Vedic Dance in the Style of Kathak

Indian classical dance for increased harmony, bliss and health
Open to all who have learned Transcendental Meditation

Weekend Masterclass

Live Online

22–23 April 2023


Understand the basics and enjoy the practice of Vedic Dance

with Yagyaa Srivastava

Available in English and other languages based on demand

Standard course fee: € 120

(There is a reduced price for lower-income countries, please see the application form.)

Affiliates of the International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation (IMAVF) receive a reduction of 10% on the course fee.



About the Course

In this weekend workshop, Vedic Dance teacher Yagyaa Srivastava will give an introduction to the profound knowledge and practical application of Indian classical dance. 

This course is offered by the Maharishi College of Perfect Health International – Department of  Vedic Dance Therapy.

Your benefits from this course

The practice of Vedic Dance deeply de-stresses the physiology and we can experience greater bliss, harmony, creativity, and energy. It also complements the practice of Transcendental Meditation and TM Sidhi programme, making our experiences deeper. The course teaches simple movements and dance pieces that beginners can learn and practice easily.

Dance is a great way to enliven and energize the various body functions. Indian classical dances are taught in a structured manner with their science based in the Vedic literature which ensures holistic wellness of our physiologies. Vedic Dance is an easy, enjoyable physical activity to practice in your own home that requires no additional equipment. In this new virtual world, where we are spending a lot more time sitting in front of our computer screens and missing out on the much-needed physical exercise, Vedic Dance provides a great overall workout – for both the body and the mind !

The Vedic Dance style that you will learn is called Kathak, which comes from the Northern part of India. The dance is characterized by graceful movements of the hands and body, energetic footwork, and delicate expressions of the face. Spins or pirouettes are also included in this form. 

Although there are many different kinds of movements that make up the dance, movements can be chosen and practiced as per an individual’s physiological requirements.

In this weekend masterclass, you will learn simple movements of the hands, feet, and body that can be done for just 10-15 minutes a day. These movements enliven the physiology and allow you to enjoy the immense health benefits of Vedic Dance that include improved blood circulation, increased strength, stamina, and flexibility.

Requirements to join the Masterclass

Since you will be required to dance, you are advised to select a space where you can move easily and freely in front of your laptop / camera, away from any distractions and preferably from a closed, indoor space.

For maximum effectiveness, it is best to have your video on at all times during the sessions to enable feedback. In case you are not comfortable having the video on, you may choose to join without the video.

Please be dressed in comfortable, loose clothing that will allow free movement of the body.

Technical requirements to join are that you have a desktop, laptop, or mobile device that can access the internet. The live online sessions will be conducted via Zoom video conferencing software. Instructions for using Zoom, and login details for joining the course, will be provided before the course.

You can watch the course live on Zoom or later on see it on our online platform for three months afterwards.

Total Hours
Live online sessions

Course Structure

Weekend masterclass live online, recording available for three months

Course schedule

Day 1: Saturday, 22 April
  • Session 1:  10:30 am to 11:45 am CEST
  • Session 2:  1:00 pm to 2:15 pm CEST
Day 2: Sunday, 23 April
  • Session 3:  10:30 am to 11:45 am CEST
  • Session 4:  1:00 pm to 2:30 pm CEST

What course participants say

It was not only very inspiring to watch her dance, but it was enjoyable and easy to follow her training. Yagya is a beautiful dancer who is passionate about her art form and its profound effects on the body, mind, and spirit. Her enthusiasm is contagious and her approach to teaching is both kind and professional. – J R, USA

“…… felt relaxed and one wanted to just continue. Already after the class I felt very revitalized and happy.” – M, Germany

“I felt as if the different hand gestures and positions were aligning me  physically, mentally, and spiritually with Natural Law.” Dr. M, USA

Course Leader

Yagyaa Srivastava

Yagyaa Srivastava is a kathak dancer from India. A Masters in Business Administration by education and a dancer by calling, she chose her love for dance as a full-time pursuit over a career in advertising where she spent over 7 years of her professional life.

A long-time meditator and Yogic flyer, Yagyaa is a Faculty of Kathak in the Department of Vedic Dance Therapy established by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi under the Maharishi College of Perfect Health International. With her long years of dedicated training in Indian classical dance in New Delhi, India, she integrates her experiences of Transcendental Meditation with her knowledge of Indian classical dance and seeks to share a holistic approach towards wellness and personal growth through the practise of Vedic Dance.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

'It (Indian classical dance) is the most natural and complete technology for enlivening the relationship between transcendental self-referral Being and its expression in the physiology.'
– Maharishi Mahesh Yogi