Swami Vishnudevananda (1927-1993) was born in Kerala, South India, and took sannyas under Swami Sivananda at age 21. Master Sivananda nominated him as “Hatha Yoga Professor” at an early age, recognizing his extraordinary talents in this field.
Swami Vishnudevananda stayed with his Master in Rishikesh for 10 years before he was sent to America in 1957 to spread the teachings of Yoga and Vedanta to the masses. He was a pioneer in teaching the Yogic Lifestyle of the five points, and introduced the West to the concept of Yoga Vacations, Yoga Teachers Training courses, and Yoga Children’s camp.
Swamiji’s approach was classical yet practical, adapted to modern needs and lifestyles.
Swamiji is the author of the best selling “Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga”, translated into more than a dozen languages around the world. He also authored “Meditation and Mantras” as well as wrote a commentary to Swami Swatmarama’s “Hatha Yoga Pradipika”.
Swamiji founded the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers with a dozen ashrams and 30-40 centers around the world. In 1969 he also founded the True World Order to train new leaders in inner Peace. Thus Swamiji and the Sivananda organization have trained 45,000 Yoga teachers around the world and continue to reach out to millions.
Swamiji was also a world renowned Peace missionary, famous for his dangerous peace missions and flights around the world to where actual conflicts were taking place, such as the Suez Canal, Belfast, Pakistan, Berlin Wall etc.
Swamiji tirelessly brought to mankind the message of “Unity in Diversity” and “Health is wealth, peace of mind is happiness, and Yoga shows the way.” He attained Mahasamadhi in 1993 in India.
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