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Date & Time Details: Live sessions on Wednesdays
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Sacred Gurudev Stories – Online

with Swami Jyotirmayananda, Swami Priyaananda, E-RYT 500, Swami Murugananda, Swami Karunananda, E-RYT 500 and Revs. Bhagavan and Bhavani Metro

December 1 - 22, 2021

Wednesdays: Dec. 8, 15, and 22

Join four longtime students and devotees of the esteemed spiritual teacher Sri Swami Satchidananda, known affectionately as Gurudev, as they share enlightening personal experiences from their decades spent with a spiritual master. You will be captivated by the fun-filled, revelatory, and transformative stories of the beloved teacher who founded Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville and the system of Integral Yoga.

Sri Gurudev first came to the U.S. in the 1960s, bringing the teachings of Yoga to the West and sharing a message of peace, selfless service, and interfaith understanding. Every encounter with the beloved Swami Satchidananda was a precious moment outside of time that lifted students out of their minds’ limits to experience themselves closer to Divine essence. Put another way, whenever Gurudev entered the room, every molecule of that space was changed forever. This was not just the special privilege of a few disciples. That light of wisdom continues to grace us all, now and into the future. Some of the best Gurudev stories are happening right now or are yet to be experienced.


  • December 8: Swami Murugananda
  • December 15:  Swami Jyotima and Swami Priyaananda
  • December 22: Swami Karunananda (recorded session live-streamed)

Live sessions on Wednesdays from 7:30–8:45 pm ET.

You will have access to the video recordings.

In addition, you will have access to the Ashram’s Hatha Yoga classes at 5 pm ET and access to an online social community to connect and communicate with other participants about this course.


Treat yourself to living legends of Integral Yoga who studied at the feet of my Guru and their Guru Swami Satchidananda. — Manorama Rakhmanov

I was delighted that the sessions were recorded and I must say that I have enjoyed every minute of listening to them. Some of the stories I listened to more than once. Thank you for offering us the opportunity to hear beloved stories with Sri Swami Satchidananda. I enjoyed my experience to the nth degree! The stories have always drawn me into learning more about Sri Gurudev. — J.G.

These stories were so great—funny and inspiring and thought-provoking. Since I never met Gurudev, it is wonderful to hear these memories from someone who was with him for so long and who loves to laugh, Thank you! — Past Participant

As I have never been blessed to meet Gurudev in person, these stories gave me personal insights into what it was like to interact and be in his presence. — S.J.


Swami Jyotirmayananda
Swami Jyotirmayananda has served at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville in various capacities since 1983. Under the guidance of Sri Swami Satchidananda, she designed and installed displays in the LOTUS All Faiths Hall and Display Hall, Guru Bhavan, and Sivananda Hall Saints and Sages Galleries. She served as a vice president in Ashram’s administration for 10 years and currently serves as director of LOTUS Center for All Faiths (LCAF), the interfaith action arm of LOTUS. She has participated in many interfaith conferences in the USA and Canada. Under her shortened name “Jyoti Ma,” she authored the children’s book Sparkling Together based on universal…
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Swami Priyaananda, E-RYT 500
Swami Priyaananda is a senior disciple of Swami Satchidananda with thirty years of experience in the practice of Integral Yoga. She served in the Integral Yoga Health Services division and the Distribution Department at Satchidananda Ashram in Connecticut, as well as Executive Secretary and Coordinator of the Living Yoga Training program at the Ashram in Virginia. Currently, she is Vice President of the Office of Spiritual Development and Manager of Satchidananda Archives.
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Swami Murugananda
Swami Murugananda is a senior sannyasi (monastic) and has been a disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda since 1966. He has served in all the Integral Yoga Institutes and Ashrams of California, New York City, Connecticut, and Virginia since 1982. He has served in various capacities as an advanced Yoga teacher, counselor, gardener, farmer, chef, bookstore manager, “Rabbi”, herbalist, and more. At Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville he established the first website registered with the domain name and founded the SASTRI project (Satchidananda Automated Satsang Text Retrieval & Indexing). SASTRI is the master archival database containing all the transcripts of Sri Gurudev’s satsangs…
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Swami Karunananda, E-RYT 500
Swami Karunananda has taught Yoga for 50 years. Today, she specializes in programs that focus on Raja Yoga, meditation, pranayama, and personal transformation. In 1989, she developed the Integral Yoga teacher training program in Raja Yoga and, in 1991, in Meditation, and has conducted training for students since then. She is featured in the interfaith documentary, With One Voice. She compiled the Lotus Prayer Book, consisting of prayers from various faiths, and Enlightening Tales as told by Sri Swami Satchidananda. She contributed to The Breath of Life: Integral Yoga Pranayama. Her book, Awakening: Aspiration to Realization Through Integral Yoga, provides…
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Revs. Bhagavan and Bhavani Metro
Reverends Bhagavan and Bhavani have been devotees of Sri Gurudev Swami Satchidananda since 1974. They moved from their home in Colorado to Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville East, Connecticut in 1979 to be close to Sri Gurudev and the Integral Yoga sangha and to enroll their children in the Vidyalayam school.   In 1980 they moved their family to Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, Virginia where they currently reside. Their construction company, New Age Builders, built most of the structures at Yogaville.   They are surrounded by a large, loving family composed of 5 generations living within a few miles of their home at Yogaville. Their…
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