YAI- Founder President
Swami Vidyanand is a renowned yoga master from India. He is the founder of SriMa International School of Transformational Yoga® and the Founder and President of Yoga Alliance International® (YAI) and Meditation Alliance International® (MAI).
Hailing from a long line of renowned Bhakti yogis, Swami Vidyanand was born into the deeply spiritual environment of Datiya (Madhya Pradesh), recognized as being one of the seventeen sacred centers of Tantra in India.
His first master was his father himself: Dr. Sri Harihar
Goswami who was a very prominent spiritual speaker, he would give satsang about ancient Indian philosophy and sacred texts. Swami Vidyanand was bathed into spirituality from birth, gained awareness of the spiritual world at an early age and was able to speak along with his father and give teachings about the traditional ancient Indian scriptures.
The feeling of incompleteness felt when giving teachings and speeches about things he had not experienced was one of the starting points of his spiritual quest.
What is the Divine? How can I experience the Divine? How can I serve the higher purpose?
These questions have been guiding him all along the path and his aim today clearly remains that of serving the Divine purpose in daily life, through all actions.
Swami Vidyanand developed the Transformational Yoga system and taught Transformational Yoga® courses at the Centre of Behavioral Health at the University of Hong Kong where he also conducted a thorough research about the effects of this method on the health of
Having founded the SriMa International School of Transformational Integral Hatha Yoga in New Delhi and later established its headquarters near Pondicherry in South
India, he is currently working at these locations to spread authentic knowledge about Yoga and Meditation. He is a life-time member of the Sri Aurobindo Educational Society in Sri
Aurobindo Ashram Delhi branch.
Swami Vidyanand’s teachings are well recognized in India, evident from the respect he has received from educational and cultural bodies, such as Annamalai University to which he was the chief guest on the occasion of the International day of Yoga 2017. He received awards from organizations that recognize individual efforts to promote ancient Indian wisdom systems and practices, such as the Bhaskar Award from the prestigious Bharat Nirman.
Swami Vidyanand’s influence goes beyond the borders of India: he was invited to represent India at
the Berlin International Trade Fair and conducts workshops and training programs all over the world.