Our Gurus



Swami Vishnudevananda was born in Kerala in 1927. As a young man he became a lieutenant in the Indian army. However his whole life's direction changed as a result of his meeting with Swami Sivananda. At the age of 20 years, he became part of the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh and served as the professor of Hatha Yoga at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy where he trained many Indians as well as westerners in the practice of Hatha Yoga.

At the request of Swami Sivananda, he embarked on a world tour to spread the ideal of Yoga. In 1958, he founded the Sivananda Yoga Center in Montreal and later went on to establish many yoga centers and ashrams around the world.