Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Swami Satyananda Saraswati was born in 1923 in Almora in northern India at the foot of the Himalayas. In search of a master, he met Swami Sivananda in 1943 in Rishikesh and lived with him until 1955.

He left the ashram of Swami Sivananda with the mission to spread yoga „from door to door and shore to shore“ and spent the next few years as a wandering mendicant in India. On the basis of his mandate, he founded the International Yoga Fellowship Movement in 1956.

His mission became more concrete when he settled in Munger (Bihar, India) in 1963. Here he founded the Bihar School of Yoga, started travelling ceaselessly through all continents to spread integral yoga and authored more than 80 books on the topics of yoga and tantra.

In 1984, he founded Sivananda Math, a charitable institution, to help the underprivileged in rural India. He also created the Yoga Research Foundation, a research institution with the aim to prove scientifically the effectiveness of yoga techniques.

In 1988, he handed over all the institutions he founded and went into seclusion. From then on he lived as a Paramahamsa Sannyasin in Rikhia (Jharkhand, India) and devoted himself to an intense sadhana (spiritual practices and asceticism).

On 5th December 2009, he left his mortal body consciously and achieved Maha Samadhi.