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 (previously Sita Chaitanya) is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, and senior staff of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat with over twenty-five years of experience teaching Yoga and Yoga Teachers' Training Courses. She is also an artist, who focuses on sacred art and the practice of sacred art as a pathway to healing and meditation. She directs fasting retreats and has wide experience in supporting individuals on this transformative journey. She is a dynamic teacher who uses her own personal experience and much humor in her teachings.

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.