Swami Shivapremananda was a monk and yogi known for spreading the Sivananda Yoga teachings and disciples around the world. He has organized a series of yoga seminars and retreats in various places around the world.
Biography of Swami Shivapremananda
Swami Shivapremananda was born on July 26, 1925 and died in 2019 at the age of 94. He was born and raised in Berhampore, West Bengal, India in a wealthy family. Suhendu Ranjan Ray was his birth name. Swami Shivapremananda is from an aristocratic family from Berhampore, West Bengal, India. He was of Indian origin and followed the Hindu faith. His father, Sudhendu Ranjan Ray, was a teacher by profession, while his mother, Swarnalata, was from a rich family of silk merchants.
He was always a good student, and after high school he planned to work in the state administration, but fate had a different plan for him. When he was young, he traveled to Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, to see his hero, Swami Sivananda.
Swami Shivapremananda began his career as a devoted disciple of Swami Sivananda. He studied yoga, comparative religions and philosophy with him for about 16 years. He was also Swami Sivananda’s personal secretary. After that, he began teaching yoga at the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy in Rishikesh, as well as writing articles for the monthly publications Divine Life and Wisdom Light.
He also got involved in numerous humanitarian issues through the Sivananda Eyes Relief camps and visited Himalayan and Tibetan temples. He became the director of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Milwaukee and later in New York in 1961.
After that, he traveled to other countries and built Sivananda Yoga Vedanta centers in locations such as Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Santiago. He is the author of a number of publications, including “Step by Step Yoga for Stress Relief”, “Insight into Yoga” and “Vaincre Le Stress Par Le Yoga”.
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