Yogacharya Ursula Schmidtke lives in Germany and has been practicing Kriya Yoga since 1993. She met Gurudev Paramahamsa Hariharananda in 1995, which was a turning point in her life. Then in 1996 to 1997 she had the fortunate opportunity to stay and serve and meditate with Gurudev in the USA.
She was authorized to teach Kriya Yoga in May 2007. Her training and profession is in the medical field and she has worked as a medical technician.