FounderDivya Sunil Yogacharya

Divya Sunil Yogacharya

Divya Sunil Yogacharya came to Delhi from a small village called Kajimabad in Uttar Pradesh. Even as a young child he was always drawn towards social work and spiritual programs. He spent a lot of time with his Great Grand father, Vedh Shri Pyare lal ji. who was a spiritual person and a famous Vedh.

In his later years he was very influenced by Swami Niranjanaanda Saraswati,  who is very famous for his work at the Bihar School of Yoga, in Munger. Divya Sunil Yogacharya is his deciple till date.

Today he comes with more than 15 years experience in the field of Yoga and other natural healing therapies following a Masters in Yoga from JVBI in Ladnun, Rajasthan. He has also carried out research work in Yoga at Swami Vivekananda Yog Anusandhanam Samsthana in Banglore, besides attending numerous discourses at Bihar School of Yoga in Munger to further his knowledge.

Additionally, he has learnt spiritual healing (Reiki) from the Pranam Foundation and the Reiki Healing Foundation and natural therapies from the Gandhi National Academy of Naturopathy, Delhi.

Divya Sunil Yogacharya headed the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh in 2014. He is working with the AYUSH ministry, Government of India, since 2015 to spread the awareness of Yoga to every corner of the country. He has had many disciples from various parts of the world.

Yogacharya ji regularly delivers lectures and holds events at prominent institutions in the country like BHEL, SBI, IIFT, Doordarshan, etc. and has been the key speaker at many events hosted by SPIC- MACAY.

For the last few years he is researching and experimenting on creating a model of sustainable gaushalas (Cow Shed) where every product and by-product of the Indian cow can be made use of. He also runs a non profit Yoga ashram in the Tihar Jail, New Delhi, residential complex and a gaushala inside the jail premises.

My Inspirations

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati
Rajnandgaon 1960

was born in Rajnandgaon (Chhattisgarh) in 1960. Guided by his guru, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, from birth, at the age of four he came to live with him at the Bihar School of Yoga in Munger where he received training in yogic and spiritual sciences through yoga nidra.

Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati
Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati
Pattamadai 1887

Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati was born at Pattamadai, (Tamil Nadu) in 1887. After serving as a medical doctor in Malaya, he renounced his practice to search for his Guru in the foothills of the Himalayas. He settled in the sacred valley of Rishikesh.

Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Almora 1923

Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati was born in 1923 at Almora (Uttaranchal) into a family of farmers. He began to have spiritual experiences at the age of six. Many saints and sadhus blessed him and reassured his parents that he had a very developed awareness.


Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati was born in Rajnandgaon (Chhattisgarh) in 1960. Guided by his guru, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, from birth, at the age of four he came to live with him at the Bihar School of Yoga in Munger where he received training in yogic and spiritual sciences through yoga nidra.

In 1971 he was initiated into Dashnami sannyasa, and thereafter for eleven years he lived overseas, mastering skills in varied areas, acquiring an understanding of different cultures and helping establish Satyananda Yoga ashrams and centres in Europe, Australia, North and South America.

At the behest of his guru, he returned to India in 1983 to guide the activities of Bihar School of Yoga, Sivananda Math and the Yoga Research Foundation at Ganga Darshan. In 1990 he was initiated as a paramahamsa sannyasin and in 1995 anointed spiritual preceptor in succession to Swami Satyananda Saraswati. He established Bihar Yoga Bharati, the first university of yoga, in 1994 and the Yoga Publications Trust in 2000 in Munger. He also initiated a children’s yoga movement, Bal Yoga Mitra Mandal, in 1995. In addition to steering the activities at Munger, he travelled extensively to guide seekers around the world till 2009, when he received the command to embark on a new phase of sannyasa life.

Author of many classic books on yoga, tantra and the upanishads, Swami Niranjan is a magnetic source of wisdom on all aspects of yogic philosophy, practice and lifestyle. He ably combines tradition with modernity as he continues to nurture and spread his guru’s mission from his base at Munger.


Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati was born at Pattamadai, (Tamil Nadu) in 1887. After serving as a medical doctor in Malaya, he renounced his practice to search for his Guru in the foothills of the Himalayas. He settled in the sacred valley of Rishikesh and was initiated into the Dashnami Sannyasa tradition in 1924 by Swami Vishwananda Saraswati.

In subsequent years he wrote hundreds of books and articles on yoga and spirituality to maintain and introduce yogic values in the minds of the general public. His emphasis was on breaking down the barriers which separated the needy from the teachings that could help them, whether this took the form of yoga for health, peace of mind or spiritual aspiration. This ideology continues to guide the work of the Satyananda branch of his lineage.

To this end Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati toured India extensively, inspiring people to practice yoga and lead a divine life. He founded the Divine Life Society at Rishikesh in 1936, the Sivananda Ayurvedic Pharmacy in 1945, the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy in 1948 and the Sivananda Eye Hospital in 1957 and attained Maha Samadhi on 14th July 1963.

As a major spiritual voice of his time, Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati guided thousands of spiritual seekers, disciples and aspirants all over the world.


Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati  was born in 1923 at Almora (Uttaranchal) into a family of farmers. His ancestors were warriors and many of his kith and kin down the line, including his father, served in the army and police force. However, it became evident that Sri Swamiji had a different bent of mind, as he began to have spiritual experiences at the age of six, when his awareness spontaneously left the body and he saw himself lying motionless on the floor.

Many saints and sadhus blessed him and reassured his parents that he had a very developed awareness. This experience of disembodied awareness continued, which led him to many saints of that time such as Anandamayi Ma. Sri Swamiji also met a tantric bhairavi, Sukhman Giri, who gave him shaktipat and directed him to find a guru in order to stabilize his spiritual experiences.

In 1943, at the age of 20, he renounced his home and went in search of a guru. This search ultimately led him to Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati at Rishikesh, who initiated him into the Dashnam Order of Sannyasa on 12th September 1947 on the banks of the Ganges and gave him the name of Swami Satyananda Saraswati.

In those early years at Rishikesh, Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati immersed himself in  guru seva. At that time the ashram was still in its infancy and even the basic amenities such as buildings and toilets were absent. The forests surrounding the small ashram were infested with snakes, scorpions, mosquitoes, monkeys and even tigers. The ashram work too was heavy and hard, requiring Sri Swamiji to toil like a labourer carrying bucket loads ofwater from the Ganga up to the ashram and digging canals from the high mountain streams down to the ashram many kilometres away, in order to store water for constructing the ashram.

Rishikesh was then a small town and all the ashram requirements had to be  brought by foot from far away. In addition there were varied duties, including the daily pooja at Vishwanath Mandir, for which Sri Swamiji would go into the dense forests to collect bael leaves.

If anyone fell sick there was no medical care and no one to attend to them. All the sannyasins had to go out for bhiksha or alms as the ashram did not have a mess or kitchen.

Of that glorious time when he lived and served his guru, Sri Swamiji says that it was a period of total communion and surrender to the guru tattwa, whereby he felt that just to hear, speak of or see Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati was yoga. But most of all through his nishkama seva he gained an enlightened understanding of the secrets of spiritual life and became an authority on yoga, tantra, Vedanta, Samkhya and kundalini yoga. Sri Swami Sivananda said of Swami Satyananda, “Few would exhibit such intense vairagya at such an early age. Swami Satyananda is full of Nachiketa vairagya.”