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Atma Vidya

आत्मा विद्या

Light on  Self

Who We Are REALLY! – Self Illumined. 

Already mesmerised by one word, ‘I’ captures the Truth and holds our human secret. Being absolute; the first name of the whole human race, ‘I’ is the PIN code that unlocks the meaning of being human.
The teaching Self-knowledge, ATMA VIDYA आत्मा विद्या once hidden in secrecy, freed from taboo and orthodoxy, uses ‘I’ to explode the human secret and unravel mankind’s mystery.

Yoga Vidya

योग विद्या

Light on Yoga

ISHTA Mala: A Practice for Life

ISHTA Mala sequence is designed to suit everyday life. Fitting every individual’s ability,  ISHTA Mala makes it easy to be your true perfect Self and enjoy your timeless secret for life. To become adept at ISHTA Mala all it takes is a practice a day.  

Kriya Vidya

क्रिय विद्या

Light on Kriya

The Great Siddha Kriya Breath.

Searching for the limit to the human being the Siddha’s of Tamil Nadu found the limitless. Over thousands of years, the Siddha Kriya Method of breathing has systematically turned the human body into its own self-sustaining power plant. Rising beyond the natural to the supernatural, making your body your personal nuclear energy system Siddha Kriya pranayama is a yogi’s next step.

About John

“The sign of a true teacher is when he can share his knowledge in a way that inspires, helps us to understand concepts and ideas through our own deep knowing and experiences, as well as leave us with the desire to want to know more. John is this kind of teacher.” Jodi Boone,  Seattle Washington

At peace we are at our most powerful

John Weddepohl  |  Siddharthan सिद्धार्थन

Describing himself as a vagabond, rogue and rascal John Weddepohl has been blessed with teachers. A native South African born in Johannesburg, John began teaching yoga at nineteen and in 2004 went to India to pursue his thirst for knowledge.

Meeting his visionary master, John was initiated in Atma Vidya  the tradition of  Self-knowledge of the veda/upanishads.

Mandated by his Guru to share the teachings, John has been travelling with the knowledge and sharing ever since.

Be Careful What You Ask For  

Deciding late in his life the little fame and fortune had to offer was not good enough, hoping to catch a rare glimpse of what sages and prophets call truth, John found out that there is only Truth – we just haven’t seen it yet!

Truth being everywhere John discovered, the solution to all our human suffering and trauma, has never been closer than ourselves. Once our true eternal nature as a human being is pointed out, we find perfect peace and happiness, not a destination, is already the nature of who we are: ‘In Self-knowledge I discovered the timeless completeness that is ever reached and ever present as oneself.’

Searching for Self

In 1969 at nineteen, John took to yoga like a fish to water. Urged by ISHTA founders Alan Finger and his late father Mani Finger John became an ISHTA teacher, and opened the ISHTA yoga school for them in downtown Johannesburg. Located on the top floor of the city’s first flea market, the building soon became a hotbed of anti-establishment radicalism and, under South Africa’s apartheid system, was forced to shut down by the authorities. Finding himself out of a job, a talented musician from the age of seven, John found success as a singer-songwriter performing with some of South Africa’s popular bands.

Study with John

Foundations in Atma Vidya

In this dynamic series of lectures, John takes us on a journey of revelation and understanding to the pure Self. 

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Upasana Meditation

A practical meditation method woven so seamlessly into our lives that not even we notice it being there.  

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Siddha Kriya Breathing

Calling all experienced yogis who want to learn Siddha meditation and develop their breathing expertise.

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A brilliant methodology for understanding the nature of Self.


“I don’t believe there is anything I could do on this planet more valuable than gaining this teaching. What an extraordinary blessing and privilege to have the deepest and most ancient revelatory wisdom not only available but given by a living teacher in a timeless lineage of living teachers.”

- Dale Rhodes

Happy Students

That’s the thing with John – he doesn’t just rattle off ancient wisdoms – he engages you in a story that has you hooked from the start – the story of you – and what an amazing story!


I would be surprised if you could find another source of this knowledge presented so clearly and succinctly and from someone who does it with such grace and humility, so unassumingly. 


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