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Dirah Academy International has teachers all over the world who guide students through the course material. Each teacher has his or her own region. Teachers offer the course in the language of the country they operate in.

When you click on the picture of a teacher you will go to his/her website.    

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Roeland de Looff, coordinator, teacher for the Netherlands and everything not covered by other teachers. He is the author of the Dirah course material. He has a university degree in Sociology and Urban Planning. He is Jyotish Visharada, CVA and Jyotish Kovid, CVA.


Alexander Kolesnikov is the teacher for the Russian language area. He is a student of astrology since the 1980s, and a teacher of astrology since the early 1990s. He is an author of several books on astrology and numerology, of numerous articles and of a few mobile apps, the best known of them is iLuna. He is also the creator of the website, which offers a number of popular interactive features as well as many articles about different aspects of astrology.

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Gudrun Schellenbeck and Nicholas Lewis, teachers for the German speaking countries. They have founded the German Association for Vedic Astrology (DGVA). They have written books and have an astrological and ayurvedic practise.  

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Steve Hubball the teacher for UK and Eire.  

He runs an astrological practice and is also a qualified and experienced Counsellor and professional Life Coach. He is a qualified yoga teacher and has practiced yoga and meditation for over 20 years.  He holds an MSc in Applied Statistics and a PhD in Genetics. He is Jyotish Visharada, CVA and Jyotish Kovid, CVA.

His website is



Elisa Chinelli is the teacher for Italy. She graduated in social sciences and then continued her studies in psychology. She currently works in human resources in the fashion retail field.

She been studying astrology for about ten years. She is a certified astrologer and deals with counselling and teaching in this sense, trying to integrate other forms of symbolic language and psychology to her astrological practice.

She started with the western/modern astrology but currently she is more interested in the most traditional forms of astrology (vedic, classical/hellenistic). She is doing research in this regard.

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Merih Akalyn is the teacher for the Turkish language area. She is a theatre and cinema actress. She has practised Transcendental Meditation and Sidhi techniques since 1984. She is a member of the board of Astrological Association (ASTROBIL) in Turkey. She has a university degree for Prehistory and Classic Archeology. 

Dr. Gary Gomes, BA, MBA, Ed.D., served as President and Vice-President of the Council of Vedic Astrology.  He is the teacher for USA North East. 

He teaches at Kepler College, American College of Vedic Astrology, Dirah Academy, and Northeast Institute of Vedic Astrology and Studies.

He has a YouTube Channel devoted to Vedic Astrology and is on the board of directors of Kepler College.

Recipient of several awards from India, Swami of the Kriya Yoga Lineage, Shaivite Hindu, Reiki Master. and professional astrologer since 1991.

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