“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.”
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.
from HH Jagat Guru Amrta Suryananda Maharaj “Padma Shri”. (The prior two recipients of the award were BKS Iyengar and Dr. Nagendra.)
The council recognized four inaugural Fellows who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement and contribution to the field of yoga.
for excellence in yogic research and teachings in North America, from AAPNA (Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America)
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.
conferred on him by H>H> Swami Shri Kripalvanandji, his guru and founder of Kayavarohan Tirtha Shiva Temple.