AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A HIMALAYAN MASTER -SHWAASA GURU
Founded in 2012

The Shwaasa Yoga Center has borne’ several yogis and yoginis under its roof. The center is located in the scenic beauty of Karnataka and offers different courses for various groups of people.

Shwaasa - The Source of Life

In the breathtaking and treacherous landscape of the mighty Himalayas, a young monk wandered in search of the ultimate truth. Through intense penance and meditation that put mind over a matter, not only did he uncover the truth but also realized the very purpose of his life!

It all began about four decades ago in a small village named Tanvashi from Karnataka State in Southern India. In a pious and traditional family of farmers, a married couple named, Dundappa and Shivakka, longed for a male successor of their family.

Hence, they sought the blessings of a Mystical Ascetic, Sri MarulaShankara Shivayogi of Gachchina Mutt Monastery. He sanctified them and prophesized that Shivakka will give birth to a male-child who will upkeep every promise he makes and spread wellness in this world. Very soon, Shivakka gave birth to a male-child.

Owing to the ancestral oath of Dundappa’s family, this required the offering of one male-child every generation into the fold of Sanyasa. Shivakka, during her subsequent pregnancy, took a pledge called Garbhadeeksha to make her next-born male-child a Sanyasi.

She was initiated with a Sri Marula Shankara Shiva Yogi’s Mahamantra, which she avidly chanted during the entire course of her pregnancy. Hence, was born Vachananand, the up-keeper of promises and disseminator of wellness in the world.







Even as an innocent child, Vachananand, possessed an amazing aura and displayed signs of a Yogi.

People would simply flock to him out of love. Compassion and generosity came to him naturally as he always found ways to help people in need.

At a tender age of 8 years, Vachananand, as per the ancestral pledge, was handed over to Gachchina Mutt Monastery under the guidance of Sri Marulashankar Shivayogi. Thus, Dundappa and Shivakka emotionally parted ways with their son who would never return home again.

Sri Marulashankar Shivayogi was completely aware of Vachananand’s true potential. Hence, he galvanized Vachananand’s energies by steering him to visit several other Monasteries to learn different Yogic techniques and wisdom. Upon his return, Vachanand received initiation from his Guru and was transformed into Swami Vachananand.

Merely a teenager and already a cauldron of knowledge, he would deliver sermons to large gatherings on matters that are usually dealt with by Masters. He also became proficient at several Kriyas and Yoga asanas. His achievements soon prompted people to declare him as the Head of a Monastery. But, he felt a sense of incompleteness and emptiness, for he yearned to unravel more.

In this state of chaos, two books namely Autobiography of a Yogi and Living with The Himalayan Masters illuminated his path ahead. Despite the resistance of several well-wishers, the barely-16-year-old Swami Vachananand sacrificed his position in the society and wandered-off to uncover the truth behind his life and existence.

 

Without a pre-determined destination, the wandering monk, Swami Vachananand started treading an unknown path. He visited Ujjain, Nasik, Haridwar, and several other places of spiritual importance meeting several masters and sages on this spiritual journey. Destiny took him to Rishikesh, where he studied the Yogic Science and Philosophy systematically under the guidance of Swami Veda Bharathi, who himself was a disciple of Swami Rama. During his stay in the ashram, Swami Vachananand undertook Deeksha from Swami Veda Bharthi and studied Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, and Shiva Yoga.

He also became an expert in Asanas, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra, and Meditation and started teaching the same at the Ashram.
However, he didn’t stop at that, for he was a spiritual seeker

Already a Sadhaka by then, Swami Vachananand journeyed the tiring Himalayan landscape for years and became one with it.Often he used to sit in caves and practice the knowledge of Sri Vidya namely Yantra, Mantra, and Tantra gained from other mystics, monks, and saints.

In the Himalayas, which is identified as the abode of the gods in Hindu Scriptures, Swami Vachananand kept surprising people with his undisputed mastery over the concept of spiritual breath.

At sub-zero temperature, where oxygen is a luxury, the saffron-clad yogi sat in meditation, seeking answers.At this juncture, Swami Vachananand co-incidentally met Mahendra Mishraji, who ignited in him the passion to disseminate the knowledge he had gained through a plethora of sources.

With this sense of accomplishment and awakening, Swami Vachananand headed back to his roots in Southern India. Thus began his expedition of spreading yogic awareness towards improving the quality of people’s lives.

Immediately people began to flock to the young Monk who had mastered Yoga and had gained the wisdom of a Saint. Soon he became the talk of the town and inadvertently gained a large following of people who began benefitting from his teachings of Yoga.
His popularity among the grassroots attracted media attention and soon Swami Vachananand attained the title of Shwaasa Guru. Shwaasa; meaning Breath, and it is breath that invokes life, which is referred to as Prana. Breath is the bridge between the body and the mind, the conscious and the super conscious.

Shwaasa Guru’s message is simple, plain, and modest just like his personality. Spreading the secret behind a happier life and conscious living, even to the most hindered souls, with his ambition to make the world a ‘yogamaya’, Shwaasa Guru is galloping ahead, enabling people by spurring waves of brotherly love of positivity.

World-renowned spiritual masters and noted personalities across the world admired Shwaasa Guru’s accomplishment at such a young age. They also showered their love and blessings and whole-heartedly supported his cause of Vidya-daana or the dissemination of spirtual knowledge, which he had gained from Masters of Tantra and Yoga.

Shwaasa Guru, Swami Vachananand started a Yoga Institute in Bangalore named SHWAASA to personally train people and help them getting rid of their pains caused by stressful lifestyle. Today, SHWAASA has become the second home to yogic meditation and yoga practices and hosts innumerable workshops to improve the quality of lives. Every year, Health and well-being are celebrated with glory on the International Yoga Day.

SHWAASA hasn’t limited itself to regular camps but has also been encouraging the efforts of revered personalities with Yoga Ratna awards – dedicated to the achievers in the field of Yoga, health, and well-being. Yoga Ratna remains to be the highest honor in the field of Yoga across the globe.

Currently, Shwaasa Guru is exploring the globe while creating awareness and teaching the world the benefits of Yoga. He would like to take you along with him on the journey of awareness or a spiritual retreat where he will be sharing with you the mysteries of spiritual being and wellness.

YOGA RATNA AWARD – THE OSCAR OF YOGA

Today we all feel proud of the fact that Yoga originated in India. However, we hardly pay any heed to the fact that the reason why yoga is still accessible to us is because of the relentless efforts of numerous yoga schools, yoga gurus and yoga enthusiasts. They are the ones who have continued spreading the light in a world that’s enveloped with anger, hate, stress, problems and what not. To make sure these wonderful contributions do not go unnoticed, Shwaasa Yoga School has taken the initiative to recognize these contributors by felicitating them with the ‘Yoga Ratna’ award. We are committed to paying tribute and respect to all those, who have given the ancient science a way to reach out to each and every individual on the planet.

Making this highly prestigious award ceremony a part of the ‘International Yoga Day’ celebrations (on 21st June), we conduct the award ceremony on the night of 20th June. There are different nomination categories and the winner of each category is awarded with the Yoga Ratna statuette, a yogi in Garudasana pose along with other prizes.

 

We started this felicitation program when 21st of June was declared the International Yoga Day by the United Nations. So far, numerous eminent personalities have been awarded by Shwaasa for their significant contributions to yoga.

YOGA RATNA AWARDEES 2019

Sri Sivananda Baba Ji
Sivananda Ashram, West Bengal

A 123 years old yogi with exceptional physical and mental agility! He was born in 1896 and has crossed the age of the current Guinness World Record Holder Jiroemon Kimura, the oldest man alive. He has no disease, desires or depression but rather multiple talents like conversing in English without having any formal education ever, can read and write well without his spectacles. The reason behind his unbelievable health is Yoga. Baba Ji believes in eating simple, living humble, and being compassionate. He lives in his ashram at Varanasi, and his favorite hobby is to help people in distress.

He said: “When we see the earth from space, we cannot find any division of the state. Similarly, when we reach the highest platform of spirituality, we cannot find any division of religion.”

Swami Pranavananda Bhramendra Avadhuta

Holy CEO- Christian Fabre Textiles Pvt. Ltd Chennai

A businessman who turned to a monk and the same monk who now runs a business – describes the life of Swami Pranavananda Bhramendra Avadhuta who was once known as Christian Fabre from France.

With a life that aimed to serve the Lord, at the tender age of 13, Faber’s father marked the end of his spiritual pursuit. But then, after years, the drive ignited and he embarked upon the journey of Sadhana. Living a distorted life for years, the final help came in the form of The Gospel of Paramahansa Ramakrishna, and he realized that truth can’t be found in the material world, but inside.

He then immersed deeper into the concept of Dharma, practiced yoga, and meditation that helped him to restore his health and demeanor. He adapted Hinduism in 1986 when he met Guru Shree Sarveshwara Swamigal and became Avadhuta- one who lives in the nude. The guru also advised him to find a spiritual practice in his textile business. Fabre then in 1995 made his transition to a sadhu and set up his ashram near Salem in Tamil Nadu. The journey of this Frenchman turned Sadhu has a lot to it- and he always says that he is destined towards the path, and would have lived the same way when asked if he wants to change anything from the past.

Ekara Devi Nath

Founder Ayur Vital Yoga, Argentina

Yoga and spirituality run in the genes of Ekara Debo Nath who was born as Paola Alejandra Rios in Argentina. An artistic soul, Rios was born and raised in a yogic family, in an environment of high esteem for ancestral knowledge and holistic care for self. Becoming the reason, she met her Master Shree Dev Hansa Nath in her childhood.

Her love for art also played a great role in beading the links towards the holistic journey. She studied architecture and nutrition and also won the championship of International Spirits Yoga Competition in Argentina at the age of 17. There was no turning back for her from the spiritual path of yoga, and while constantly achieving milestones, she reached the grade of Yogacharini at the age of 18.

She dedicated her life to transmit the teachings of Natha Siddha lineage. She constantly travels the world, giving lectures and spreading the teachings of Ayur Yoga, especially in the USA and Europe.

Ekara Devi Nath is recognized as one of the most remarkable women in the history of Latin American yoga.

International Congress Unity in Yoga

International Congress Unity in Yoga, in Aspen USA. She also traveled through the USA making exhibitions and developed Ayur Yoga System as well as founded Ayur Yoga Vital International School with branches in 50 locations across the globe.

She dedicated her life to transmit the teachings of Natha Siddha lineage. She constantly travels the world, giving lectures and spreading the teachings of Ayur Yoga, especially in the USA and Europe.

Ekara Devi Nath is recognized as one of the most remarkable women in the history of Latin American yoga.

BNS Iyengar

Mysore Krishnamacharr Yoga Foundation

BNS Iyengar was introduced to yoga at the tender age of 13. He met an eminent yoga scholar, and under his guidance, he assimilated the teachings of the ancient art within a period of 12 years. At the age of 28, he finally met Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, the Guru of Ashtanga Vinyasa system whose teaching imbibes Patanjali Yoga system and is also known as the father of modern yoga. He also studied directly from Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

Guruji has practiced yoga for 70 years. The 92 years old yogi is a living legend and the oldest living teacher of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. He is a last living disciple of Krishnamacharya – a direct link to the traditional and cultural paradigm of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

A Sanskrit Scholar, Guruji is a teacher in Mysore who has a vast knowledge of ancient scriptures connected with yoga and conveys the authentic traditional views of the ancient art to his students through chanting and amazing stories. Learning under his guidance feels like traveling back in time to learn the secrets of yoga, old school style.

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