Our Teacher, Sri Shambhavananda
Rishi Maha Mandaleshwar Sri Shambhavananda is the founder of ShambhavAnanda Yoga. Known affectionately to his students as “Babaji,” he has devoted his life to serving those who seek inner change through the ancient disciplines of yoga. Sri Shambhavananda was born and raised on a dairy farm in the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania. From a young age he showed an inherent sense of happiness and spiritual understanding that would lead him to make a strong immediate connection with his first spiritual teacher, Swami Rudrananda, and later with Swami Muktananda. He expresses eternal gratitude to these teachers for awakening the potential of his heart.
Sri Shambhavananda is a blazing flame of inspiration and a constant source of spiritual energy for his students. He challenges the idea that spirituality is somehow removed from the world we live in, teaching that all the myriad conditions of our lives can be transformed into great joy through spiritual work. He describes ShambhavAnanda Yoga as the direct experience and insight into one’s true inner nature, available to those who are ready to surrender the distractions of the mind and open their hearts.
Sri Shambhavananda has nourished the growth of devoted students across the world for over forty years. He has founded three thriving ashrams, published three books, and inspired the development of numerous ShambhavAnanda Yoga centers. He welcomes you to come visit the sacred spaces he has created, learn about the practices of ShambhavAnanda Yoga, and discover how to lead a life of conscious growth.