Swami Vidyanand is a renowned yoga master from India. He is the founder and spiritual head of SriMa International School of Transformational Yoga® and the Founder and President of Yoga Alliance International® (YAI), World Yoga Federation® and Meditation Alliance International® (MAI) spread over all continents.
Hailing from a long line of renowned Bhakti yogis, Swami Vidyanand was born into the deeply spiritual environment of Datiya (Madhya Pradesh) recognized as being one of the seventeen sacred centers of Tantra in India. His first master was his father himself : Dr. Sri Harihar Goswami who was a very prominent spiritual speaker, he would give satsang about ancient Indian philosophy and sacred texts. Swami Vidyanand was bathed into spirituality from birth, gained awareness of the spiritual world at an early age and was able to speak along with his father and give teachings about the Vedas, the Gita, Ramayana etc. Though he was a good speaker himself, he was feeling incomplete giving teachings about things he had not experienced. This is how his spiritual quest started. The constant questions in his heart were “What is the Divine? How can I experience the Divine?” and though he would study and look for answers from revered masters, he was never satisfied with the answers he was getting, this feeling of incompleteness went on intensifying.