Marshall Govindan Satchidananda
Marshall Govindan (“Satchidananda”) has practiced Babaji’s Kriya Yoga intensively since 1969. In 1997 he founded Babaji’s Kriya Yoga Order of Acharyas, a non-profit educational charity, incorporated in USA, Canada, India and Sri Lanka, presently with 33 members.
Durga Ahlund Govindan
Jan Durga Ahlund, (B.S.Ed) has been practicing and studying Yoga since 1967. She gives Initiation seminars in Kriya Yoga all over the world, have co-authored several books on spiritual Yoga and deigned The Grace Course.
Rohini practiced Kriya Yoga intensely since 1997, under the guidance and direction of M. Govindan. he gives weekly classes at her home in Daylesford, Victoria, Australia and teaches Kriya Yoga in seminars all over Australia and abroad.
Shantiananda has been studying Yoga since 1970 and was first initiated into Babaji’s Kriya Yoga in 1991. In July 2001 after several years of rigorous training, she became a member of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga Order of Acharyas, authorised to teach the first initiation seminar.
Introduced to Babaji’s Kriya Yoga from Marshall Govindan in 1995, he studied at Maha Yoga Academy and became member of Order of Acharyas in 2000, authorised to teach first initiation worldwide. In 2010 he starts Kriya Yoga Sangha, association for diffusion of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga in Italy.
Native of east coast of Spain, was initiated into Babaji’s Kriya Yoga in 1997, learned the advanced Kriyas in 1998 and 1999, and since then has practiced them faithfully. He has actively collaborated in the diffusion of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga throughout Spain by organizing seminars and translating publications.
Nagalakshimi (Sharanadevi) was initiated from M. Govindan Satchidananda into the 144 Kriyas of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga from 1998 to 2000, in Brazil and Canada. After 20 years of public yoga classes, she is also certified trainer for Kriya Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program.
Saraswati Karuna Devi
In 1996 she was initiated by M. Govindan Satchidananda into Babaji’s Kriya Yoga in Canada and received the second and third level initiations in 1997 and 1998. She began sharing it with others while completing the Teacher Training requirements for Kriya Hatha Yoga in 2001
Yogaacharya in Babaji’s Kriya Yoga Order of Acharyas since 2005, gives seminars with first, second and third initiation into Babaji’s Kriya Yoga worldwide. After studying spiritual wisdom since childhood, he dedicated one decade to intense study and practice of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga and to Karma Yoga serving its students.
Vyasa Lawson became an Acharya of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga in 2006. He was moved to look for a way to continue his growth and self-awareness with all that is entailed in modern life as a householder and took up Kriya Yoga. Gradually he made changes that led him to retire from his career in real estate investment to devote his time to his Kriya practice
Ishvarananda (Ingvar Villido) had his first experiences with yoga as a teenager, and started his regular practice in the early 1980s. In 1992 he began teaching yoga and awareness practices. He was initiated into Babaji´s Kriya Yoga in 2004 and became an Acharya in May 2007. Ishwarananda gives initiations to all three levels of Babaji´s Kriya Yoga.
Premananda (Joseba Imanol Idoyaga) of Bilbao, Spain became an initiate of Tibetan Buddhism and made a pilgrimage to the Himalayas before beginning his initiation and training in Babaji´s Kriya Yoga in 2000. Since completing the teacher training course in Kriya Hatha Yoga, in 2003, he has organized many Kriya Yoga classes, seminars and satsangs in the Basque country.
Valmiki (Mikel Agirreazkuenaga) is a professor of Euskara (Basque language) at the Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea-University of the Basque Country. Since the beginning of his training in Babaji’s Kriya Yoga in the fall of 2001, he has appreciated this discipline from a perspective of knowledge, transformation and service.
Mirabai (Lourdes Planas Calvo) She began to practice Yoga in 2002 and was later initiated into Babaji’s Kriya Yoga. She has participated in several initiations at the second and third levels, and has completed her certification in Babaji`s Kriya Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program.
As an Acharya she thinks that the practice of Babaji`s Kriya Yoga can improve the lives of many people, and for her it’s a privilege and an honor to be able to share the teachings with others.
Nagaraj (Otsuki Norihiko) was initiated into Babaji’s Kriya Yoga in 2000, learned the advanced Kriyas in 2001 and 2002. In 2003, he completed the teacher training course in Kriya Hatha Yoga in Quebec and taught Kriya Hatha Yoga in Japan for some years. He returned to the Quebec Ashram in 2008 for 6 months to do tapas for 8 to 12 hours per day and to translate the Grace Course into Japanese.
Born in Brazil in a family of spiritual seekers, through my explorations of the world and human nature as well as through my studying of sacred literature during long sea voyages, pilgrimages and retreats, I learned to recognize the universal presence of an essence which animates and unites all of us
Turyananda was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 1998 by M.G. Satchidananda on the Reunion island. He completed a spiritual retreat in 1999 before going on a pilgrimage to Tamil Nadu in 2000.
Amman first learned about Babaji as a teenager and was initiated into kriya yoga in 1970 by Yogacharya J. Oliver Black, a lay minister of SRF and direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda. He rediscovered Babaji and has since gained greater insight into yoga through Babaji’s Kriya Yoga.
He was initiated by M. G. Satchidananda in his home town of Dijon, France in 2004. He recognized Babaji as his master, guiding him with love towards the Divine. Joining the Order signifies to him that he can retransmit with humility what are humanity’s greatest treasure.
I was blessed in 2006 to have come into contact with Babaji Nagaraj and to have learned the powerful techniques of his Kriya Yoga. Since then, the aspiration “to Be” with you, growing together towards Self Realization, has multiplied it fervor.
Vidhyananda (Sherry Ryan) LMT, RYT is the founder of Providence Healing Arts, a Yoga Studio & alternative healing center in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. As a student of Hatha Yoga and Kundalini Yoga for 40 years, Vidhya is a certified 500 hour yoga instructor facilitating retreats and teacher trainings throughout the world.
Brahmananda was initiated in 2001 in Vienna into the tradition of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga and in May 2013 into the Order of Acharyas. He lives in Attersee in Upper Austria and organizes there regularly Kriya Hatha Yoga classes, Workshops and Satsang. In the service of the Order of Acharyas he holds initiation seminars in the German-speaking area.
In 2009, he received the first initiation in Brazil from acharya Sharanadevi and in the same year, met his teacher M.G. Satchidananda. In 2010, he was initiated by Satchidananda into the advanced kriyas. In 2012, he was invited to prepare to become an acharya and after two years of intensive training he was, in November 2014, inducted into Babaji’s Kriya Yoga Order of Acharyas.
After being introduced into spirituality by her parents at a very young age, she soon explored various spiritual lineages and has practiced Hatha Yoga since 2001, and taught it regularly since 2002. Since her initiation into Babaji’s Kriya Yoga in 2006, she dedicated her life fully to intense Sadhana of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga and to serving the local Sangha and her parental family.
It was in 1995 through a dream that I first became aware of Kriya Babaji in my life. Three years later, I received the first and the second initiations from Satchidananda in Brazil. The Kriya techniques felt familiar, like coming home.
In the early 2000’s, Gowri found the Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahamsa Yogananda, which introduced him to Mahavatar Babaji and Kriya Yoga. This, along with Babaji and 18 Siddha Kriya Yoga Tradition, by Marshall Govindan convinced him that Kriya Yoga was a perfected, scientific and authentic lineage of teachings of the Yoga Siddhas available for mankind to attain Self-realization. In the year 2008, he was initiated into Babaji’s Kriya Yoga (both First and Second initiations) by Marshall Govindan Satchidananda and has been practicing ever since.
If I had to summarize my entire life story in a short sentence, I would say that it made me a disciple of Babaji. I was born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1951. In 1998, by the hands of Satchidananda, I was initiated in the Kriya Yoga. And, despite all the instabilities of the practice, the unshakable connection with Babaji maintained me on the way.
Initiated in Paris in 2006 with M.G. Satchidananda, Vivekananda found in Kriya Yoga much more than he hoped. Seeking a complement to his practice then, he discovered a complete and harmonious way. Babaji’s Kriya Yoga is gradually becoming his heart of practice.
I received the first initiation in Babaji’s Kriya Yoga in 2010, and the second and the third initiations in 2011. I also received the teacher training course in 2012 in Quebec and started teaching Kriya Hatha yoga classes in Tokyo in 2013. In order to help as many people as possible and to make the rest of my life an offering to Babaji, I accepted M. G. Satchidananda’s invitation to fulfill the requirements to become an Acharya of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga.
Jamie followed his June 2013 Initiation into Babaji’s Kriya Yoga at the Quebec Ashram by performing Karma Yoga, in silence for 30 days. A pledge to surrender his own ego’s desires to Thy Will, has led Jamie, now, Krishna on a path to love and serve all. He has been dedicated many years to self-study and transformation through devotion to Babaji and the Truth. He seeks to fulfill his dharma and share these teachings with others, who seek to evolve in mind, body and consciousness and for the benefit and upliftment of all life.
During rehabilitation after a bicycle accident, Dharmadas started down a path of inquiry regarding the history and origin of yoga, inevitably leading him to Babaji. The rich variety of techniques, the authenticity of the teachings, and the synergistic approach to this integral yoga inspired him to pursue this path. After receiving the 1st and 2nd initiations, he knew he was home.
His spiritual quest lead him to the initation into Babaj’s Kriya Yoga in 2014. After 7 years of devoted Kriya Sadhana, longer Tapas periods at the Ashram in Quebec as well as in Badrinath, India, he was inducted into the Order of Acharyas. Currently he lives in Austria with his famliy where he founded a Yoga Ashram called KriyaMandiram.
Yves had the privilege of being initiated by Satchidananda to the 144 Kriyas of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga at the Québec Ashram between 2017 and 2019. That opened the door to the deeper, pristine, profound and timeless teachings of Yoga.
As the mentor of Espaço Flor das Águas, he cultivates a fertile ground for Babaji’s legacy to flourish, organizing 1st, 2nd and 3rd initiations, teacher trainings, silent retreats, satsangs and a daily Kriya Yoga sadhana, in person and online. In keeping with Narada’s purpose, the Flor das Águas community is composed of yogis and kriyabans who assist in this service of maintaining a sacred ground where many seekers come to meet.
Niranjana discovered Babaji’s Kriya Yoga in 2004, at the age of 21, during an initiation with Satchidananda. This meeting was decisive for the course of her life, and the practice of yogic sadhana immediately became the central axis of it. She is eternally grateful to these teachers, for their trust and their teachings.
Chandradevi (Chinmayi) began her research in 1997 after a life changing experience through meditation. She found Yoga in 2003, some years deep in Hatha and Raja Yoga before finding out about Babaji’s Kriya Yoga in 2008. In a flow of unfolding events, she has been teaching Yoga for over a decade, organised and supported initiations, translated and distributed publications on Babaji’s Kriya Yoga, participated in projects for the worldwide Kriya community. It comes as great honour for her to keep serving global Guru’s mission.