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 (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.
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.
Swami Govindananda and Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham are both Yoga Alliance US approved, with Swami Govindananda receiving the highest creditation with the Yoga Alliance US.