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Atma Vidya

आत्मा विद्या

Light on  Self

Who Are We? The Reality of Being Human: Exploding the Self. 

Already captured, mesmerised by the truth, one word holds and explodes our human secret. The first name of the entire human race, ‘I’ unlocks our human mystery and exposes our true human nature. Self-knowledge ATMA VIDYA आत्मा विद्या (Light on Self – Light on ‘I’) no longer hidden in secret, taboo and orthodoxy, teaches us the truth of who we are & explodes man’s true potential as it has done for countless generations.

Yoga Vidya

योग विद्या

Light on Yoga

    ISHTA Mala: A Practice for Life

ISHTA Mala is a yoga sequence designed to suit everyone’s individual lifestyle and ability and suit any timeframe. The perfect way to keep fit anywhere anytime, all it takes to become an adept yogi is a practice a day. 
Designed to get the body into SIddhasana the final pose of yoga (adepts pose) ISHTA Mala is the preparation for the serious yogi’s next step: Siddha Kriya Pranayama.

Kriya Vidya

क्रिय विद्या

Light on Kriya

The Great Secret – The Siddha Kriya Breath.

Searching for the limit to the human being the Tamil Siddha’s found the limitless. Over thousands of years, the Siddha Kriya Method of breathing has  been used to systematically turn the human body into its own self-sustaining nuclear power plant. Rising beyond the natural to the supernatural, freed of limitation Siddha Kriya pranayama is the Siddha’s secret.

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 H.H. Pujiya Suddhananda Saraswati, John was initiated in Atma Vidya and Brahma Vidya the traditional teaching of Self-knowledge of the veda/upanishads.

Mandated by his Guru to start sharing 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 the sages and prophets call truth, John found out that there is only truth – we just haven’t seen it yet!

Truth being everywhere, has never been closer than ourselves. Once our true eternal nature as a human being is pointed out, we find out perfect peace and happiness is not a destination. Already the nature of ourselves, ‘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 to teach ISHTA Yoga, John opened the ISHTA school 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, forced to shut down by the authorities, John found himself out of a job. A talented musician from the age of seven, John soon 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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