Sivananda Vidya Peetham

Our Teachers

“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.

Swami Govindananda Saraswati

Swami Govindananda
Saraswati
With 30 years experience teaching Yoga and Vedanta philosophy, graduating a few thousands of fledgling yoga teachers, Swami Govindananda Saraswathi 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 ( www.sivananda.org), 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.

Swamiji served Sivananda Yoga Vedanta organisation in its ashram in Neyyar dam, Kerala from 1987 to 1993. He was instrumental in establishing the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Meenakshi Ashram in Madurai serving there from 1993 till 2010. During his association with the ISYVC organization Swamiji has travelled many times abroad visiting Canada, USA, UK, Germany, Austria and Bahamas. He left the Organisation in Apr 2010 to continue spreading the messages of his Gurus, Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda, and established 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.

Since its beginning in 2010, Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham (SYVP) is guided by Swami Govindananda spending his time there conducting the ashram activities. He also travels 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: govindanandaswami@gmail.com or by mobile # ( 91 ) – 8547879642
Personal blog URL : http://swamigovindananda.wordpress.com

Swami Tatwarupananda Saraswati

Swami Tatwarupananda
Saraswati
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. ( www.jjkgurukulam.org ) 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 a co-founder of Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham. He 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: tattva1008@gmail.com

Swami Nivedanananda

Swami NivedananandaSwami 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 – another co-founder of SYVP - 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: swaminivedanananda@gmail.com

Robert Sankara Moses

Robert Sankara MosesA direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, Robert Sankara Moses has 45 years experience as a teacher of Yoga and Vedanta. Born in South Africa, Robert studied architecture, travelled abroad and met his guru, Sri Swami Vishnudevananda, in 1972. Robert spent the next 22 years with Swamiji, studying and serving in the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers (ISYVC). He directed ISYVC centers and ashrams and taught yoga teacher training and advanced training courses worldwide, including at the ISYVC ashram in Neyyar Dam, Kerala (from 1982 to 1994). In the early 1990s, Swamiji appointed Robert as one of seven original members of the newly formed executive board of ISYVC.

After Swami Vishnudevananda left his body in 1994, Robert left ISYVC to marry and raise a family. Robert continues to teach Yoga and Vedanta, and maintains his daily sadhana based on the teachings of H.H. Sri Swami Sivananda and Sri Swami Vishnudevananda. In 2003 he founded and continues to co-publish Namarupa: Categories of Indian Thought - a magazine about the philosophies and arts of India. Robert leads annual pilgrimages to sacred places of India. www.namarupa.org. He lives in New Hampshire, USA with his wife and three children.

Mani Raman

Mani RamanMani 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, teacher training courses, workshops and retreats all over the world. More details : www.yogavana.in

He can also be reached at : www.maniraman.org and pranamaya@gmail.com

Other Teachers

Swami Govindananda, Swami Tatwarupananda and Swami Nivedanananda 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.