Meet Our Inspirers

Satyananda Yoga Tradition

Satyananda Yoga draws inspiration from Adi Shankaracharya, the codifier of the Dashnami Sannyasa Tradition, and from the four spiritual masters who make up the current Satyananda Yoga lineage.

Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati was a spiritual visionary of the 20th Century and an inspiration for the Satyananda tradition. He inspired countless disciples who spread yoga throughout the world, including Paramahamsa Satyananda.

“Study the lives of saints and draw inspiration from them who led a life of truth.”

– Swami Sivananda

Swami Satyananda

Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati is a spiritual guide to tens of thousands and the founder of the Satyananda Yoga® tradition. About his life at Rikhia Swami Satyananda has said, “Of course I have been treading the spiritual path since I was 18. I have spent more than sixty years in sadhana. There is no sadhana that I have not done and there is no scripture that I do not know by heart. Oh, I did so many things but not once did my number come up in the lottery. But after coming to Rikhia, luck smiled on me and I got the winning number. A metamorphosis took place in my life and my destiny and everything became crystal clear. That metamorphosis was spiritual and universal.”


Rikhiapeeth “I received three instructions from my Guru, Swami Sivananda, ‘Serve, Love, and Give’. These precepts became the sadhana to be perfected in my life and took a definite form when I came to Rikhia. To help others grow and become better in all respects, external and internal, social and personal, is my sankalpa. The Rikhia ashram will now be known as Rikhiapeeth. Peeth means ‘seat’ and apt term for Rikhia as the instructions given to me by Swami Sivananda have culminated and fructified here. Rikhia; is an ashram in the original sense of the word. Swami Satyasangananda is the first Peethadhishwari or acharya of Rikhiapeeth and has been given the sankalpa that the three cardinal teachings of Swami Sivananda will be practiced and lived here. This is the future vision of Rikhiapeeth” -Paramahamsa Satyananda

The home of our hearts is found at Rikhiapeeth located in rural India.  The Yoga Academy of North America perfectly captured the brilliant images of Serve, Love, Give with inspiring colorful photos in their gallery.

Swami Satyasangananda

Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati is a yogic master and scholar who embodies compassion with clear reason. On January 1st 2007, she was appointed as the Peethadhishwari of Rikhiapeeth by Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati. Presently she resides at Rikhia, working tirelessly for the material and spiritual upliftment of the local community. Swami Satyasangananda has dedicated herself to fulfilling her guru’s vision of uplifting the neglected, impoverished and downtrodden villagers in the surrounding areas of the ashram.

“The yogic culture, way of life, philosophy and practices must not become extinct or adulterated with the ravages of time or restricted only to a limited sector of people. Rather, the mission must diversify and spread the systems of yoga to all corners of the world to elevate every sphere of life.”

– Swami Satyasangananda

Swami Niranjanananda

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati is a modern master of yoga, whose understanding spans both the scientific Western culture and the mystical wisdom of the East. He is a magnetic source of wisdom on all aspects of yogic philosophy, practice and lifestyle. In 1990, he was initiated in the tradition of Paramahansa and in 1993 he was designated as the successor of Paramahansa Satyananda.

Other Yoga Traditions

Neem Karoli Baba

Neem Karoli Baba, known to most as Maharaj-ji established at least 108 temples, fed millions of people, advised government and corporate leaders, performed what can be called Miracles, influenced current American and Indian society, brought grace into the lives of countless suffering people, and all the while remained out of the “public eye.”

“Love all, serve all, feed all.”

– Maharaji Neem Karoli Baba


Paramahansa Yogananda the hundred years since the birth of Paramahansa Yogananda, this beloved world teacher has come to be recognized as one of the greatest emissaries to the West of India’s ancient wisdom. His life and teachings continue to be a source of light and inspiration to people of all races, cultures and creeds.

Somatic Practices and Therapies

Dr. Ida P. Rolf

Dr. Ida P. Rolf has devoted her life to the investigation of how a whole person can function in the most optimal and economical way which led to the system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education that we now call Rolfing®. In order to pass along her work to others and to make the education process accessible, she developed an expedient series of ten sessions, which came to be known as the Ten Series.

Dr. Rolf continues to be recognized as a pioneer and leader in soft tissue manipulation and movement education.

“This is the gospel of Rolfing:
When the body gets working appropriately,
the force of gravity can flow through.
Then, spontaneously, the body heals itself.”

– Ida P. Rolf

Growing and Permaculture

Masanobu Fukuoka

Masanobu Fukuoka trained as a scientist in Japan and rejected both modern and ancient agriculture systems. Instead, he chose to use use common sense and sustainable practices to create his “The One-Straw Revolution”, a spiritual memoir depicting a innovative system of cultivating wholeness and balance of the natural world. It provides a radical challenge to the global systems of food production and provides the foundation to daily acts of revolution accessible to all people.

Permaculture Founders Bill and David

Bill Mollison and David Holmgren gave us Permaculture as a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labour; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.

“The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter.

– Bill Mollison