WYC Speaker

Rishi Vasishthananda Saraswati

AcharyaSatyananda Ashram CanadaOntario, Canada

Rishi Vasishthananda Saraswati has been teaching the yoga philosophy and meditation techniques of the Satyananda Yoga system since 1968.

Born in 1934 in Czechoslovakia, he holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Philosophy from the University of Alabama, USA and Emory University, Georgia, USA, as well as a PhD in Computer Science from Queen’s University, Belfast, Ireland. He has been a pioneer in the development and teaching of computer science in Europe and North America.

He and Rishi Arundhati founded the Association for Yoga Education in Schools (YES) in Canada and the USA in 1990. YES is a charitable and educational association aiming to increase the awareness of the positive effects of yogic discipline in the school and at home. Rishi Vasishthananda was the editor of the Yoga Publications Trust book Yoga Education for Children, Volume 2 by Swami Niranjanananda.

With Rishi Arundhati he served as Acharya of Satyananda Yoga centres in Northern Ireland (1969), Austria (1970) and England (1975-84), and since 1984 has lived in Canada where he and Rishi Arundhati are the Acharyas of the Satyananda Ashram Canada in Ancaster, Ontario.