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Marrying the core of western yoga with the pure power and heart of the Upanishadic tradition. Join two of Australia’s best loved teachers as they take us on an extraordinary ride into the pure power and mystery of yoga in the 21st century
“This is a beautiful energising sequence that leaves me feeling light, focused and motivated”
“This has been my daily practice for the last 5 years inspired by my wonderful teacher John Weddepohl. I love this practice on so many levels and perhaps for me it is the sheer adaptability of the practice itself. It fits into my life in whatever way that I need it to supporting me on a daily basis. How ever what I truly appreciate is how much peace it gives my mind. Please do not miss this chance to discover a simple but profound daily practice with John Weddepohl ”
John Weddepohl (Siddharthan) has always been blessed with teachers. One of few English speakers teaching Self Knowledge, John joins two of India’s time honored traditions dating back to India’s great revivalist Adi Shankara and great Guru Boghanathar Siddha one of the 18 Tamil Siddhas.
Persuaded by his first teachers Yogiraj Alan Finger and his father Kavi Yogi Mani Finger John opened up their first ISHTA Yoga Studio in downtown Johannesburg South Africa in 1969. Under the apartheid regime ruling South Africa it wasn’t long before the school was shut down by the authorities and he needed a job. A talented musician from the age of seven, John soon found success as a singer songwriter and later composing music for film and television. With the release of Nelson Mandela from prison sanctions barring South Africans from visiting India were finally lifted and arriving there in 2004, John journeyed across India as a western साधु sadhu.
It is through the grace and blessing of his Master H.H. Sri Pujya Suddhananda Swamiji and the blessings of the Boghanathar Siddha tradition of Palani that John has been able to assimilate the wisdom of the Upanishads and share the secrets of Asta Yoga, the Yoga of Agastya.
A Self Knowledge teacher uses a unique teaching methodology (अध्यारोप अपवाद adhyaropa apavada) to break open the timeless secret of the Self Atman hidden in the upanishads (शास्त्र sastra). Known as अनधिगत anadhigata, knowledge that is not available from another source, the teachings of आत्मा ज्ञानम् Atma Gnanam Self Knowledge have stood the test of time uplifting humanity and resolving the problem of human suffering in India for countless generations.
John teaches the philosophy component on the Ishta System Mentorship Teacher Training, the Yoga Synergy teacher training with Simon Borg Olivier and Bianca Machliss and for Air Yoga in Munich. He has been featured on the Bali Spirit Festival, The Byron Spirit Retreat, The Berlin Yoga Festival, Bhakti Yoga Summer and taught workshops and retreats in India, Bali, Japan, Europe, South Africa and Australia since 2010