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:

Yoga & the 5 Attributes of Success

Yoga makes you more successful at anything and everything you’re interested in accomplishing. This means that yoga makes you better at getting what you want. This is because yoga improves 5 key attributes that contribute to your success in any endeavor.

Not Enlightened Yet?

Life is not perfect, you already know. The ups and downs continue but if you were enlightened, they wouldn’t bother you. It’s the botheration that is the problem. It sabotages your happiness but, worse, it sabotages your ability to deal with what’s happening.

Every Pose is for Your Spine

My first yoga teacher told me, “Every pose is for your spine.”  I didn’t understand, but I loved her classes.  I even started doing some poses at home.  After 2 or 3 months of taking her weekly classes, she told me I was ready to teach.  Really?  I was amazed!  This was 1976. The pathway to becoming a yoga teacher was not clearly defined.

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