Inspiring Stories: My Time with the Guru

Join us for a journey into the lives of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda as captured in their biographies and through stories from their direct disciples.


Swami Hridyananda

Swami Hridyananda, a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, is senior staff of the Yoga Retreat and has spent over 25 years teaching yoga and Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Courses, directing fasting retreats, and supporting individuals on this transformative journey. As an artist, Swami Hridyananda focuses on art and practice of the sacred as a pathway to healing and meditation.

Brahmachari Shankar

Brahmachari Shankar is a senior staff member of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat. He spent about three years in India with Swami Chaitanyananda, a senior disciple of Swami Sivananda, and met with some remarkable people in the Himalayas. Well versed in the Scriptures and fluent in Sanskrit, Brahmachari Shankar teaches the Bhagavad Gita classes in the Sivananda Teachers' Training Courses and frequently gives talks on yoga philosophy and practice. He is a gifted teacher and story teller, and his courses are taught with much joy and love.