World Yoga Summit

World Yoga Summit

on donation basis: June 18-23 2023

Join live for World Yoga Day and experience yoga classes, asana workshops, panel discussions, and guided meditations led by masters from around the world. The event will also feature cultural performances including concerts, Indian dance, and more.

On a donation basis, to Yoga Vidya e.V.:

Registration required.  

English with German translation.

1. Global Conference on "Shaping the Future of the World by Holistic Yoga Beyond Physiology" on donation basis, June 19-20

Under the title Global Conference on "Shaping the Future of the World by Holistic Yoga Beyond Physiology", the organisers:

  • Indian Council for relations (ICCR), New Delhi
  • United Consciousness Global, India 
  • Yoga Vidya, Germany
  • European Yoga Federation, Italy  

will organise a programme with yoga masters from all over the world on the occasion of World Yoga Day, with yoga classes, asana workshops, panel discussions and meditations. The programme will be complemented by concerts, Indian dance and much more.

The "Global Conference on Shaping the Future of the World by Holistic Yoga Beyond Physiology" is an event within the "Word Yoga Summit" from June 18-23 2023.

Further events of the "World Yoga Summit" are the "International Day of Yoga - Gita Vidya in collaboration with Yoga Vidya on June 21 2023" as well as the event "Experience yoga in depth: Learning from International Masters" on June 22 2023.

All events can be booked separately or as "World Yoga Summit" from June 18-23 2023. 

On a donation basis, to Yoga Vidya e.V.:

Registration required. English with German translation.  

Date: June 19-20 2023
Price: free 


The Group of Twenty (G20) is a premier forum that shapes and strengthens global architecture and governance. India currently holds the G20 Presidency from December 1, 2022, to November 30, 2023. The theme of India's G20 Presidency is "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" or "One Earth · One Family · One Future," derived from the ancient Sanskrit text of the Maha Upanishad. This theme emphasizes the value of all life forms and their interconnectedness on Earth and in the wider universe.

Yoga, which means union or connecting through raised consciousness, establishes an elevation of consciousness where we recognize ourselves in others and see unity in all. The essence of Yogic Tradition lies in its profound Spiritual Wisdom, expressing itself through Oneness.

Yoga is a sacred journey undertaken by millions for millennia, leading to living with the awareness of one consciousness and one being. It allows us to transcend limited identities that foster division and embrace unity. This is particularly crucial because we share one Earth, belong to one human family, and undoubtedly have one future as inhabitants of this beautiful planet. Indian Yogic traditions are not only an Indian legacy but also a matter of World Heritage.

It is the responsibility of each generation to preserve, protect, and promote the magnificent legacy passed down by their ancestors. The scope of yoga extends beyond physiology, encompassing morality, ethics, psychology, philosophy, and holistic well-being. This conference will reaffirm authentic yogic standards, serving as protocols for global yoga practitioners and guiding accreditation institutions as well.


  1. To protect and promote the sanctity of Yoga.
  2. To establish Yoga for holistic well-being.
  3. To explore the deeper dimensions of Yoga beyond physiology.
  4. To establish new accreditation protocols for global practitioners of Yoga.

Scope of Discussion:

Theme 1: Foundations of the History and Philosophy of Yoga
Theme 2: Foundations of Yoga Spirituality
Theme 3: Foundations of Yoga Psychology
Theme 4: Ethical Foundations of Yoga and Professional Workplace Ethics 
Theme 5: Physiological Foundations of Yoga Practice
Theme 6: Scientific Foundations of Yoga
Theme 7: Foundations of Teaching Methodology 

Programme Global Conference, June 19-20

June 19 


  • Patrick Vopel 



Inaugural Ceremony

Welcome address by President Yoga Vidya, Sukadev Bretz, Germany
Address by Convener, United Consciousness, Dr. Vikrant Singh Tomar, India
Address by Director of The Tagore Cultural Centre, Trisha Sakhlecha, India
Address by Ambassador of India in Germany (Guest of Honor), Harish Parvathaneni 
Address by DG, ICCR, Abhay Kumar, New Delhi, India
Inaugural Address by The President ICCR (Chief Guest), Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, India
Welcome address by President European Yoga Federation, Swami Suryanananda, Italy

12.00-12.20Theme 5: Physiological Foundations of Yoga Practice
  • Topic: Ayurvedic Principles of Balance and Harmony  
  • Speaker: Swami Suryanananda, Italy
12.20-12.40Theme 2: Foundations of Yoga Spirituality
  • Topic: Sankhya philosophy & world problems                            
  • Speaker: Mr. Jadranko Miklec, Croatia   
12.40-13.00Theme 3: Foundations of Yoga Psychology
13.00-13.30Moderator Led Question Answer Session

Guided meditation for connecting to the Supreme 

14.20-14.40Theme 1: Foundations of the Traditions (History), Textual Wealth and Philosophy
  • Topic: Yoga as one of six fundamental darśana
  • Speaker: Acharya Vivek, Canada
14.40-15.00Theme 4: Knowledge of ethical foundations of yoga & professional work ethics
  • Topic: Saudi Experiment of Yoga  
  • Speaker: Ms. Nouf Marwai, Saudi Yoga Committee (Live Online)
15.10-15.30Theme 6: Scientific Foundations of Yoga
15.30-16.00Moderator Led Question Answer Session

Guided meditation for peaceful mind

16.50-17.10Theme 7: Foundations of Teaching Methodology
17.10-17.30Theme 1 : Foundations of the Traditions (History), Textual Wealth and Philosophy
17.30-17.50Theme 2: Foundations of Yoga Spirituality
17.50-18.20Moderator Led Question Answer Session

Guided Meditation for sharpening the Intellect

19.40-20.00Theme 3: Foundations of Yoga Psychology
  • Topic: Panca Kośas and four States of Consciousness
  • Speaker: Prof Jayaraman, India 


  • Sukadev, President Yoga Vidya, Germany

Indian classical dance 'Kuchipudi


Indian Classical Concert (Raga and Rhythm)

June 20 
06.00-06.45Pranayama, Emy Blesio, Italy
07.00-08.00Satsanga, Narendra, Germany

5X5 Yoga Asana Workshops - Theme “Self beyond three Bodies”

5 parallel yoga classes with international masters and teachers

 1. Five Yoga Asanas for revitalising Physical Body
 2. Five Yoga Asanas for a peaceful Mind, Ms. Sanita Silina, Latvia
 3. Five Yoga Asanas for sharpening the Intellect, Ms. Gisa Franceschelli, Italy
 4. Five Yoga Asanas for decluttering the Memories, Amra Kubat, Bosnia (Video)
 5. Five Yoga Asanas for connecting to the Supreme, Mr. Ilija Daov, Macedonia
09.30-09.50Theme 2: Foundations of Yoga Spirituality
09.50-10.10Theme 1: Foundations of the Traditions (History), Textual Wealth and Philosophy
10.10-10.30Theme 6: Scientific Foundations of Yoga


12.00-12.20Theme 7: Foundations of Teaching Methodology
12.20-12.40Theme 5: Physiological Foundations of Yoga Practice
  • Topic: Human Physiology and Yoga                                             
  • Speaker: Mr. Krzystof Stec, Poland
12.40-13.00Theme 3: Foundations of Yoga Psychology
13.00-13.30Moderator Led Question Answer Session

Guided Meditation for decluttering the Memories

14.20-14.40Theme 5: Physiological Foundations of Yoga Practice
14.40-15.00Theme 4: Knowledge of ethical foundations of yoga & professional work ethics
  • Topic: The archer and the bow: a yogic mindset
  • Speaker: Amelia Rozzi, Italy
15.00-15.20Theme 6: Scientific Foundations of Yoga
15.20-15.40Theme 7: Foundations of Teaching Methodology
15.40-16.10Moderator Led Question Answer Session
16.10-16.30Guided Meditation for relaxing the body

Valedictory Ceremony
Launching of UC Global Standards of Yoga Teacher’s Accreditation

Address by DDG, ICCR, New Delhi, India - Abhay Kumar
Thanks note by President Yoga Vidya, Germany - Sukadev Bretz
Thanks Note by President European Yoga Federation, Italy - Swami Suryananda Ji Amadio Biancho
Closing Remarks by Convener, United Consciousness, India - Dr. Vikrant Singh Tomar

19.30-20.00Theme 4: Knowledge of ethical foundations of yoga & professional work ethics



Dance - Like Earth and Water Improvisation on symbolic and sacred gestures 


Indian classical concert: Inner Healing through Music and Mantras


2. International Day of Yoga - Gita Vidya in collaboration with Yoga Vidya on donation basis, June 21

On the occasion of World Yoga Day, a vibrant program featuring international yoga masters, yoga classes, workshops, meditations, concerts, and more will take place. This event also marks the kick-off meeting for the collaboration between Gita Vidya, led by Gopi V. Pasad, and Yoga Vidya, founded by Sukadev Bretz.
The "International Day of Yoga - Gita Vidya in connection with Yoga Vidya" is an event within the "World Yoga Summit" from June 18-23 2023.

Further events of the "World Yoga Summit" are the "Global Conference on Shaping the Future of the World by Holistic Yoga Beyond Physiology" from June 19-20 2023 as well as the event "Experience yoga in depth: Learning from International Masters" on June 22 2023.

All events can be booked separately or as "World Yoga Summit" from June 18-23 2023. 

On a donation basis, to Yoga Vidya e.V.:

Registration required. English with German translation.    

Date: June 21 2023 
Price: free 
Lecturers: Gopi V. Prasad, Sukadev Bretz

Programme International Yoga Day, June 21




Satsang (Meditation, Kirtan, Arati) 


Gita Rezitation

  • Prof. Catharina Kiehnle

Yoga Class as per Protocol

  • Vishnuprema

Presentation of United Consciousness Yoga Accreditation Standards

Address by DG, ICCR, New Delhi, (Guest of Honour), India - Kumar Tuhin
Address by DDG, ICCR, New Delhi, Abhay Kumar
Welcome Address by the Counsul General of India, Frankfurt CGI - Amit Telang
Address by Convener, United Consciousness, India - Mr Vikrant Singh Tomar
President Yoga Vidya, Germany, Sukadev
President European Yoga Federation, Italy - Swami Suryananda
Ms. Karine Shellshear, Australia
Acharya Vivek, Canada
Dr. Valdemar Prado, Maxico
Ms. Emy Blesio, Italy
Yogi Baba Adnan ji, Turkey
Andrej Lobanov, Russia


Inaugural Ceremony

Facilitator: Gopi Prasad - President, Gita Vidya Peetam, India
Address by Convener, United Consciousness, Mr Vikrant Singh Tomar, India
President Yoga Vidya, Sukadev, Germany
President European Yoga Federation, Swami Suryananda, Italy
Padmashri Amrta Suryananda Maharaja, Portugal
President, Gita Vidya Peetam, Gopi Prasad, India
(local dignitaries, Indian Consul etc.)


Short easy Yoga Class with Particiption of Dignitaries

13.00- 14:00

Mantra Concert 


Panel Discussion

Facilitator: Convener, United Consciousness, Mr Vikrant Singh Tomar, India
President Yoga Vidya, Sukadev, Germany
President, Gita Vidya Peetam, Gopi Prasad, India
President European Yoga Federation, Swami Suryananda, Italy
Dr. Valdemar Prado, Mexico


Lecture: Yogic Living for Well being

  • Ms. Ayrong Chong, S. Koria, Live online- ZOOM
16.00 -17.00 

Vedanta Class only in English 




Yoga Class only in English

18.15 -19.15DINNER

Peace Dance for One and All

  • Wolfgang & Ingrid Seemann

Om Namo Narayanaya Chanting

  • Bhakti Rickert
20.00-21.00Satsanga, Sukadev

Indian Classical Dance 'Odissi'


Concert: "The Splendour of Classical Indian Ragas & Folk Melodies"


3. Experience yoga in depth: Learning from International Masters, June 22-23

Workshops, lectures and yoga classes - a unique opportunity to learn from international masters and yoga teachers.

June 22 

Pranayama: Inner Pranayama for Subtle Body Awareness


Satsanga (Meditation, Kirtan, Arati) 

  • Ananta Heussler

Lecture: Exploring the tools of Yoga


Lecture: The importance of Ashtanga Kriyas in yogic practice


 Yoga Class - Asana, Mudra, Bandha & Kriya


Yoga Class in English: Increasing elasticity and internal energy


Lecture: Yoga for children and adolescents

09.30-10.20Homa - Fire Ceremony
09.30-10.20Om Namo Narayanaya chanting with Arati 

Recitation of Bhagavad Gita

  • Vani Devi
10.30-11.30 BRUNCH 
11.00 -13.00

Bhoomi Pooja - Earth Healing Ritual

  • Head priest of the Hamm temple



Lecture: Nidra, Brain and Consciousness


Lecture: "Seeker's discussion:  Duality and non-duality"


Voice Training: Feldenkrais Method


Asana Class in English: Energising Exercises of Kriya Yoga

  • Swami Bodhichitananda  

Lecture: From the sun to the sands – connection between Yoga & (Vedic) Astrology

19.45-20.00Om Namo Naryayana Chanting  

Satsanga - Meditation, Kirtan, Arati


Mantra Concert with ´Heart Lotus´

June 23 


  • Ravi

Satsanga - Meditation, Kirtan, Arati


Lecture: The new light on diet to speed up yogic progress


Mudras & Chakras in Yoga: Chakra Meditation with Sitar Accompaniment


Mantra Yin Yoga Class

  • Frauke Richter & Shanti Wade

Special: Suryanamaskar – the all inclusive ancient cross fitness system


Kalaripayattu Workshop 

  • Nithin Babu

Closing concert: Mantras for the Heart & Soul 


All events can be booked separately or as "Word Yoga Summit" from June 18-23 2023. 

On a donation basis, to Yoga Vidya e.V.:

Registration required. English with German translation.  

Date: June 22-23 2023 
Price: free

World Yoga Summit Live Online on YouTube

You can follow the World Yoga Summit live online on our YouTube channel @YogaVidyaLive. Click on the links for the different days. Join us and enjoy the event:

June 18:
Join us on our YouTube channel

June 19:
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June 20:
Join us live on YouTube

June 21:
Our live online broadcast on World Yoga Day

June 22:
Wherever you are, be live online

June 23:
The last chance to be live online


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