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.

Swami AnasaktiSWAMI ANASAKTI found Satyananda yoga in the early 70s, met her Guru Paramahamsa Satyananda and was initiated in 1984. She spent time in India with her Guru  practising yoga under his direct guidance.

Over the years she has been teaching continuously in London for Adult Education Authorities, Leisure Centres, mental health, drugs rehabilitation, Cancer Care and the Elderly, private classes, and one to one sessions. She also runs day and weekend workshops, courses and IST in the UK and Europe.

E. asteya@hotmail.co.uk

T. 07958 917 537

Swami NirmalSWAMI 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

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, after being fortunate enough to come into contact with Paramahamsa Satyananda at a young age. In the years since that day he has returned to the ashrams in Munger and Rikhia many times, to continue his studies, practice seva and attend programmes. Currently he is a director of the Satyananda Yoga Academy Europe and the course coordinator for the Yogic Studies 1 and 2 courses run in Bulgaria.

He resides in London where he has been teaching for ten years. He teaches general and private classes and over the years has worked in many different environments, offering yoga and meditation to adults, children and adults with special needs, autistic children, clients with mental health problems, as well as running day programmes and courses in a variety of topics 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 those who wish to develop their awareness in this life.

E. brahmananda108@gmail.com

KatyayaniKATYAYANI (Kerry Gallagher) 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 through her frequent visits to the ashram, she met Swami Yoga Bhakti the founder of RYE France – Research on Yoga in Education.

Again inspired she set up RYE UK  2005 along with her Satyananda yoga colleagues Lilamurti and Jyoti Mani. She is one of the directors of RYE UK and co runs The Foundation Module, training school teachers on how to integrate yoga techniques into lessons to improve learning.  She also took the BWY Pregnancy Module with Wendy Teasdale 2007-8. she has delivered classes in various setting 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.

The visits to the ashram continue to inspire her to deliver this holistic and systematic approach to yoga.

E. katyayaniyoga@gmail.com

LilamurtiLILAMURTI (Lynn Parrott) 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.

She soon discovered the connection of RYE (Research on Yoga in Education) and Satyananda Yoga, and was encouraged by Yoga Bhakti (Micheline Flak – the founder of RYE in France) to set up RYE UK in 2005, along with her satyananda yoga colleagues Katyayani and Jyoti Mani.

As RYE UK, she now co-runs the RYE UK Foundation Module with Katyayani – training school teachers on how to integrate yoga techniques into lessons to improve learning.   They have also run the module many times for the Bulgarian Yoga Association and trained their RYE trainers so that they can now run the module in Bulgaria.

E. lynnparrott2@yahoo.co.uk

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