About The Teacher

Sadguru Kedarji

Shaktipat Guru - Yoga Master - Holistic Wellness Visionary

Sadguru Kedarji is the Founder of The Bhakta School of Transformation, an Ohio-based not-for-profit public charity devoted to lasting Inner Peace and Total Well-Being. Kedarji is the architect of the school’s primary curriculum, Nityananda Shaktipat Yoga. He is also the owner and founder of Soma Essential Healing & Wellness. This is an Ohio-based company offering holistic wellness coaching and holistic healing practitioner certification. Evidence-based research in holistic wellness alternatives is also offered. In this regard, most notably is Kedarji's work in coaching people in the reversal and cure of diabetes and obesity.

He has also created a proven centering and healing process known as The Maharudra Awakening that, when performed as instructed for just 15 minutes each day, increases spiritual power while invigorating the mind, stabilizing the emotions and enhancing the body's natural ability to heal. Live Long, Live Strong and Enjoy Your Existence Here By Applying Sadguru Kedarji’s 4 Pillars of Total Well-Being with Spiritual Power as the foundation.

What Is Yoga?

The meaning of Yoga is the transformation of limited human awareness into Divine Awareness of the Ultimate Reality – the energy substratum of every thing – Divine Conscious Energy or Shakti. The full awareness of this energy substratum is the spark that ignites the loving flame of wellness in all areas of life.

Spiritual Journey

Sadguru Kedarji began his quest to understand and fully imbibe Yoga at an early age. Feeling incomplete, Kedarji began an intense spiritual journey that took him to India and Asia. Soon after, he was initiated into the lineage of Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri (recognized as a great Sage in many spiritual and religious traditions) by Muktananda Paramahamsa, and was taught what is now embodied in his unique approach, Nityananda Shaktipat Yoga. Kedarji’s spiritual journey culminated in eighteen-and-a-half years of service to this great lineage. He shares this journey with us in his spiritual autobiography, Vibration of Divine Consciousness.

His quest to master the sciences of Yoga and Wellness now complete, his seeking ended.

Authentic Spiritual & Wellness Mentor

Just as a teacher or mentor is required in the arts, sciences, athletics and so on in order to become really competent in those fields - So too, in the field of permanent spiritual transformation through Yoga and Wellness, a competent Yoga master and mentor is required. In this regard, a master should be one who has attained the goal that he espouses to others.

Kedarji’s unique approach to the science of Yoga includes Kedarji’s Ecology of Wellness and the integration of his 4 Pillars of Total Well-being. The emphasis is on Spiritual Power, the energy substratum that threads through everything. In this way, Kedarji has become known as a Yoga and Wellness Master in a long lineage of great sages that includes the great sage Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri.

Sadguru Kedarji

Affectionately called Kedarji (it means blessing of  Grace), he is also a Shaktipat Guru and master of true meditation with more than 35 years experience instructing meditation, wellness and whole life transformation.

Sadguru Kedarji’s leadership in these areas comes from his direct experience of being established in the state that embodies the fullness of Humanity in the constant Delight, Peace and Joy of the inner Self. Students and devotees have said that he has the power to give the direct experience of what is being taught.

Studies In Preventive Medicine

He studied oriental medicine, iridology and Holistic nutrition with Michio Kushi, founder of the Macrobiotic movement in America. In addition, Kedarji mentored under Michio Kushi. He completed his studies and training in Oriental Medicine, graduating from The Kushi Institute in 1979. He also studied with Aveline Kushi, Dr. Bernard Jensen and Wataru Ohashi of Ohashi Institute and Health who also taught him Hatha Yoga.

Additional Holistic Wellness Mentoring

Additional mentoring occurred under Michael Abehsera, Masaaki Yamaguchi, the founder of Souen health and William Dufty, author of the book Sugar Blues. Kedarji also studied herbology, botanical medicine and Holistic, Vegan cooking with Anne Marie Colbin. Victor Kulvinskas was also a mentor. Each of his mentors were original pioneers in these fields.

Social Responsibility

While living in New York City, Kedarji worked with the NYPD and then Senator Franz Leichter and Congresswoman Ruth Messinger to establish citizen block patrols to clean up crime, drugs and pornography in the mid-town theater district of Manhattan. With then Mayor Benjamin Ward and Boro Commander Ray Kelly, even amongst the criminals themselves, he became widely respected as a community leader for social responsibility.

Today his social responsibility advocacy focuses on putting an increased spotlight on the disease of greed in our society, and the ways in which we can, both individually and collectively, reverse the impact of greed on the overall quality of our lives.  Already, Sadguru Kedarji has inspired his students to take individual action that has begun to reduce this societal greed in their communities.

Come Join Us

You can find out who Sadguru Kedarji is by spending some time in his company. This is also the best way to experience how the power of Grace and Yoga skills mastery that he transmits can impact your life for the better.

Come join us to be with Sadguru Kedarji and our spiritual & wellness community. Doing so, you will experience the profound Yoga and Wellness leadership that awaits you here. You will find Sadguru Kedarji to be an outgoing, warm and accessible Yoga mentor with a great sense of humor. Equally welcoming and skilled is our staff of teachers. We hope to welcome you soon to our programs.

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  • Ben Anthony   December 12, 2018

      Eyes openened to a new path

    I've attended one Shaktipat intensive with Sadguru Kedarji. This time was one that expanded in meaning beyond the physical standard of time. Two days showed me much about the world, people, myself, and everything I see or feel or think. I found knowing in the presence of a Sadguru Kedarji. I feel that experiencing Shaktipat has opened my eyes and offered a solid base for following the spiritual path. Having had the opportunity to be in the Guru's presence is a was a great opportunity for me. It will always be appreciated.

  • Gwen Edenfield   November 29, 2018


    A true spiritual leader; Sadguru Kedarji has transformed my life through the Grace of his Shaktipat Blessing. Prior to crossing paths with Kedarji, I spent over twenty years searching and seeking for answers to questions like; what is my purpose and why am I here? The search always returned the same empty results and posed more questions. The answer was elusive until 2016 when I crossed paths with Sadguru Kedarji. In May of 2016, I had my first Shaktipat Blessing. This experience was “my answer”; for the first time I was joyful, blissful and at peace. There is not words proficient to succinctly describe my inner experience. What I understood was that I wanted more and set my intention to follow this blissful, joyful path. From that point forward, I am inspired within to maintain this state of Grace through humility, reverence and Gratitude.

  • Synthia Fagen   November 28, 2018

      Got Me Disciplined!

    My friends and I were looking for a Shaktipat guru. They're hard to find! I did a lot of searching over many months and though I found a few potential Shaktipat gurus, one even super helpful, I just wasn't connecting with what I was finding. One day I was listening to a Buddha at the Gas Pump interview of someone I trust and admire. In this interview, he was talking about Shaktipat and about how few authentic Shaktipat gurus there are in the world. He then recommended Sadguru Kedarji but gave no more information. I then searched and found his website, did my own research and asked my friends if they'd do the same. We all decided to travel to his center in Ohio for an upcoming 2 1/2 day Shaktipat weekend retreat. We're glad we did! It's in Ohio, so not in Costa Rica or some other exotic location that might be more beautiful nature-wise but frankly, I appreciate that we were able to hop in the car from Chicago for a quick, purpose-filled road trip that accomplished so much, in so little time, without breaking the bank. The package deal of food and accommodations is a great way to go. Again, not a resort but more like a homey B&B. Nothing super fancy but very comfortable (but not so comfortable you don't want to get out of bed for the early morning meditation! :) ) It's a good combination of comfort and austerity because you're there to get your sadhana on not to be engrossed in or preoccupied with the pleasures of the body! The schedule is so packed that worrying about food would not have been a good option for us so I am glad we just did the full thing. What to Expect: You'll meet a guru who is in a long lineage of Shaktipat adepts and who served a lineage for many, many years. Tradition and lineage matter here. The non-dual teachings of Kashmir Shaivism are strongly featured. You'll meet wonderful, kind, compassionate people. You'll receive food conscientiously made with love and care but maybe not what you're used to if you're not a vegan. Lots of beans, tofu, veggies. Had we known, we would have brought our own cream for coffee (which is totally allowed) because it wasn't served. You'll be a participant and not a spectator. In other words, you will be served and be in service to others too...help with dishes, etc. It's all good and the perfect balance for the spirit. Meditation and of course, receiving Shaktipat. Kirtan! Chanting! Shakti. At meal times, if you ask, you'll hear lots of inspiring accounts of other people's experiences with Sadguru Kedarji over the years. I found this helpful but not overwhelming. The continuous admonishment by all is to test things for yourself. No one asked us for a thing or was in any way pushy. Everyone was "normal". No glassy-eyed or cowed cult members. That said, there is great love for Kedarji and this is a Bhakta School. Reverence and humility are not the same as blind adherence (which is not expected or at all encouraged) but reverence to Divine intelligence and humility are exactly what the ego needs to dissolve. Feel any resistance there? Yeah? Lean into that... there's gold in them there hills. I'm not going to detail my actual spiritual experiences that occurred while I was there because should you choose to come, you'll have your own experiences and you don't need mine in your head. I had them, they were beautiful, personal and significant. What I would tell you is that for all 3 of us (myself and my friends), our practice became much more disciplined. It's been 3 1/2 months (at the time of this writing) since I've been back from the retreat and I've logged 128 hours of seated meditation (as well as other daily sadhana) have missed only 2 days of seated meditation (and even those I was still in a meditative state anyway). My results have been astounding. It gave us greater purpose and a boost in our resolve to become Self/God-realized and for me, more clarity in terms of what that really requires (I can't speak for my friends' inner realizations). The 2 1/2 day retreat is wonderful but it's what you do with it afterward that counts. No one is going to doggedly follow up with you after you leave. That's all on you. You can sign up for more information or participation or not. This is your journey. You'll know.

  • Sarah E. Porter   November 27, 2018

      It's about Spiritual Power

    My experience of receiving Shaktipat is literally mind blowing in so many good ways and having had the great good fortune of receiving Shaktipat from two other amazing masters in the same Shaivism lineage prior to meeting Kedarji, I can honestly say Kedarji is truly an authentic Shaktipat giver. I had gotten to the point in my spiritual practice (which had been a ‘pick and choose’ one) where I realized I truly wanted to exist as the Self and not just as my ego. I want to experience the higher Self on a permanent basis. In addition I wanted a spiritual leader that I could meet in person, one who could be accessible and who could help me ‘wrestle down my clever ego’. It took about six years before I would cross paths with Kedarji. When I first met him on his tour to Maui, I knew instantly that I wanted him as my spiritual leader, my Sadguru. Over the next several years he tested me to see if I was serious and committed and he said I should test him to see if I found him to be a true Guru. I found that he was a true Guru. His integrity around money and keeping his word, his utter devotion to his own Guru, his humility and honesty about his own spiritual path were key elements for me. Now eight years later, I am calmer, more joyful and able to master my restless mind quickly. I experience a welling up of love as a state of being more and more. My tendency to be cynical has dissolved into compassion. Kedarji has the uncanny ability to give me a direct experience of that which I need to learn and the patience while I realize the learning. I feel so very blessed.

  • Rekhini Smith   November 19, 2018

      Lost and Found

    My exsistance leading up to crossing paths with Sadguru Kedarji, I guess you could say, was not for the faint of heart. If I could pick a song that depicted my existence (then), it would be Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day. I was lost and always alone. Though, in the depths of darkness, there was this small glimmer if hope. A small flame that kept me going, when all else failed. In early 2016 I crossed paths with Sadguru Kedarji. I received Sadguru Kedarji's Blessing of Grace by attending my first weekend Shaktipat Meditation Retreat. While experiencing Shaktipat, spontaneously I became full of unending Joy and Love. It was so intense that I was brought to tears. I was finally...FINALLY found! I was no longer faint, but experiencing an inner strength that came straight from the heart. Sadguru Kedarji radiates Grace through compassionate and firm Leadership, as only a Spiritually Perfected Master can. The little glimmer, that small flame of hope, has turned into a fire of faith. When I am weak or in dispare, Kedarji shows me through Direct Experience, that I am strong and courageous. When I stumble and fall, Sadguru Kedarji is there offering me Grace to get back up. To keep going. It is Sadguru Kedarji's Grace that has me singing a different tune....Amazing Grace. Oh what Grace indeed! I once, was lost but now I'm found.

  • Ben Tucker   November 19, 2018

      Sadguru Kedarji

    From my following Sadguru Kedarji I now understand what Yoga really is, the transformation of human consciousness into divine consciousness. Previous to finding Sadguru Kedarji, I had looked at other paths and religions, but I had never experienced results. It is one thing to read about what historical figures experienced or to hear about lofty goals or ambitions from teachers on youtube. But, I am certain that what Sadguru Kedarji offers is special. It works. This path that is offered by Sadguru Kedarji was taught to him by his teacher, who was taught directly by his teacher, and so on - this path is a path of science. This is a science that is not separate from God's grace. The most important thing I have learned is to apply the scientific method in this path, testing the statements of the saints and learning the truth through personally experiencing what the saints spoke and wrote about. Sadguru Kedarji really does offer that "secret path" that is claimed in so many places but never seems to materialize. In my personal observation, Sadguru Kedarji makes available an authentic yoga from a lineage of saints who have learned and taught this yoga to others.

  • David Gottlieb   November 19, 2018

      Bliss beyond words!

    How can I express in words the bliss that can only be experienced inwardly? There are many ways to experience transient “bliss”, but permanent spiritual transformation requires an ongoing inner and outer relationship with a true Sadguru who transmits an energy field that that can gradually transform his or her students’ awareness from identification with their individual and illusory egos into the permanent experience of the bliss of the Absolute. I have followed many different spiritual paths, teachings, and teachers in the last 45 years, and in Sadguru Kedarji, I have finally found a true living Sadguru. He transmits the Shakti of a lineage which is one of the few genuine living Shaivite lineages on the planet. It is a rare and precious experience to imbibe the Grace that flows through his Shaktipat transmission, and experiences of bliss, stillness, and witnessing awareness have become part of my daily experience. For the first time in my life, I have hope that under his leadership I can attain Liberation in this lifetime.

  • Amanda Harkness   November 16, 2018

      There aren't enough stars in the sky for this review!

    How do I describe something so indescribable as the Grace and leadership of a Sadguru, a True Guru? I was like a terrified drop of rain, crying out "I'm so scared! I'm falling! I'm so afraid of falling into that ocean - it's so vast and deep and unknown and that scares me!" It's the Sadguru that reminds us that we are not that scared drop of rain - we ARE that vast and endless Ocean - the Ocean of Bliss, Peace, and unending Joy (we just need to stop identifying ourselves as the drop of rain). I had no idea what that meant before meeting Sadguru Kedarji. I had no idea that those feelings were even actually possible - Bliss, Peace and true Happiness... no amount of self-help books, psychic readings, or any other spiritual practice I engaged in previously ever led me to have any of those experiences... but Sadguru Kedarji has not only taught me, but by his Grace, has also given me the direct experience of those states... and also the understandings/realization that those are my natural, free state of being... it is my restless mind and false beliefs and notions that conceals that peace, bliss and happiness from myself. Sadguru Kedarji's expert leadership is helping me to stop reaching for those falsehoods and wrong understandings, allowing me to have more and more experiences of my natural, free state of being - as Bliss, Love and Happiness... words cannot adequately express my gratitude. Stop reaching for fear and identification with the rain drop... as Sadguru Kedarji tells us... "You are so much greater than you think you are!" Spend time in his company and experience it for yourself! Your life will forever be changed!

  • Jamie Dawid Walker   November 15, 2018

      A True Shaktipat Guru!

    I have been a student of Kedarji since 2010. The journey has been incredible. Through Sadguru's teachings and Weekend Shaktipat Blessing Intensives, and week-long retreats, I have had experiences that words can't describe--unfathomable joy, peace, bliss, and an open heart. Worry and fear don't exist when Sadguru Kedarji's teachings are applied. For the first time, I understand what Love is--the Love of the inner Self--that is far greater than anything I could have imagined. Sadguru Kedarji clearly studied for years and years under a Guru, because unlike other teachers I've listened to, he doesn't try to invent his own path or methods. His teachings are not about repeating affirmations or making yourself feel better for a day or 2. He leads his students so that they can experience content, peace, and unconditional love on an ongoing, undisturbed basis. No matter your background, religion, beliefs, or lack of beliefs, THIS is the teacher to listen to and follow!

  • Kambra McConnel   November 13, 2018

      Very grateful for Sadguru Kedarji's offerings!

    I am very grateful for the privilege of crossing paths with Sadguru Kedarji. I have participated in countless programs, courses, and retreats offered under his dignified, respectful and compassionate spiritual leadership. In the past, even when I would focus on self-improvement or increasing my self-awareness, inevitably, I would wonder why I still felt limited, or overwhelmed, or stuck. Eventually, I always slid back in some way. The changes I tried to make were not lasting. Now, I feel that I am experiencing lasting change as a better person. Not just glimpses of change, or a quick fix. Lasting change!

Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

Recenter, Rebalance, Renew..... I cannot provide nurture and wisdom to the people I love without the opportunity to fill up my own cup. Diane

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.