Swami Vidyananda began practicing Yoga in 1969 and has been teaching Integral Yoga® and training Yoga teachers since 1973. She became a swami (monastic) in 1983. She has taught and trained Yoga and meditation teachers throughout the US and Canada, as well as Australia, Europe, and India.
She presently lives at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, VA, where she teaches all branches of Integral Yoga, including Hatha, Raja, and Jnana Yoga, meditation, and yogic lifestyle. She continues to travel widely, training Yoga teachers and offering workshops on meditation, stress management, Yoga and the emotions, and mid-life meaning.
Before becoming a Yoga teacher, Vidyananda worked as a broadcast news producer and reporter. Since 1983, she has produced and edited dozens of Yoga videos and audio recordings for Integral Yoga including the best-selling Yoga with a Master with Swami Satchidananda. Vidyananda herself is featured in audios and videos, including Yoga for Stress Management, Hatha Yoga for the Emotions, and Deep Relaxation and Guided Imagery for Healing.
Over the years, Vidyananda has taught Yoga for many different populations, from college students to corporate managers, and children with Down syndrome. She has taught Yoga in therapeutic programs such as the Smith Center Cancer Retreats and Yoga for persons with eating disorders. She co-developed the Integral Yoga Stress Management Teacher Training. She trained as a hospital chaplain and is a certified Yoga Therapist. Vidyananda founded the Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA), and currently serves as chairperson for the Integral Yoga Teacher’s Council.
Swami Vidyananda served as director of the Montreal Integral Yoga Institute. For many years she traveled with Sri Swami Satchidananda, serving as his French translator. She taught and translated at the European Yoga Union Conference in Zinal, Switzerland, for ten years.
Vidyananda’s wisdom and heartfelt enthusiasm have made her one of Integral Yoga’s most widely traveled teachers. She has a practical approach to Yoga and spirituality, making it real for everyday life.
See more at swamividyananda.com
Events with Swami Vidyananda, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
July 7, 2020
For Yoga teachers and health professionals In this online training, you will gain the essential skills and confidence to teach Yoga as stress management in a wide variety of environments, including the workplace, healthcare facilities, schools, and Yoga studios. Learn Yoga practices that can help your students recover from past stress, cope with stress as it arises, and develop resilience for the future. You will learn: Yoga Postures adapted for stress relief, including standing and seated chair poses for different levels of physical capacity Breathwork, both adapted and remedial, designed to lower stress quickly Meditation and mindfulness as stress reduction…
September 25, 2020
“Meditation is the key to Everything.”—Sri Swami Satchidananda If you’ve tried meditation or mindfulness, and wondered what to do about the obstacles that arise, then come join us for a refreshing look at uncovering peace of mind. Learn to use strategies such as body scans, breath, and mindful witnessing to calm your active mind. Are you ready to find the right approach to meditation for you, or just need a tune-up? Come learn how to use simple, enjoyable techniques to calm and focus the mind. Peace of mind is deep within all of us, and meditation is the key. Learn…
November 20, 2020
Discover how Yoga can teach you to reclaim your inner power and peace in a rapidly changing world. Learn concrete, simple Yoga tools to build resilience, including gentle asanas (Yoga postures) to reduce anxiety, pranayama (breathing practices) to release stress, and mental techniques to stay balanced and relaxed. It often feels like the world is out of balance and seeing the news can create feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Yoga can help you know when and how to act, and how to conserve your energy to be an effective agent for positive change in the world. This workshop will include:…