Who is Yogi Amrit Desai?
Yogi Amrit Desai, popularly known as Gurudev Shri Amrit, is a renowned yoga teacher who pioneered Yoga, especially Hatha Yoga, in the West in the early 1960s. Yogi Amrit has been repeatedly honored as one of the earliest pioneers to play a significant role in bringing Yoga to the West. He was honored with Jagadacharya (World Teacher) in 1980. He traveled extensively and widely gave yoga nidra and meditational lectures in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He is the founder of five Yoga and health centers in the US and an Ayurvedic sciences university co-founder.
Amrit Desai’s early life
Amrit Desai was born on 16th October 1932 in Halol, Gujarat. At age 10, Amrit Desai’s family moved to Halol, where he met his guru Swami Kripalvananda (Bapuji).
In the early 1960s, he started training Yoga teachers, and now more than 10,000 Yoga and Yoga Nidra teachers have been certified and trained in 45 countries around the globe, including many European countries as well as China, Japan, Russia, Australia, Iceland, and Canada. Over the years, he has founded some of North America’s largest non-profit Yoga centers. Through his Yoga initiatives, the Yoga Society of Pennsylvania was founded in 1966, and by 1970 it became the largest of its kind.
Kripalu Yoga lineage
Desai created a form of Hatha Yoga called Kripalu Yoga in honor of his guru. His Meditation in Motion is based on Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga. The system combines the rigorous discipline of Ashtanga yoga and surrender, Kundalini yoga. He is the creator of two Yoga brands, namely ‘Kripalu Yoga and I AM Yoga,’ and is also the founder of five Yoga and health centers in the US. He is the first carrier of the Lord Lakulish and Kripalu Shaktipat Lineage to the West.
Amrit Desai’s I Am Yoga (Yoga Nidra)
The Integrative Amrit Method (I AM) of Yoga Nidra is designed as more than a form of relaxation. It is a meditation technique that relaxes the body and creates a different relationship with stress-producing thoughts and emotions. The Integrative Amrit Method, I AM Yoga includes Amrit Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Quantum Breath Meditation, and Yoga Therapy.
Yogi Amrit’s Kundalini awakening revolves around Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the practice of Ashtanga Yoga. The Integrated Amrit Method (I AM Yoga) is called Meditation in Motion. As a result, the inner dimension of Yoga creates powerful therapeutic and transformative benefits that are missing in the mainstream approach to the practice of Hatha Yoga.
Amrit Yoga Institute, Florida
The center offers professional training in Yoga, yoga nidra, yoga therapy, Quantum Breath meditation, and many health and spirituality-related programs.
- He was honored by the World Religious Parliament founded by Swami Vivekananda with the esteemed title of Jagadacharya (World Teacher) in 1980 in New Delhi.
- Vishwa Yoga Ratna by the Vishwa Unnayan Samsad in 1987.
- Unity in Yoga Plaque in 1993
- Conferred the Doctor of Yoga Science in 1974 by Jagadaguru Shankaracharya Maharaj, Dwarka.
- Kripalu Yoga: Meditation-in-Motion (1985)
- In the Presence of a Master (1992)
- Amrit Yoga: Explore, Expand, Experience (2004)
- Amrit Yoga and the Yoga Sutras (2010)
- Yoga of Relationships (2015)
- Embodying the Power of the Zero Stress Zone (2017)