Our founder and guru, Swami Vishnudevananda passed on a legacy that continues to guide our mission to bring peace to the world through yoga and Vedanta. Come celebrate the life and teachings of this great master as we honor him on November 9, 1993. In Yogic tradition, when a great saint or sage attains Mahasamadhi, the great and final samadhi — the state of leaving one’s body — it is a time for celebration and thanksgiving. Join us for this three-day celebration with puja, prayer, and satsang as we come together to honor Swami Vishnudevananda, his legacy, and his mission.
Swami Swaroopananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda. A practicing yogi from a very young age, Swami Swaroopananda has dedicated his life to the practice and teaching of yoga. He taught in Yoga Teacher Training Courses around the world and is currently teaching advanced yoga philosophy courses and lectures internationally. He is Director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat and acharya (spiritual director) for the Sivananda centers and ashrams in the Bahamas and the Middle East. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres.
Krishnan Namboodiri is a Tantric priest from South India, trained in the classical tradition of mantras (sacred sounds), pujas (prayer ceremonies), homas (fire rituals), and yantras (sacred geometric designs). He performs many daily and special rituals for the ashram.
Swami Hridyananda, a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, is senior staff of the Yoga Retreat and has spent over 30 years teaching yoga and Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Courses, and supporting individuals on this transformative journey.
Swami Brahmananda is Manager of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat and senior staff of the Sivananda organization. A long-time practitioner of yoga, he regularly teaches yoga philosophy and meditation for the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Courses as well as meditation immersion courses. He is a much-loved, inspiring, and knowledgeable teacher.
Swami Paramananda is the manager of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch and longtime teacher of Sivananda Yoga Teacher Trainings in the Bahamas, New York, and India. A much-loved teacher admired for his humor, warmth, and devotion to the practice, he seamlessly weaves classical yoga teachings into modern daily life.
Rukmini Chaitanya is a senior staff member of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas. She is also the personal assistant to Swami Swaroopananda, the Acharya, or spiritual director of the Ashram. She is a knowledgeable and experienced teacher and practitioner of yoga and Vedanta. She teaches courses online and at the ashram on a variety of topics including yoga, meditation, positive thinking, and scriptures of yoga and Vedanta. She regularly teaches the Bhagavad Gita during the Sivananda Yoga Teacher training as well as other advanced courses on the Bhagavad Gita, scriptures and yoga philosophy.
Rukmini Chaitanya is known for her enthusiastic and inspiring teaching style as well as for her devotion to the lineage and the scriptures. She is also known for her dedication to each of her students and her desire to share knowledge with them. She brings a great deal of clarity to every topic and is highly appreciated for her capacity to unfold complicated topics and present them in a coherent and pure way.
At the ashram, she is in charge of programming, marketing and fundraising and assists Swami Swaroopananda with his administrative responsibilities both locally and internationally.