Sri Swami Vidyanand is a renowned yoga master and the founder of Transformational Yoga , a new yogic system that synthesizes techniques of hatha, white tantra, raja, mantra, astanga and kundalini yoga to bring about rapid transformations in practitioners. His signature system is inspired by the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother and was developed when he taught yoga for more than a decade at the Sri Aurobindo Society, Adchini, Delhi, where he continues to teach. After establishing YOGA ALLIANCE ASIA-PACIFIC, he has established the YOGA ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL and YOGA ALLIANCE INDIA to foster a community of dedicated Yoga practitioners. Swami Vidyanand is also a LIFE MEMBER – SRI AUROBINDO EDUCATION SOCIETY,Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi Branch, Delhi.
Swami Vidyanand mastered yoga in the traditional Indian yogic way, through apprenticeships under enlightened yoga masters in India and anonymous ascetics in the Himalayas. Hailing from a long line of renowned Bhakti yogis, he was born into the deeply spiritual environment of Datiya, an area in Madhya Pradesh, India, recognized as being one of the 17 sacred centres of tantra in India . His first guru was his father, Sri Harihar Goswami, a highly respected devotional yogi and founder of the Yoga Mandir of Datiya. Later on, he studied Kundalini Yoga with Paramhansa Swami Satyanand, the famous founder of the Bihar School of Yoga. He has also enjoyed Satsang with Swami Rama, the late founder of the Himalayan Institute. In the Himalayas, Swami Vidyanand learnt esoteric meditation techniques from Tibetan masters.
Swami Vidyanand’s techniques are well recognized in India, evident from the respect he has received from cultural bodies such as the prestigious Bharat Nirman, an organization that recognizes individual efforts to promote ancient Indian wisdom, systems and practices. Among the awards and titles he has received are the Bhaskar Award, the highest award conferred by Bharat Nirman. He is also the Honorary President of the World Yoga Council of the International Yoga Federation, the world governing body of yoga that provides standards and recognition for yoga professionals internationally. In Hong Kong, Swami Vidyanand taught Transformational Yoga courses at the Centre on Behavioral Health of the University of Hong Kong.
He operates today as an urban master, using the yogic system he has developed to help individuals in big cities rid and heal themselves of stress.
As Organizing Director, YAI, K.M. Chandrashekaran, with his background in Engineering & Management, brings to his work his life-long interest in Yoga and allied matters. He also writes, and sometimes talks on Yoga: you can read some of his essays and listen to him on YAI’s facebook page.
He also runs a blog (http://janachandra.in/) which features his short-stories, essays and poems.