with Sandy Gross
Sat, January 19th Noon to 5pm
with Swami Atmarupa & Sandy Gross
with Deb Smith
Friday, Feb. 15th 5:30 to 7:30pm
with Swami Atmarupa
Sat. March 2nd 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Fine-Tuning Your Practice
A New Blog from Swami Atmarupa
Recordings of Guided Yoga Practices and More!
was born in Tamil Nadu, India in 1887. After serving as a medical doctor in Malayasia, he renounced his practice, went to Rishikesh and was initiated into Dashnami Sannyasa in 1924 by Swami Vishwananda Saraswati. He toured intensively throughout India, inspiring people to practice yoga and lead a divine life.
He founded the Divine Life Society at Rishikesh in 1936, the Sivananda Ayurvedic Pharmacy in 1945, the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy in 1948 and the Sivananda Eye Hospital in 1957. During his lifetime Swami Sivananda guided thousands of disciples and aspirants all over the world and authored over 200 books.
Swami Satyananda Saraswati
was born in 1923. At the age of nineteen he came to live and take sannyasa from Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh. There he served in the Ashram for over 12 years. Upon leaving the ashram, he wandered through India, Afghanistan, Nepal, Burma and Ceylon for the next 8 years, extending his knowledge of spiritual practices. He eventually found his way to Munger, Bihar.
In 1963 he founded the International Yoga Fellowship and the Bihar School of Yoga a year later. He traveled around the world for the next twenty years teaching yoga ‘shore to shore and door to door,’ and authored over 80 books on Yoga, Tantra and Spirituality.
In 1988, he retired from active involvement in yoga teaching and handed active work of his Ashram to his disciple Swami Niranjanananda. He then moved to a small village in Jarkhand, India where he transformed the impoverished local communities, greatly improving their quality of life.
On 5th December 2009, Swami Satyananda entered the exalted state of mahasamadhi. Sitting upright in lotus pose, he consciously departed from the physical body at the time of his choosing. Thousands of followers and well-wishers travelled to Rikhiapeeth during the following weeks to pay homage to this great spiritual master. His teachings and example continue to inspire and encourage people from all continents to live a yogic life.
Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati
was born in 1960 in Rajnandgaon, Madhya Pradesh, India. Swami Niranjanananda is considered by his followers to be a yogi from birth. He began his training at Bihar School of Yoga in India at the age of four. In 1971, at the age of ten, he toured extensively in Europe, America and Australia. This experience gave him a deep understanding of Western thinking and society.
In 1983, he returned to India and was appointed the Head of Bihar School of Yoga. For the next eleven years, he spearheaded the research and development activities at Ganga Darshan, Sivananda Math and Yoga Research Foundation. In 1990, he was initiated into the tradition of Paramahamsa and in 1993 he was chosen as the successor of Paramahamsa Satyananda. In 1994, he established Bihar Yoga Bharati as the center for higher studies in the field of Yoga. In 1995, he founded the Bal Yoga Mitra Mandal movement to introduce yoga into the lives of children.
Swami Niranjan has travelled the world for the past forty years, teaching and inspiring people from all walks of life. He has also authored over twenty books on yoga, tantra and the Upanishads. Now retired from ashram administration as well as national and international travel, he has entered a new phase of service and sadhana. The directorship of Bihar School of Yoga and its affiliated activities has been passed on to his successor, Swami Suryaprakash, who has been trained for many years by Swami Niranjan to take on this role.
Swami Niranjanananda is a modern master of yoga, whose understanding spans both the scientific Western culture and the mystical wisdom of the East. He exemplifies the harmony and fortitude of a yogi and inspires all who encounter him.