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Founder Guru: Swami Satyananda Saraswati
The Bihar School of Yoga was founded in 1964 by Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati to impart yogic training to householders and sannyasins alike.
The Yoga techniques developed there are a synthesis of many approaches to personal development, based on traditional vedantic, tantric and yogic teachings in conjunction with contemporary physical and mental health sciences. Today, these techniques are taught by Bihar Yoga Bharati and also by Satyananda Yoga Academies in Australia and Colombia and through the programmes outlined below.
Bihar School of Yoga also guides yoga projects and medical research in association with prestigious hospitals, organisations and establishments. Programs made by Bihar School of Yoga are being used today in the education and prison Government sectors, in hospitals, by the Defence Services, private and public sector industries such as Indian Oil Corporation, Coal India Limited, National Thermal Power Corporation, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, the Steel Authority of India, Hindusthan Paper Corporation, Hindusthan Copper Corporation and many more.
Founder Guru: Acharya Sri Ram Sharma
Shantikunj was founded by the Saint-Scholar-Philosopher excellence, Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya , who in his youth was also a freedom fighter. Shantikunj has emerged over the years as a unique center and fountain-head of a global movement of Yug Nirman Yojna (Movement for the Reconstruction of the Era) for moral-spiritual regeneration in the light of hoary Indian heritage. It is the head-quarter of Yug Nirman Yojna of the All World Gayatri Pariwar, which has a following of more than twenty million devoted disciples and seventy million persons all over the world.
Founder Guru: Swami Rama
The Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust is a society registered under the Society Registration Act 1860. The Society was founded by the great yogi, H.H. Dr. Swami Rama, in the year 1989. Today, the Society (HIHT) is engaged in multifarious activities in the field of research, education, health care, social and outreach.
Founder Guru: Yogacharya T K V Desikachar
From children to pregnant women, from stressed out corporate executives to people in pain, thousands have sought the portals of Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram over the years. No two people have been taught identically. In keeping with Patanjali's philosophy, the KYM has played a significant role in popularizing yoga as a holistic science that stems from a well founded theoretical basis, rather than as mere exercises for physical fitness. The focus of all activities at the KYM is that anyone who wants to can practice yoga, that is specifically suited to his or her needs, and experience its multiple benefits.
Founder Guru: Govt. Organization. Classical Yoga
Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) is an autonomous Institution fully funded by Govt. of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of AYUSH. MDNIY is a focal Institute for Planning, Training, Promotion and Coordination of Yoga Education, Training, Therapy and Research in all its aspects. MDNIY aims to promote deeper understanding of Yoga philosophy and practices based on classical Yoga amongst people. The main Vision and Mission of the Institute is ''Health, Harmony and Happiness for all through Yoga.
Founder Guru: Acharya Tulsi and Acharya Sri Mahaprajnaji
Jain Vishva Bharati Institute is committed to provide highest quality of educational services to the utmost satisfaction of the students and give them an opportunity to cultivate an integrated personality backed by spirituality and moral values. The practice of pragmatic principles such as anekant, non-violence, tolerance and peaceful co-existence are the noble ideals of this Institute.
Founder Guru: Yogacharya Dr.B.K.S.Iyengar
RIMYI is the heart and soul of Iyengar Yoga and is located in Pune, Maharashtra. The institute was established on January 19, 1975 and is dedicated to Smt. Ramamani Iyengar, the wife of Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar. Its directors are Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta S. Iyengar and Prashant S. Iyengar. The students from all over the world come here to receive the essence of yoga and learn the values.
Founder Guru: Swami Kuvalyananda
Kaivalyadhama was started in a bungalow rented by Prabha Shankar Patni, the then Dewan of Bhavnagar, at Lonavla. Swami Kuvalayananda founded Kaivalyadhama in 1924 after being guided and inspired by his Guru’s philosophy that spirituality could uplift society. Above all his many skills, Swami Kuvlayananda was a great visionary who foresaw immense scope for the application of Yoga in all the spheres of life.
Founder Guru: Maharishi Sri Aurobindo
Sri Aurobindo Society was started by the Mother in 1960. She was not only the founder and the Executive President, she remains its guiding force. From a very small beginning, over the years, the Society has grown into an international organization working in diverse fields of life.
Sri Aurobindo Society seeks to bring a dynamic spirituality into material life and all its activities, so that the global problems can find a true solution, and the dreams of humanity, through the ages, can be realized.The Society is a not-for-profit NGO, working throughout the world for individual perfection, social transformation, and human unity in diversity. It invites participation from all who want to work together for a better tomorrow, with no distinction of nationality, religion, caste or gender.
Founder Guru: Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda established Ramakrishna Mission as commanded by his Master, Sri Ramakrishna, for the secular and spiritual amelioration of humankind as a whole, irrespective of caste, creed, colour, nationality, gender or religion. The twofold aim of the Ramakrishna Mission is, in Swami Vivekananda's own Sanskrit slogan, atmano mokshartham jagaddhitaya cha ("For one's own spiritual emancipation and for the welfare of the world"). To achieve this aim at both the individual and the collective level, he established the Ramakrishna Mission, by which he "set in motion machinery which will bring noble ideas to the door of everybody."
Founder Guru: Dr. H.R.Nagendra
Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana or VYASA is a registered charitable institution (1986) working for making Yoga as a socially relevant Science. Based on the teachings of Swami Vivekananda the four streams of Yoga with unity in their diversity, the key essence of Indian culture, applications of Yoga to bring health, harmony, peace the world over are now spread across the globe in nearly 30 countries. The mission of VYASA is to combine the best of the East (Yoga and Spiritual lore) with that of the West (modern scientific research). Taking into the performance of this Institution in conducting Short Term and Long Term Courses on Yoga and its allied subjects (and on affiliating to 4 universities from 1990 to 2001) including the Bangalore University), the UGC named S-VYASA in 2002 as a Deemed to be University under Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956.
Founder Guru: Swami Shivanandaji
With the sacred aim of bringing peace and joy in everyone's life by dissemination of spiritual knowledge and charitable activities, Worshipful Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, a glittering star in the modern spiritual firmament, established The Divine Life Society in 1936. The Divine Life Society carries out its noble mission of world-wide revival of spirituality through publication of books, magazines and pamphlets dealing scientifically with all the aspects of Yoga and Vedanta, universal religion and philosophy, by organizing cultural and spiritual conferences and establishing training centers for the practice of Yoga and Vedanta. The Society also conducts three 2-month courses every year to give seekers the basic knowledge of India's culture and to train them in the practice of Yoga and Vedanta. To inspire the young generation of India in their formative years, the Society organizes Spiritual and Personality Development Camps for the children and youth.
Founder Guru: Yogacharya Sh. Geetananda Giri
ICYER is a founding member of the COUNCIL FOR YOGA ACCREDITATION INTERNATIONAL, a Peer Accreditation Association of Yoga Certification & Degree Granting Institutions Worldwide. Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri, at the age of 88, was one of the most potent and effective forces in the field of Ashtanga yoga worldwide. Trained in modern allopathic medicine, he combined the ancient traditional spiritual sciences with a modern scientific temperament. His hundreds of thousands of students around the world were attracted to his clear, rational, scientific expositions of ancient philosophical and spiritual concepts.
Founder Guru: Swami Yogendraji
The Yoga Institute was founded on 25th December, 1918 by the Founder Shri Yogendraji. It found a permanent base in Santacruz, Mumbai, in 1948. Spread over one acre of land amidst nature, with three buildings dedicated to Yogic activities, this non-profit organization has been running on its own strength for 9 decades now. About 1000 persons visit the Institute every day for training, health benefits and consultations.
Founder Guru: Sri S.N.Goenka
Dhamma Giri, meaing 'Hill of Dhamma' is one of the world's largest Vipassana meditation centres. It is co-located with the Vipassana Research Institute at Igatpuri in Maharastra, approximately three hours drive from Mumbai. The center offered its first course in 1976. Today tens of thousands of students study here every year. The centre's pagoda has over 400 cells for individual meditation
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Founder Guru: Shri Shri Ravi Shankar
Founded in 1981 by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar,The Art of Living is an educational and humanitarian movement engaged in stress-management and service initiatives. The organization operates globally in 152 countries and has touched the lives of over 370 million people.
The programs are guided by Sri Sri's philosophy of peace: "Unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence-free society, we cannot achieve world peace." To help individuals get rid of stress and experience inner peace, The Art of Living offers stress-elimination programs which include breathing techniques, meditation and yoga. These programs have helped millions around the world to overcome stress, depression and violent tendencies.
The Art of Living movement has spread peace across communities through diverse humanitarian projects, including conflict resolution, disaster relief, sustainable rural development, empowerment of women, prisoner rehabilitation, education for all, and environmental sustainability
Founder Guru: Yogrishi Swami Ramdevji Maharaj
“Unique value addition that Patanjali Yogpeeth has provided to Yoga is its democratization. The erstwhile leisure of the classes is now lifestyle of the masses."
PYP(T) is a socio-spiritual organization, which rejuvenated Yoga as a way of life, globally. It is a people's movement spanning 20 years with Yoga as its central theme. Spearheading PYP and Patanjali Yoga Samitis , Yogrishi Swami Ramdev Ji Maharaj & Vaidyaraj Pujya Acharya Balkrishna Ji have integrated 8 limbs of Yoga-Pranayama to propel this holistic programme. PYP has imparted Deeksha (training) to 200 million people across the world. This has been possible through more than 2 Lac mega & small yoga training camps under the guidance of Pujya Swami Ji and 2 Lac trained Yoga teacher during his 2 million KMs of travel.
PYP has established Yoga not only as a medicinal therapy, but as an amalgamation of Yoga, Ayurveda, Swadeshi (indigene) education and a village model of economically self-reliant system (Adarsh Gram). PYP is the first organization to integrate the physical, spiritual, social, economic and global aspects of Yoga. It has not only created awareness and taken Yoga to every drawing room, but has also done extensive scientific sample-based research on yoga & Pranayama.
Pujya Swami ji was honored with an invitation from UN Secretary General in June, 2007, to call on people of the world to eliminate poverty under Stand-Up Programme in New York. He was felicitated by Nassau County - New York, the Senate and General Assembly of New Jersey, and in the house of Commons of British Parliament. He is recently appointed as honorary Brand Ambassador of Yoga & Ayurveda by the Government of Haryana state, India. Pujya Swamiji’s addresses at M.D. Andersan Cancer Center, Texas, USA; Victoria parliament in Australia and The Art Institute, Chicago have inspired many for yoga & Indian culture.
Founder Guru: Sadhguru
Isha Foundation is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization founded by Sadhguru, to create an inclusive culture towards global harmony and progress. Its powerful yoga programs for inner transformation and inspiring projects for society and environment are appreciated worldwide, reflecting in Isha's consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
Founder Guru: Chidanand Muni
Parmarth Niketan is a true spiritual haven, lying on the holy banks of Mother Ganga in the lap of the lush Himalayas. It is the largest ashram in Rishikesh, providing its thousands of pilgrims who come from all corners of the Earth with a clean, pure and sacred atmosphere as well as abundant, beautiful gardens. With over 1,000 rooms, the facilities are a perfect blend of modern amenities and traditional, spiritual simplicity.Parmarth Niketan is located in Swargashram, on the main road, just on the banks of the sacred Ganges River.
Founder Guru: Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade Dharmadhikari
Shanthivana Trust is a trust worthy institution Mathru Shree Smt. Hemavathi V.Heggade and Shri D. Harshendra Kumar are trustees of this institution formed under the Presidentship of Dharmadhikari, Rajarshi Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade. The inspiration of the council of the trust as well as the boundless encouragement of Shri D. Harshendra Kumar have kept up all the activities of this institution going smoothly. Shanthivana Trust is advancing in its activities in three fields Shree Dharmasthala Manjunatheswara Yoga and Nature cure Hospital.