Akasha Yoga Academy shares the inspiring teachings and practices of classical yoga in an authentic way. Integrity and enthusiasm are their hallmarks.
Yoga Retreats (2)
37-Day 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training with Hatha & Pranayama, Yin Yoga & Meditation in BaliNovember 14-December 20, 2020
Burkhard holds a master’s degree in psychology and alternative education from the Free University of Berlin, where his thorough exploration of Ken Wilber´s Integral Theory culminated in a thesis on holistic development. In 2001, Burkhard began to explore yoga in India. He has dedicated more than 5,000 hours to the study of classical Hatha yoga, Kundalini yoga, and yogic philosophy. He started his meditation practice following the Vipassana style of Theravada Buddhism, and has practiced under Ajaan Tong Sirimangalo in Northern Thailand.
Kirsten’s Yoga endeavors started in 2001 in India, where she was introduced to Sivananda Hatha Yoga. She is the co-founder of the Akasha Yoga Academy where she develops educational programs and presents teacher training courses in Bali & Thailand. Following her persistent passion for Yoga, she went through a comprehensive three-year full-time education in classical Hatha & Kundalini Yoga in Thailand. Her meditation practice is based on the non-dualistic teachings of Advaita Vedanta and Sahajananda’s Yoga of the Spiritual Heart.
Devdas is trained to teach meditation, pranayama, and Hatha Yoga. Before joining the Akasha Yoga Academy team, he taught yoga for twelve years in several major cities of India. He helped set up and run several yoga and meditation centers, and has been sharing the joy of Seva and Kirtan all around the globe… in America, Italy, Portugal, India, Bali, Thailand, Mexico, and beyond!
from Australia, May 2019
"Great foundation of yoga (not just asana’s)"
from United States, May 2019
"No words to sum it up!!!"
EVERYTHING - this month was literally the best of my life! Better than I could ever imagine and one I will never forget!!! The journey of self discovery was unbelievable! I came thinking I was going to become a yoga teacher and left feeling as free as a butterfly ready to teach yoga! Amazing amazing amazing
from Indonesia, December 2018
"Teachings of the Heart, from the Heart."
Traditional and authentic teachings of yoga, offered with love from the most caring teachers I have studied with. The course with Akasha is so much more than a "teacher training". This transformative experience will change the way you move through life, and offers a whole new perspective - both on and off the mat.
The course is very well structured, which allows what might be considered an "intense" 4 weeks to run extremely smoothly. A nurturing family environment ensures all are fully supported throughout the teachings.
I can only express full gratitude to all the teachers for sharing such valuable teachings, and creating a magical space for the integration of such.
I fully recommend this school, and if you are considering whether to dive into a training with Akasha Yoga Academy - follow your intuition. Somehow, with curiosity, you have arrived here. Feel into your heart, and you will land in the right place.
from Great Britain, December 2018
"Couldnt have chosen better!"
The course structure and material was great! A lot to take in but so well delivered!
The practical and theory were amazing and delivered in bite size chunks! Love that there is an emphasis on teaching skills;how to use your voice, approach and correct a student safely.
- the food! ❤
- Bhajuns/kirtan a real highlight
- the loving and nuturing space held by the teachers
from Great Britain, November 2018
"A fantastic training experience "
Super well-constructed teaching design, very experienced teachers to cover all aspects of yoga. True passionate yogis these teachers!
from Sweden, May 2018
Bali as a lovley country with beautiful people and nature. Wonderful to do yoga there. Loved the yogateacher Arlene. The best thing was to have my own classes.
from Kuwait, April 2018
"The teacher where very good"
The accommodation that was chosen for me was bad, I didn’t stay there I checked into a nice hotel
from Sweden, November 2017
The way the course was set up, lectures step by step adding more and more knowledge was vey good. Teachers superpassionate about Learning their knowledge to us students. They had soo much knowledge! and were supernice and shared so so much with us. Course was great! Better than my expectations. Learned more than I had thaught.
from New Zealand, November 2017
Such a lovely and passionate couple!!! The month flew by and strong bonds were made in such a short yet intensive time period. I definitely recommend this retreat, even if you don't want to become a yoga teacher at the end, you learn so much and grow so much for the better.
from Great Britain, April 2017
"Highly recommend Akasha Yoga Academy"
High quality of teaching for both yoga philosophy and practice
from Great Britain, August 2019
"Amazing experience with fantastic teachers/guest teachers. "
I didn’t know the Akasha family before, had a 200 YTT Hatha certificate and the 300hr Hatha/yin/pranayama/meditation course with Akasha sounded a good fit/continuation. I have to say it exceeded any expectations I had: fantastic teachers and guest teachers with immense knowledge of true yoga of the heart, in-depth, challenging, supportive, great mix of asana practices/lectures from going back to the source of ancient teachings to current researches in anatomy/philosophy, open, inclusive, pushing boundaries, all from the depth of our hearts with full of love ♥️♥️♥️ no words would give true justice to the experience with these guys! I’m really grateful to have become the member of this family 🙏🏻♥️🥰 thank you so much guys!
from Great Britain, July 2018
"Yoga Teacher Training at its finest! Beautiful Souls <3"
My experience with Akasha was incredible. I’m so lucky to have had the opportunity to learn from such a marvelous team. The abundance of knowledge combined between them is inspirational! The course is intense, as I would expect any worth-while month long teacher training would be! However, the intensity is perfectly manageable. Provided you look after yourself with early nights & healthy food you will most definitely thrive on the course! I loved the opportunity it provided for a detox from the day to day world. The month long dedication to 2 daily yoga practices & yoga theory, philosophy & anatomy lectures is beyond valuable.
The teachers provide everything that you need to set foot into the world as a yoga teacher, & more. They create a warm, loving & safe space for you to develop & bloom (not only as a teacher but also spiritually). The class of Koh Pha-Ngan June 2018 arrived on the island as individuals, but we left as a family. Eternally bonded by the unforgettable joy & evolution that we shared together DUE TO Akasha. The quality of course materials exceeded any expectations that I had. It covers everything you need to start your life long journey of truly discovering the sacred art of Yoga. So much attention & love has gone into providing a course that is very high in quality in a short time frame. Every lecture provides principles & wisdom that is fundamental knowledge for a developing teacher. I am forever grateful for being guided to you. All of my love, Carmen x
from United States, July 2017
"Not recommended - an honest review"
Kirsten is knowledgable and gives good lectures and good yoga classes. The content of her lectures and practical lessons is useful and to the point.
Simona's lectures were interesting, helpful, and to the point.
Arelene's classes were exceptional. You can feel her positive energy. I greatly enjoyed her classes and meeting her. Unfortunately, this was her last class with Akasha.
Pros on location: Thai massage
from Switzerland, July 2018
Perfekte Vorbereitung auf die eigene Reise ins Leben des Yoga!
Ana Marco Peinado
from Vietnam, July 2018
Big and complete content in lectures and practical teachings.
Amazing teachers!!! They share the inspiring teachings and practices with dedication, love and always with a smile :)
Physical practice, philosophy, pranayama, anatomy, meditation... One of the most beautiful experiences in my life!!!
"Each of us have an own song" After this Yoga Teacher Training my song sounds much, much better. Thank you!!!
from Netherlands, July 2017
"Mooie combinatie tussen oost en westerse benadering "
Team van 4 docenten: gedreven, intelligent, gepassioneerd, liefdevol, warm met voldoende humor. Op makkelijk te bereiken locatie in Tongsala, prachtige open yogaschool, mooie opbouw in de opleiding, zeer veel achtergrond informatie en naslagwerken, hoog tempo maar door afwisseling goed vol te houden, enorm gevarieerd, fijne plek om maand te verblijven, lunch (lokatie) ook echt top, echt een aanrader ook voor de beginnende teacher of yogi(ni), leuk dat ze zich ook richten op jong publiek
Einer meiner besten Entscheidungen und Erfahrungen. Wir waren 24 Leute aus 20 Ländern. Auch wenn ich nun nicht Yoga unterrichten würde, würde ich mich wieder für das Yoga Teacher Training von Akasha Yoga Academy entscheiden, da ich extrem viel für mein ganzer Lebensweg mitnehmen kann. Auch der offene Yoga-Unterrichtspavillion ist toll. Du bist den ganzen tag draussen mit Palmensicht. Was aber auch manchmal ein wenig anstrengend sein kann, wegen der Hitze & Luftfeuchtigkeit. Von den Haltungen (Asanas) richtig ausführen, über Anatomie, Philosophie, Ernährung, Atmung (Pranayama), Meditation, Reinigung bis hin zu einem Unterricht richtig gestalten und vieles mehr, wirst du systematisch und klar geschult. Ich hatte zu Beginn ein wenig Angst, weil mein englisch nicht so perfekt ist. Ich kam aber im Unterricht sehr gut mit. Weil auch alles genau und verständlich erklärt wird. Auch ist das ganze Team sehr herzlich, hilfsbereit, immer für einem da und manchmal auch ein bisschem streng was ich aber als positiv empfand. An dieser Stelle möchte ich nochmals Akasha Yoga Academy danken. Es hatt mein Leben extrem positiv verändert.
I find Akasha Yoga Academy an exceptional yoga school in many respects. Everything is very well thought of. Even before arriving for the YTT course, through extensive material you receive and the clear heartful communication you feel very cared for and supported. The material and teachings given at the course are very well researched and extensive. In addition to the fundamentals like postures, breathing, meditation, etc. the trainings have all sorts of great extras such as local rituals, weekly chanting and movie screenings.
Kirsten and Burkhart are the sweetest people, with warm hearts and very inspiring aspiration. The extended Akasha Yoga team takes care of everything before, during and after the trainings which leave very little to complain about. One thing I like a lot is the community of Akasha graduates which plays a great role for support and inspiration after the course.
To say it simply, this is not any yoga school, these people know their stuff very well, pick the most amazing locations to hold courses in, take care of you all the way through and help you
transform your life.
Yoga Teacher Training - November 2016
A month long course offering Yoga practice twice a day for 6 days a week plus practicing breath control and meditation plus countless hours of teachings on anatomy, Yoga history and philosophy, teaching techniques plus corrections and adjustments is no doubt an intensive affair.
Not only does this kind of Yoga Teacher Training literally take your Yoga practice to the next level, it transforms your whole being on all levels: The body becomes so much more soft and open, but more importantly body and mind come into a sweet connection with each other, life energy and emotions can flow so much more freely and the mind can finally come to moments of rest! Eye-opening, de-stressing, and making the being feel whole again.
The way Akasha Yoga Academy is creating a safe space for the students to allow all this to happen, is truly exceptional. The main teachers, Kirsten and Burkhard, are visibly sharing their practice and insights from their very own experience and they share from their heart with an incredible amount of warmth and generosity!
Becoming a Yoga teacher with Akasha Yoga Academy was much more for me than just gaining a certificate. It was the beginning of a very beautiful and rewarding journey. What they taught and shared with me in the month of the course and afterwards is with me until today.
Yoga Teacher Training - November 2016
My teacher training with Kirsten and Burkhard and the amazing dedicated team who supports them was a journey that exceeded every expectation I had.
The course covers all that you need to know to start your journey sharing the teachings of Hatha Yoga: Yoga anatomy, Yoga philosophy, posture alignment, class sequencing, the history of Yoga and even a marketing class! You can feel the immense dedication that they put into designing the course just by going through their material!
I felt guided in every possible way to give my first Yoga class and was given great constructive feedback each time I gave a class.
We also studied the Yoga sutras, the Yamas and Niyamas and were introduced to Ayurveda.
Everything was well thought of, be it the wonderful venue in the beautiful town of Ubud, home to many Yogis and to an amazing nature that supports the journey immensely, or the way the classes are scheduled throughout the 4-week journey to give you all the necessary material and experience needed to start your journey into sharing Yoga, or the beautiful bhajan nights and ceremonies where you connect on a deeper level with yourself and your other fellow students.
Kirsten and Burkhard are people who embody their teachings fully. They are kindhearted, fully dedicated to sharing their passion and to serve their students in the best possible way. It has been a tremendous privilege to study with them.
A training I highly recommend for anyone willing to start their journey sharing the teachings of Hatha Yoga.
Yoga Teacher Training - November 2016