Deepak Chopra:

“Yogi Amrit Desai is a pioneer in introducing yoga to the west, but more significantly through his unique style, his method of teaching draws upon the original spiritual depth that is missing in the popular practice of hatha yoga.”

G
urudev Yogi Amrit Desai is recognized as one of the greatest emissaries of India’s ancient yogic heritage to the world. He developed a unique holistic practice of Patanjali’s eight limbed yoga, calling it Meditation in Motion. This system recaptures the authentic practice of yoga, which has altered the popular notion of yoga as only a physical discipline.
 
Deepak Chopra said, “Yogi Amrit Desai is a pioneer in introducing yoga to the west, but more significantly through his unique style, his method of teaching draws upon the original spiritual depth that is missing in the popular practice of hatha yoga.”
 
Gurudev came to America in 1960 and began teaching in the U.S.  At this time, yoga was virtually unknown in the United States. In 1966 he established the Yoga Society of Pennsylvania, which quickly grew to one of the largest yoga centers in America. By 1970, more than 2,500 students participated weekly in Gurudev’s teachings of yoga and trainings.

As the popularity of his teachings increased he founded the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA in 1983. This unique facility became world renowned as a holistic health center, offering a wide range of personal and professional trainings. In conjunction with this main Kripalu Center, there are approximately 75 Kripalu-Affiliated Centers throughout the U.S.
 
After Gurudev’s departure from the Kripalu Center in 1994, he resumed teaching in 1996 at the original Kripalu ashram in PA. He refined his teachings into what is now known as The Integrative Amrit Methods, which include Amrit Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Quantum Breath Meditation and Yoga Therapy.
 
In 2001 Gurudev founded the Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, Fl, which is currently an active and thriving Yoga and Ayurveda center that provides in depth trainings and programs to residential staff and participants from around the world.
 
Amrit Yoga is the natural evolution of ancient yogic practices passed down from master to disciple, and refined to be relevant and effective for Western culture today. The practices of Amrit Yoga are based on the ancient secrets of yoga which he received directly from his guru, Swami Shri Kripalvanandji (Kripalu).
 
Gurudev’s teachings are well respected and recognized all over the world. He is repeatedly invited as a keynote speaker at conferences on Yoga, Ayurveda and Health worldwide.

Below are several of his many awards:

-International Grand Master of Yoga, 2014

from HH Jagat Guru Amrta Suryananda Maharaj “Padma Shri”. (The prior two recipients of the award were BKS Iyengar and Dr. Nagendra.)

-Council for Yoga Accreditation International (CYAI), 2012

The council recognized four inaugural Fellows who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement and contribution to the field of yoga.

-Patanjali Award, 2010

for excellence in yogic research and teachings in North America, from AAPNA (Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America)

-Jagadacharya, 1986

conferred by the World Religious Parliament, New Delhi, India, established by Swami Vivekenanda. This title was bestowed on three eminent spiritual teachers who have played a significant role for following in the footsteps of the great masters.

-Yogacharya, 1980

conferred on him by H>H> Swami Shri Kripalvanandji, his guru and founder of Kayavarohan Tirtha Shiva Temple.