap of what was discussed in the last class.

Next 60 minutes is the talk.

Last 20 minutes are for Q&A.


Topics Covered:


  • Vedas including the Goals and stages for an ideal Life

  • Role of Karma Yoga and Upasana (meditation) in a spiritual life

  • Jnana Yoga (Path of Knowledge) and the qualifications necessary for progress

  • The 3 bodies and the 3 states of consciousness

  • The five Koshas (sheathes) and their role in understanding the Self

  • Understanding the Self (Atma) and the relationship with the world (Anatma)

  • Understanding creation, manifestation and the role (if any) of a supreme power

  • Doctrine of Karma and its relationship to Self-Realisation (Enlightenment)


Course material:


PDF notes will be made available to attendees after each session

The class will be recorded but playback restricted only to those who have signed up


Cost: A donation of £6 per class (£36 for full course) is sought and all proceeds will go to the Arsha Kula Foundation, the charity that operates the World Yoga Festival. The wisdom of the Vedas is for everyone and no-one that genuinely wants to learn will be excluded because of their financial status. If you are unable to pay, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate.


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Partner Classes

Live Online course with Mahesh

Mahesh has been studying and practising yoga since 2005. Trained by the Satyananda Yoga Academy Europe (2007-2010), and having spent a total of 5 years in residential training at the Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, India between 2010-2019, he has been teaching hatha, raja, bhakti, karma and mantra yoga in London, Switzerland, Hungary, Germany, Italy, USA, and India. He currently resides at the Satyananda Yoga Centre, London.


Yoga Lifestyle Foundation Course

Reprogram Your Mind: Tools for Mental Strength, Peace, Wisdom, and Freedom

Bhakti Yoga for Everyone

Fundamentals of Pranayama

Meditation and Mindfulness in Yoga

A Day of Living Yoga

For further details to book, click here >>


Systematic courses with pre-recorded materials, community and teacher support, available any time:


Yoga for Balance and Harmony. Book now >>

Yoga for Peace, Focus, and Sound Sleep. Book now >>

Yoga for Strength, Energy, and Vitality. Book now >>

Spiritual Practices According to Your Chakra Age with Sri Shyamji Bhatnagar, a living master of Nada (sound) Yoga & creator of Microchakra™ Psychology

Online 7 weekly sessions on Fridays: 23rd October - 4th December, 5pm - 6:30pm (UK time)


There is order in the Universe – Reta. When we synchronize our life according to Reta, the laws of the universe, we do not experience any obstacles. The practice of Nada Yoga and study of Microchakra™ Psychology, enables us to live according to Reta.


During this course, you will:

  • Learn about all 7 stages of development

  • Learn the activities associated with each Chakra age

  • Examine your age through dominance of the light of the chakra

  • Come to understand the 7 chakra minds

  • Develop a deep appreciation of the 7 rays, 7 colours, 7 notes in music, 7 rhythms, 7 planets, 7 days of the week, 7 heavens, 7 Lokas and the 7 Rishis of the Vedas

  • Learn how to vocalise powerful sounds and rhythms

  • Use ancient ways of synchronizing our breath with the cycles of nature and brain hemispheres

  • Repeat mantras and sounds after the teacher in a traditional style 


For further details and other events at Chakra Institute click here:




Sri Shyamji encountered his spiritual teacher at the age of twelve in Himalayans, and spent several years under his guidance.  The Guru initiated him into the Shaivite tradition of Tantra—imparting a rare oral tradition of sacred sounds (Naada yoga), breath (Svar yoga) and spiritual wisdom.


In 1967, he had an intuition. In a five hours of automatic writing he revealed that each of the seven major chakras contained 21 microchakras™ and described the precise details of their functioning. This revelation is the basis of Microchakra™ Psychology. These microchakras helped him understand the depth of the human psyche and led to the development of his unique psycho-spiritual theory which profoundly enriches the classical understanding of the chakras.







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