About The Teacher
Swami Vidyananda began practicing Yoga in 1969. She has been teaching Integral Yoga® and training Yoga teachers since 1973. She became a swami (monastic) in 1983. She has taught and trained Yoga 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 specialized workshops on Yoga and the emotions, stress management, 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, audio recordings, and DVDs for Integral Yoga, including the best-selling Yoga with a Master with Swami Satchidananda. Vidyananda herself is featured in the audios and videos: Yoga for Stress Management, Hatha Yoga Class for the Emotions, and the best-selling Deep Relaxation and Guided Visualization for Healing.
Over the years, Vidyananda has taught Yoga for many different populations, from college students to corporate managers, prisoners to pregnant women. She has taught Yoga in therapeutic programs such as the Smith Center Cancer Retreats and Yoga for persons with eating disorders. She trained as a hospital chaplain at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. Vidyananda founded the Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA), directed it for seven years, and served as chairperson for the Integral Yoga Teacher’s Council.
Outside of teaching, 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.
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