Swami Shrutananda Saraswati
Serving as a Teacher Trainer for Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram, Swami Shrutananda has studied and taught directly with Gurudevi Nirmalananda for over 27 years. As a swami, she is a yoga monk, having taken vows to devote her life to spiritual development and serving others. Her previous work as a research scientist has enlivened her understanding of the science of yoga. She travels throughout the US, Canada, Australia and Europe, offering programs to support local classes and teachers. Shrutananda teaches asana, meditation, yoga therapy, vichara (guided self-inquiry) and the sacred texts. “All of yoga’s teachings are based in Consciousness and all offer the experience of the Self,” says Shrutananda.
"Her incredible depth of knowledge and experience deepens my experience. She is a delight to learn from and has been a wonderful mentor. I especially appreciate when she shares how she learned from her teacher, Gurudevi Nirmalananda. I know that what I learn from Shrutananda comes all the way from Nirmalananda. I have complete trust in her hands. As a yoga teacher and therapist, I would like to impart that to my students and clients.” — Rebecca (Jyoti) Yacobi, CSYT
A sannyasin in the Saraswati order of monks, Shrutananda has dedicated her life to Self-Realization, the knowing of her own Self. She is also dedicated to serving her Guru in sharing the purity of the ancient yoga teachings, passed down from generation to generation for thousands of years. She will continue disseminating them to serve others who wish to become Self-Realized.
Before yoga, Shrutananda experienced physical pain from stress and pushing her body through extreme sports. “I had a hard time finding meaning to my life through what was offered by our culture. Life was flat. Yoga gave my body back to me, and I have a quieter mind. My life has meaning and more. It is ‘the More’ that has inspired me to teach others all the wonders that yoga promises.”
"Swami Shrutananda embodies the concept of Svaroopa® Yoga being laser beam yoga. With a vast knowledge of yoga, she gives students precisely what they need, whether working with their bodies or their minds. She’s down to earth yet able to provide an understanding of deeply mystical concepts. That ability is clearly coming from an experiential knowing of the teachings. With Swami Shrutananda, I feel a deep sense of safety and trust. Regardless of the situation, her words, presence and sense of humor inspire me, even to take on tapas, the hard stuff.” — Julia Wallis
Shrutananda says, “Some students ask me what it’s like to be a swami. Since taking sannyas under the guidance of my Guru, the yoga practices I do have a more powerful effect. They settle me deeper and deeper within my own Self. I look forward to delving more deeply into the mystical teachings of yoga and sharing that with others who wish to delve deeper. My life is about service — service to my Guru’s work and service to the students who come to learn and want more.”
"I have known Swami Shrutananda for 24 years as a teacher and fellow yogi, enjoying her qualities of lightheartedness, humor and selflessness. Since becoming a swami, she seems more deeply steeped in her own qualities. Her caring guidance, knowledge and gentle certainty have been enhanced. I’m grateful to receive the Svaroopa® teachings from one so deeply committed to the true goal of yoga.” — Soraya Pereira, CSYT
Swami Shrutananda embodies her name, which means, “the bliss of the enlivened teachings.” She says, “I will continue to sit at the feet of my Guru, to be in that flow of the revealed teachings of what yoga promises — the bliss of your own Being.”