Our Yoga Gurus
Our Gurus who inspires and preaches us
Gurus are those rare beings who have realized their oneness
with the Supreme, - the highest transcendental Consciousness.
They have not only realized their true self but also work
selflessly to inspire humanity to seek the divinity within
them. A Guru is able to expedite the progress of his/her disciples
through their close connection to the supreme. They taught
the timeless spiritual truths in a variety of ways, their
teachings reflect the environment and period in which they
live. Masters may have offered their own unique path towards
the highest Truth. However although the outer forms may differ,
the ultimate realization is the same. Swami Sudhir Anand has
been greatly influenced by the great gurus - Swami Sivananda,
Swami Vivekananda, Swami Satyananda & Swami Chidananda,
Swami Ram & Adi Shankaracharya
Yogacharya B.K.S.Iyengar (Guruji) is
a living legend who has taught yoga in unique way to
all his students. He finds the meaning of the yoga sutras
by his practical search and regular practice of yoga.
Thus, he has helped all to experience the wisdom of
the yoga sutras. His style of teaching yoga is called
"Iyengar Yoga" and is now being followed by
certified teachers across the world.
Sri Pattabhi Jois was born on the full moon day of July,
1915, Guru Purnima day in an ancestral village called
Kowshika, near Hassan in Karnataka state. Jois continued
to teach at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore,
now located in the neighbourhood of Gokulam,  with
his only daughter Saraswathi Rangaswamy (b. 1941) and
his grandson Sharath (b. 1971), until May 18, 2009
when he died aged 93 of natural causes. Jois continued
to teach at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore,
now located in the neighbourhood of Gokulam, with his
only daughter Saraswathi Rangaswamy (b. 1941) and his
grandson Sharath (b. 1971), until May 18, 2009 when
he died aged 93 of natural causes.
Swami Sivananda Saraswati
Sivananda Saraswati was born at Pattamadai, Tamil Nadu,
in 1887. After serving as a medical Doctor, he renounced,
came to Rishikesh and was initiated into Dashnami sannyasa
in 1924 by Swami Vishwananda Saraswati.
He toured extensively through out India, inspiring
people to practice Yoga and lead a divine life. He founded
the Divine Life Society at Rishikesh in 1936.
Rama was born at small village called Toli in the Garhwal
Himalayas in 1925. He became the lineage holder of the
Sankhya Yoga tradition of the Himalayan Masters. From
an early age he was raised in the Himalayas by his Master
Madhavanada Saraswati, and, under the guidance of his
Master, traveled from monastery to monastery and studied
with a variety of Himalayan saints and sages, including
his grandmaster who was living in a remote region of Tibet.
He is especially notable as one of the first Yogi, allowed
himself to be studied by Western scientists. In the 1960s,
examined by scientists at the Menninger Clinic who studied
his ability to voluntary control bodily processes (such
as heartbeat, blood pressure, body temperature, etc.),
that are normally considered to be non-voluntary. Later
he founded Himalayan Institute in US and in India.
Adi Shankaracharya was born around 788 AD in Kaladi village
of Kerala. Adi Shankaracharya was the first philosopher
who consolidated Advaita Vedanta, one of the sub-schools
of Vedanta. He believed in the greatness of the holy Vedas
and was a major proponent of the same. Not only did he
infuse a new life into the Vedas, but also advocated against
the Vedic religious practices of ritualistic excesses.
He founded four Shankaracharya Peethas in the four corners
of India, which continue to promote his philosophy and
teachings. Adi Sankaracharya biography reveals that he
was also the founder of Dashanami monastic order and the
Shanmata tradition of worship.
The Four Adi Shankaracharya Peethas
Jnana Peetha, Sringeri (South India)
Peetha in Jagannath Puri (East India)
Peetha, Dwaraka (West India)
• Jyotih Peetha,
Badrikashrama (North India)
Vivekananda was born in Calcutta, in 1863. From his childhood,
he showed inclination towards spirituality and God realization.
While searching for a man who could directly demonstrate
the reality of God, he came to Ramakrishna and became
his disciple. As a guru Ramakrishna taught him Advaita
Vedanta and that all religions are true, and service to
man was the most effective worship of God, in 1897 he
founded the Ramakrishna Math and Mission.
He is considered a key figure in the introduction of Vedanta
and Yoga in Europe and America and is also credited with
raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the
status of a world religion during the end of the 19th
Century. He is best known for his inspiring speech beginning
with "sisters and brothers of America", through
which he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the
World's Religions at Chicago in 1893.
Kuvalayananda was born in 1883, at a time when the national
resurgence was slowly awakening the spirit of Mother India.
In his college days he came under the influence of Sri
Aurobindo. Awaiting on this path to guide him, was the
great Yogi from Bengal, boxmahamsa Madhavdasji, who had
settled at Malsar, near Baroda, on the banks of Narmada.
The insight in Yogic discipline under the guidance of
Madhavdasji, gave Swami Kuvalayananda's career a sharp
turn. He ventured into a new field using entirely a new
approach. He tried to investigate the effects of some
of the Yogic practices on the human body with the help
of some of his students, in the laboratory of Baroda Hospital,
in 1920-21. His subjective experience coupled with the
excellent results of these scientific experiments convinced
him once for all that the age-old system of Yoga, if understood
through the modern scientific experimental approach, would
help greatly in the spiritual and material resurgence
of the human society. This became his life's mission.
He established the kaivalayadhama institute of Yoga in
|wami Chidananda Saraswati
Chidanada Saraswati was born in 1916 in Tamil Nadu. He
took to a life of renunciation in 1936, and joined the
ashram run by Swami Sivananda in Rishikesh, in 1943.
He succeeded as President of the Divine Life Society in
1963, after the mahasamadhi of his predecessor, Swami
Sivananda, who founded the Society.
|Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Satyananda Saraswati was born at Almora, Uttar Pradesh,
in 1923. He was initiated into Dashnami sannyasa by Swami
Sivananda Saraswati in Rishikesh in 1943 later he founded
Bihar School of Yoga in 1963.
He is one of the pioneer in Yoga and its related practices.
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|Sri Sri Ravi Shakar ji
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a spiritual leader and founder
of the Art of Living Foundation (founded 1982), which
aims to relieve individual stress, societal problems and
Shankar says that every emotion has a corresponding rhythm
in the breath and regulating breath could help relieve
personal suffering. After realizing Sudarshan Kriya, Shankar
started sharing it with others through the Art of Living