Swami Sivananda Saraswati (September 8, 1887—July 14, 1963) was a spiritual teacher and modern day Saint who propagated Yoga, Vedanta. and the unity of all religions. His teachings were simple: SERVE, LOVE, GIVE, PURIFY, MEDITATE, REALISE. He is the founder of The Divine Life Society (1936), Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy (1948) and author of over 250 books.
A little known and even less publicized fact is that a majority of the Ashrams worldwide and the various types of Yoga practiced in the world today can trace their origins and spiritual lineages back to Sivananda. Among his prominent disciples are Swami Chidananda and Swami Krisnananda, who served at the Divine Life Society, Rishikesh India, Swami Vishnu-devananda, founder of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres, with Headquarters in Canada, Swami Satchidananda, founder of the Integral Yoga Institutes, U.S.A, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, founder of Satyananda Yoga movement, Swami Chinmayananda, founder of the Chinmaya Mission, Swami Sivananda Radha, founder of Yasodhara Ashram in British Columbia, Canada, and the list goes on.
Sivananda Ashrams have branches all over the world even in the tiniest of nations such as the Bahamas. Locally in the New York area, a majority of the Yoga centers are affiliated directly or though spiritual lineage to Sivananda: The Jivamukti Yoga centers, Bikram Yoga, Dharma and Mittra Yoga to name a few. Furthermore, Kavi Yogiraj Mani Finger, the founder of Ishta Yoga, Lilias Folan of the famed PBS television Yoga show, Lilias! and the famous author and spiritual teacher, Dr. Harry Dickman, all trace their spiritual tree to be rooted in the Divine Life Society of Swami Sivananda.
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