Fiona Rose: I feel most fortunate, honoured, to have met, studied with, and worked for Swami Vishnu-devananda in his home at the Sivananda Ashram in Val Morin, Quebec in 1990. The time and blessed moments in his uplifting company, his yoga teachings, are cherished and bring me daily inspiration and commitment towards furthering my own practice of yoga, as well as introducing others to it.
a world renowned authority on classical yoga, and one of the many exceptional disciples of Sri Swami Sivananda. Swami Vishnu-devananda came to San Francisco in 1957, on the instruction of Swami Sivananda, to spread the practice of Yoga in the west. After several years of lecturing and demonstrating asanas throughout the United States, he established the international network of Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and Ashrams.
After observing the patterns of living in the West, he synthesized the wisdom of yoga into five basic principles proper relaxation, proper exercise, proper breathing, proper diet, positive thinking and meditation which westerners could incorporate into their lifestyle to provide a foundation for the experience of health and peace. Swami Vishnu-devananda was dedicated to the cause of world peace.