Swami Vishnudevananda (1927–1993) was a lifelong exemplar of the value of classical yogic teachings. The leading mid-20th century teacher of yoga to Western students, he authored The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga and numerous other books, established the first yoga teacher training program in the West, and founded the Sivananda…


Swami Vishnudevananda (1927–1993) was among the greatest teachers and popularizers of yoga the world has ever known. A student of the renowned Swami Sivananda, he studied in India and went on to a celebrated career in the West, where he founded the first of many International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres…


As one of the most successful popularizers of classical yoga, Swami Vishnudevananda (1927–1993) exemplified the value of study, meditation, dedication, and peacefulness. After studying with the great Swami Sivananda in India, he traveled at his Master’s behest to the West, where he taught classes and trained yoga teachers, wrote The…


On this earth from 1927 to 1993, Swami Vishnudevananda helped popularize yoga in the West by teaching large congregations and establishing many training centers. Also an advocate for world peace, Swami Vishnudevananda began his Round-the-World Peace Mission alongside co-pilot Bren Jacobson in August 1971.

In 1970 the Swami bought a…


Born in Kerala, India, in 1927, Swami Vishnudevananda attended the Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesḥ, India, and later became the first professor of haṭha yoga at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy. …


Swami Vishnudevananda

A master of Raja and Hatha yoga, Swami Vishnudevananda dedicated much of his life to teaching the practice of yoga to people around the world. Known for his contemporary teaching style, he instructed both Western and Indian students as the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy’s first Hatha yoga professor. …

Swami Vishnudevananda

A master of Raja and Hatha yoga, Swami Vishnudevananda dedicated much of his life to teaching the practice of yoga to people around the world.

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