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Founder

SRI SWAMI VIDYANAND, 
FOUNDER PRESIDENT


Born in a family of Bhakti Yogi's of an unbroken tradition of over 500 years, Swamiji received his initiation into the Spiritual and Yogic practices at an early age and was trained by Swami Satyananda Saraswati (Founder of the Bihar School of Yoga) among other great Masters. He has been privileged to receive formal and informal teachings from many Himalayan Masters as well, including a ling lasting friendship and comradery  with the great Swami Rama. 

Having been approached by several masters to create a body that recognizes Tradtional Yoga and Meditation from India, Asia and other parts of the world, he created Meditation Alliance International® as way for all Traditions to unite under one banner and march forward in the 21st century, bringing to light the spiritual riches of India and Asia to world,  that can offer a way to peace and harmony.

Meditation Alliance International® was founded by Swami Vidyanand, a renowned yoga master, the spiritual head of SriMa International School of Transformational Yoga and Founder President of Yoga Alliance International (YAI), Yoga Alliance India, Yoga Alliance Europe, Yoga Alliance of the Americas, Yoga Alliance of Africa, and the Grand Master Courses (Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, Transformational Yoga, Yoga Therapy.) 

In his role as President of Yoga Alliance International, many yoga masters have approached him asking for a meditation-related alliance, in order to practice and share meditation methods in the authentic way. Swami Vidyanand is also the founder of Transformational Yoga, an innovative yogic system that synthesizes techniques of Hatha, Raja Yoga, Mantra, Ashtanga and Kundalini Yoga to bring about rapid transformation. His signature system is inspired by the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, and was developed when he taught yoga for more than a decade at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi Branch.

His techniques are well recognized in India, evident from the respect he has received from cultural bodies, such as the prestigious Bharat Nirman, an organization that recognizes individual efforts to promote ancient Indian wisdom, systems and practices; from which he has received their highest award, The Bhaskar Award.

I have been entrusted to form YAI (Yoga Alliance International) and have been asked to do the same for meditation, which is how Meditation Alliance International (MAI) was born. With my contacts and connections across the fields of yoga, meditation and spirituality I can support MAI, giving the right guidance for meditation.”   – Swami Vidyanand

Swami Vidyanand devotes his work to The Mother.

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