Swami PragyamurtiSWAMI PRAGYAMURTI SARASWATI has been Director of the Satyananda Yoga Centre (London) for over forty years. Her interest in the spiritual path began in the sixties when she came into contact with the teachings of the Bihar School of Yoga and its founder, Swami Satyananda Saraswati. On Swamiji’s instructions she started teaching yoga in 1971 at her house in south London, which we now know as the Satyananda Yoga Centre.

Over the last twenty years Swami Pragyamurti’s main areas of work have included the establishment and teaching of a two year Yoga Teacher Training Course, working with people living with HIV/AIDS, and teaching yoga in prison where she feels strongly about the importance and relevance of yoga and meditation to the inmates.

Her warmth and wisdom demonstrate how the Indian tradition of Sannyasa can be integrated successfully with life in a busy Western city.

Sannyasi AmritanandaSANNYASI AMRITANANDA started practising Yoga in Rome in 1983 and shortly after moved to London. There she found Satyananda Yoga and felt that she didn’t need to look any further. She took part in the first Teacher Training Course conducted by Swami Pragyamurti and started teaching in 1989.

She has been to Rikkia to meet Swami Satyananda and has received Diksha from Swami Niranjan.

Over the years Amritananda has been teaching general yoga classes ranging from beginners to intermediate / advance level in Sport and Leasure Centres, Adult Education and private organisations. She has conducted Yoga classes for people living with HIV, chair-based Yoga for the elderly, and Yoga during pregnancy. She has led Yoga workshops in Rome & London and is a certified Assessor for qualifying Satyananda Yoga Teachers.

E. amezzera@talktalk.net

Sannyasi BrahmanandaSANNYASI BRAHMANANDA was initiated into karma sannyasa by Parmahamsa Satyananda in 1988, in Munger, India. In the years since that day he has returned to the ashrams in Munger and Rikhia many times, to deepen his studies and experience, attend programmes and immerse himself in karma yoga and seva. He spent many years as director and course coordinator of the Satyananda Yoga Academy Europe.

He resides in London where he has been teaching for 12 years, offering general and private classes in many different environments: adult education, children and adults with special needs, autistic children, mental health, as well as running day programmes and courses in a variety of topics such as, meditation, yoga psychology and yantra drawing for those who wish to take their experience of yoga deeper. His guru’s teachings continue to inspire him to ensure yoga and its valuable tools are made accessible to all.

E. brahmananda108@gmail.com

KatyayaniKATYAYANI has been practising Satyananda Yoga since 1998. In 2001 she joined the 4-month certificate course in the ashram, which inspired her to become a Satyananda Yoga teacher.  She completed her training with Swami Vedantananda in 2003. Keen to integrate her Art teaching and yoga she completed the BWY Yoga for Children module with Swami Vedantananda and she currently runs Yoga and Art workshops in a primary school.

She also took the BWY Pregnancy Module with Wendy Teasdale 2007-8. She has delivered classes in various settings to a wide range of people. School Teachers, general group classes at the Satyananda Centre and private spaces, 1:1, workshops in primary and secondary schools, special needs and mental health, pregnancy group classes at the Life Centre, teens class and children’s classes.

E. katyayaniyoga@gmail.com

LilamurtiLILAMURTI has been practising Satyananda Yoga since 1995, teaching yoga since 2000 and teaching gentle yoga and kids yoga classes at the centre since then.  She trained with Swami Vedantananda and also completed the BWY Yoga for Children module with her.

E. lilamurti108@gmail.com

MAHESH discovered Satyananda Yoga in 2007 when he participated in the Yogic Studies training course with the Satyananda Yoga Academy Europe, having practised hatha yoga in various systems in UK and Slovakia for two years. After completing the 3-year course with a teacher accreditation, he settled to live and work in London.

In 2011 he then left to live and learn in the ashram of the Bihar School of Yoga at Ganga Darshan, Munger, India, for three years under the direct guidance of his guru, Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati. Since his return in early 2015, he has been teaching yoga in London and in Europe, mainly specialising in nada yoga and meditation seminars.

E. mahesh.yoga@protonmail.com

swami nirmal satyananda yoga syc london headshotSWAMI NIRMAL has taught yoga continuously since 1985.  She had been trained as a teacher by Swami Pragyamurti.  She had spent a year in Bihar School of Yoga  practising under the direct guidance of her guru, Swami Satyananda Saraswati.

Over the years Swami Nirmal has given many seminars and days of yoga focusing on subjects such as Chakras, Mudras, Prana and Pranayama and Mantra and Yoga of Sound. She has also conducted three 6 month courses for teachers training them how to correctly guide the practice of Yoga Nidra.

E. nirmalyoga@hotmail.com

YagnamurtiYAGNAMURTI is originally from Uruguay. He started practising yoga in 1986 at the Satyananda Yoga centre in Montevideo. He has been a regular student at the London centre since 1992 and in 1995 he completed a two-year teacher training course with Swami Pragyamurti.

In Uruguay he ran regular classes at the Satyananda centre, led pranayama and meditation tuition for the teacher training courses, as well as in-service training workshops and retreats for instructors.

His main interest as a teacher is to encourage students to incorporate yoga in their day-to-day lives and to develop a sound practice based on awareness and understanding.

E. yagnamurti@gmail.com