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Swami Govindananda Saraswati
“The only basis of true and lasting unity of all humanity is the religion of the heart. Religion of the heart is the religion of love”
Swami Sivananda Saraswati.
With more than 23 years experience teaching yoga and vedanta philosophy, graduating a few thousands of fledgling yoga teachers, Swami Govindananda Saraswati is a gifted and charismatic teacher. Much loved by his students for his unique style and humour, Swami Govindananda is a rare jewel of integrity and truth, with hundreds of disciples throughout the world.
A direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, Swami Govindananda started his ashram life in Sivananda Ashram Neyyar Dam, Kerala in 1987. Combined with his yoga teaching qualifications from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre organization (, Swami Govindananda has graduated in Physics and a Bachelors degree in Education, giving him a unique ability to dispense complicated philosophical teachings to be easily understood by people from all cultures, of all ages, all over the world. Swamiji spent 23 years teaching yoga in the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres throughout the world.
From two-week yoga vacation courses, to month-long advanced teacher training courses, intensive sadhana courses and children’s Yoga Camps, Swamiji has empathetically engaged thousands of students, through a variety of material to help them bring Yoga into their day-to-day lives and share some of the joy with which he beholds the world. Teaching such subjects as: Raja Yoga, Yoga Asanas, Vedanta Philosophy, Baghavad Gita, Sanskrit, Hatha Yoga, Classic Hindu Scriptures, Yogic Diet, Kriyas, Meditation, Advanced Pranayama, Hatha Yoga teaching skills and Advanced Yoga teaching skills.

During his association with the ISYVC organization Swamiji has travelled many times abroad visiting Canada, USA, UK, Germany, Austria and Bahamas. After establishing the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Meenakshi Ashram in Madurai for the Sivananda organisation, he left it in Apr 2010 to continue spreading the messages of his Gurus, Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda, before he begins building the ashram - Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham in South India.

Swami Govindananda will be follows and shares the teachings of his Guru Sri Swami Vishnudevananda Saraswati - the five basic principles of Yoga:
• proper exercise
• proper breathing
• proper relaxation
• proper diet
• positive thinking (vedanta philosophy) and meditation.
Once the location of the ashram - Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham (SYVP) is established Swami Govindananda will be spending his time there conducting the ashram activities. He will also travel to different parts of the world , meeting spiritual aspirants to share his Gurus’ messages with many more people. If anybody is interested in having him speak, lecture or teach at his/her organisation, yoga school, university or school, please email him to make arrangements.

Swamiji can be contacted directly by email: or by mobile # ( 91 ) - 8547879642
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Swami Tatwarupananda Saraswati
Swami Tattwarupananda
Swami Tattvarupananada Saraswati was born & raised in Kerala’s culture capital, Trichur, India. As a spiritual seeker from an young age, he was fortunate to have met many different masters of repute. At the age of 18 he studied Sanskrit at the Narayana ashrama, Tapaovanam, in Trichur, which later facilitated his Vedantic studies. Keen to live his life as a Yogi, Swamiji set off for the Himalayas in search of a master & underwent rigorous spiritual practices in the company of many Himalayan spiritual masters.

Meeting with Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati, the well known traditional teacher of Vedanta, was the most important event in swamiji’s life, After studying the Prasthanatraya viz. Upanishads, Bhagavat gita and Brahmasutras with Adi Sankaracharya’s Commentary, Swamiji mastered the scriptures & the traditional methodology of teaching from Swami Dayananda Saraswati. Swami Dayananda Saraswati initiated Swami Tattvarupananda Saraswati into the traditional order of the Sanyasa in 2003.

In 2004 Swamiji took the Yoga teacher training course at Sivananda Ashram, Neyyar Dam & the Sadhana Intensive course in Uttar Kashi. Since then Swamiji has taught Bhagavad Gita classes during teacher training courses and Raja Yoga Sutras & Sanskrit during advanced teacher training courses to students in Sivananda ashrams in India.

Swamiji has devoted himself to the cause of under privileged children, founding the JJK Gurukulam orphanage in Trivandrum, Kerala, India. ( ) Here children of dysfunctional or under privileged families are provided with shelter, food & clothing and are given traditional & academic education, giving them the opportunity to grow into responsible human beings.

Swamiji is a master storyteller. He has a simple, humorous and direct way of teaching, which is much acclaimed all over the world. Nobody can miss the truth when it is unfolded traditionally and teachers from traditional lineages are rare.

Swamiji is currently engaged in teaching scriptures at different locations for Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham in India, centres of Haus Yoga Vidya in Germany an for different spiritual groups in France, Denmark, the Czech Republic and in Japan. 

Swamiji can be contacted directly by email:

Swami Nivedanananda

Swami Nivedanananda is born and brought up in Kottayam district in Kerala, India. After formal schooling, at a young age itself Swamiji joined the Sivagiri Sree Narayana Math, Varkala, Kerala and underwent traditional education on Sanskrit, Vedanta, Yoga sutra, Gita, tantric poojas and rituals for 7 years. This led him to take the sannyasa initiation ( a vow of a monk ) from the same ashram at a very young age and served the ashram for many years.
Swamiji took formal training in Yoga at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in India undergoing the Yoga Teacher Training Course as well as the Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Course. During his stay in Sivananda Ashram, Neyyar dam, India Swamiji taught many hatha yoga classes and Veda chanting. Many of Swamiji’s friends and students will fondly remember him as the priest of the same ashram daily following the ritual performance for about 10 years. After leaving the Sivananda Ashrams in 2011, Swamiji now a days is engaged in performing Tantric poojas and havans ( fire rituals ), teaching hatha yoga classes by travelling to different places as well as helping in the administration of Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham.

Swamiji can be contacted directly by email:

Mani Raman

Mani Raman is a dynamic, inspirational teacher of Yoga and meditation who brings his wisdom, high energy and humor to every class he teaches. Growing up in India, where he met and learned from many Yogis, saints and spiritual teachers, Mani developed a strong foundation deeply rooted in the Vedic tradition. He took to the practice of Yoga at the age of 12 and continued with Eastern philosophy and religious studies. After his wandering time in the Himalayas and a short stay at the Divine Life Society, Rishikesh in 1996, Mani devoted himself full-time to Yoga and joined the gurukula of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres at the age of 21. For almost two decades, Mani studied and taught in the tradition of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda, guiding thousands of graduates in many international Teacher Training Courses at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in Kerala/India, and travelling extensively worldwide for courses and workshops, mainly in North America and Asia.

For more than 12 years, he directed the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre in New Delhi, and was the director of the Centres in Tokyo/Japan and Bangkok/Thailand. He is a recognized senior teacher for the international Teacher Training Courses and Advanced Teacher Training Courses. Mani teaches Hatha Yoga (asanas, pranayama, kriyas, bandhas) and meditation, and gives inspiring discourses on Vedanta philosophy and the Bhagavad Gita. Holding a M.Sc. in Western Psychology, and having studied many systems of Eastern philosophy, meditation and Ayurveda, Mani responds to each student's individual condition with profound understanding and insight. Much loved by students from beginners to advanced, he teaches appropriately on any level from gentle to challenging. Mani's unique strength lies in fusing the traditional yogic teachings with practical examples from modern life to allow his students to access the ancient messages with ease and incorporate them into their daily lives. On a regular basis, he conducts yoga and meditation courses, workshops and retreats all over the world.
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Swami Govindananda, Swami Tatwarupananda and Swami Nivedanananda will be assisted by many other internationally trained experts to run the ashram administration as well as to assist in teaching of the many of the courses of the ashram.
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