Burkhard Langemann and Kirsten Reiss are the directors and head teachers of the Akasha Yoga Academy, which they founded in 2011. They both teach Hatha Yoga, meditation and yogic philosophy in retreats, workshops, and teacher training courses. They are passionate practitioners of the yogic tradition, and are sharing their experience and knowledge in a very personal, authentic, and cordial way.
My passion is the integration of spirituality and science. The focus of my personal practice and academic research is a unified understanding of Eastern and Western Philosophies.
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.
He has participated in more than a dozen Spiritual Heart Retreats lead by his primary meditation teacher, Sahajananda, who introduced him to the non-dual traditions of Advaita Vedanta and Kashmiri Shaivism. Following his example, Burkhard recently concluded a 49-day solitary meditation retreat in the jungle of Thailand.
Burkhard is a Yoga Alliance certified and registered Yoga Teacher (IYF and RYS-500). In 2008 he completed a 500-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand. Three years later he co-organized and participated in the 500-hour Hridaya Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training.
Since 2008, Burkhard is sharing his experience in a variety of contexts, including teacher training courses, meditation retreats, Hatha Yoga classes, workshops, and private life-coaching sessions. He has been teaching in various locations across Asia, Europe and North America. Together with his life partner Kirsten he founded the Akasha Yoga Academy.
I am fascinated by the highly refined complexity of yoga and meditation – and its simultaneous simplicity. My practice is a space to purify the different levels of being, and to cultivate present moment awareness.
Kirsten holds a German Diploma in Architecture and a Master’s Degree in Art History. Her Yoga endeavors started in the early 2000s in India, where she was introduced to Hatha Yoga in a Shivananda Ashram. Following her perseverant passion for Yoga, she went through a comprehensive three-year full-time education in classical Hatha and Kundalini Yoga with Swami Vivekananda Saraswati in Thailand.
Kirsten later studied Kundalini Yoga with Reinhard Gammenthaler, a disciple of the legendary Dhirendra Brahmachari. In Mysore, India, she studied Ashtanga Vinyasa with Sri Sheshadri, as well as Pranayama under the guidance of B.N.S. Iyengar (who is one of the last disciples of Krishnamacharya, the founder of modern Yoga).
Kirsten’s meditation practice is based on Ramana Maharshi’s non-dualistic teachings, and Sahajananda’s Hridaya – Yoga of the Spiritual Heart. She has participated in more than a dozen Spiritual Heart Meditation Retreats, and lately completed her first 49-day solitary meditation retreat. Currently she studies Ayurveda with Dr.C.K. Shashirekha in Mysore, India.
Since 2008, she has been teaching yoga full-hearted and year-round in Asia. She has been developing educational programs, leading meditation retreats, presenting teacher trainings, and guiding Hatha Yoga and Kundalini classes. She was managing and coaching a group of Yoga teachers in Thailand, and was leading the Hridaya Yoga and meditation school in Mexico. In 2011, she founded the Akasha Yoga Academy together with her partner Burkhard.