Swami Sivananda

Swami Sivananda (1887–1963)

Was one of the great yoga masters of twentieth-century India:

  • Humanitarian work as a respected doctor in Malaysia
  • Intensive study and practice of yoga and meditation in Rishikesh, Himalayas
  • Founded the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh (an ashram that later developed into an international organisation)
  • Published more than 200 books in English on all aspects of yoga

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Swami Vishnudevananda

Swami Vishnudevananda (1927–1993)

Is an internationally recognised authority on yoga and the founder of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres

  • Training and intensive practice as a close disciple of Swami Sivananda
  • Professor for Hatha Yoga at the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy in Rishikesh, Himalayas
  • “Go to the West. People are waiting” – in 1957, Swami Vishnudevananda leaves India on the instruction of his teacher; over 35 years of pioneering work in spreading yoga across the globe begins

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