About Yoga Vidya

Yoga Vidya - Europe's leading Yoga Network

Yoga Vidya is a non-profit association and Europe's leading network of Yoga Ashrams, Centers and Yoga Teachers, offering education and training in yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, massage, holistic health and spirituality. Yoga Vidya is a non-profit organization whose aim is to spread the knowledge („vidya”) of holistic Yoga.

Founded by Sukadev Bretz in 1992 Yoga Vidya now runs 4 Ashrams, about 100 Yoga city centers and trained more than 20.000 Yoga teachers. This makes us to Europe’s leading and largest yoga educational organization. We are teaching in the tradition of Swami Sivananda. We welcome people of all faiths, religions and Yoga Traditions and encourage conversation and practice among everyone.

Yoga Vidya is dedicated to spread Yoga by many means. Yoga Vidya provides one of the world's largest free Yoga Internet Platforms, offering among others, more than 50.000 Videos, more than 50.000 Podcast episodes and a Yogawiki with more than 250.000 articles.


Yoga Vidya Ashram Bad Meinberg  - World's Biggest Ashram outside India

Staying at the Yoga Vidya in Meinberg (near Hannover) you will find yourself surrounded by a beautiful community of spiritually minded people, who are supporting each other’s learning and growth. Hosting up to 1000 guests, offering over 3400 programs each year as well as a variety of recreational facilities. Yoga Vidya Meinberg is not only a dynamic and lively place but also the largest Yoga Place outside India.

240 community members live, learn, serve here and take care to our guests educational formation and well-being.

The ashram is located on the outskirts of the town of Bad Meinberg, a traditional German Spa Town known for its pure air quality and healing atmosphere. Near the town is Externsteine, a Sanctuary of Ancient Times. Wonderful trails lead to Teutoburg Forest, one of the most beautiful forests in Germany.

The Ashram provides the perfect atmosphere to gain new insights and to rediscover your inner resources of happiness.

The daily Ashram routine consists of yoga postures, breathing exercises, deep relaxation, chanting, meditation, lactures, vegetarian meals, Hindu rituals like Puja, Homa, Arati.  The whole program is designed to have an optimal effect on your body, mind and spirit.

Also - our food is delicious, 100% organic and almost completely vegetarian/vegan.

The Ashram has more than 40 seminar halls and rooms, several temple rooms, a library, Europe's biggest vegetarian-organic kitchen, a boutique, an Ayurveda Center, a Yoga Therapy Center, tent space, outside Yoga Platforms and a parc of 60 hectares.

“Individual Peace paves the way for world peace. The attainment of inner calm is the greatest work you can do for humanity.”
(Swami Sivananda)

Find your inner peace and realize your highest potential. The integral practice of yoga and meditation in a natural environment in the company of like-minded people can harmonize and inspire your body, mind and spirit. You will enhance your strength, joy and positive outlook on life as well as deep self-knowledge.