About Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati

Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati leads Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram in Downingtown PA.  An American yogi, she is an inspiring teacher with a loving manner and a great sense of humor.  Before becoming a swami (yoga monk), as Rama Berch, she served the yoga community as the founding president of Yoga Alliance.  Traveling and teaching nationally and internationally, she is authorized to initiate people into deep meditation through Shaktipat, as did Swami Muktananda, her own Guru.  The Ashram website features extensive Freebies, including articles and audio recordings on the principles of consciousness as taught by the sages of India, as well as how to apply them in your life today.

All posts by Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati:

You’ve Got Skills

You know how to drive, to manage household and personal needs, even to manage other people and their needs.  Your education and professional skills make you able to adapt to changing times, like now.  But your self-care skills might need some improvement.  The current pandemic conditions may prompt another round of pandemic panic.  It’s time […]

It’s Not the Same

I’ve been delighted to lead group meditations online for the last year. But it’s simply not the same as being together in person. It’s clear that it supports others. The energetic connection is tangible, providing a deeper meditation. But it’s not the same. I’ve been teaching via technology since 2010. Back then, we were on […]

What Have You Learned?

After more than a year of pandemic precautions, what have you learned?  You probably learned to stay home more, to spend less money and how to use technology to connect with others.  Hopefully you also learned how you feel when you do more yoga. Your priorities have been rearranged.  You didn’t choose to do this.  […]

Joy!  Jubilation!  Trepidation?

I’m ready to rip off my mask and dance around the room in glee.  Fully vaccinated, no mask required and I can even sit and chat with people again – I’m ready to go.  But I’m seeing others move into it more slowly.  What’s going on? Is your inner peace dependent on being isolated?  Is […]

No More Hiding, Really?

I went inside at Starbucks yesterday without a mask.  Yes, I’m fully vaccinated.  It was the 15th day after my final shot.  I could smile at the barista who took my order.  It was lovely!   And it felt strange.  I’m used to hiding, hiding my face and even hiding in my home.  How long will […]

Priorities!

Now that the world is available to you again, or almost there, what are your priorities?  You gave up so much in the last year, so maybe you want to get it all going again.  Or maybe not.  This last year has changed you.  It’s changed the world we live in and it’s changed you.  […]

So Close, Yet So Far

You know the feeling so well — it’s not time yet.  I felt that way near the end of my senior year in high school, nearly done and yet going to school every morning.  And that ninth month of pregnancy lasts much more than four weeks, right? Here we are again.  They tell us that […]

Yogis Got Gumption

That’s what I’ve always loved about yoga, that yogis have gumption. In all the different styles I’ve practiced, as a grad of 5 different Teacher Training programs over the years, I’ve found that yogis know how to keep going. Granted, a pandemic tests you to the limit, but you’re better equipped to handle it than […]

Yogis & Their Amazing Powers

Many Sanskrit texts describe how a yogi can fly, walk on water, disappear and change the weather as part of the classical ashta-siddhis (eight powers).  Making it through a pandemic is minor compared to these world-changing, life-changing abilities.  Yet your ability to make it through, and not merely to survive but to thrive, comes from […]

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