Amrit Yoga Lineage
A Brief History of Amrit Yoga
Amrit Yoga is the natural evolution of ancient yogic practices passed down from master to disciple, refined to be relevant and effective for Western culture today. The practices of Amrit Yoga have been developed by Gurudev Yogi Amrit Desai based on the ancient secrets of yoga which he received directly from his guru, Swami Shri Kripalvanandji (Kripalu).
Swami Kripalu, lovingly known as Bapuji, received his initiation into the mysteries of yoga from Lord Lakulish (Dadaji), considered an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Babuji is recognized as one of the greatest yoga masters of the 20th century. His life is an amazing story of unswerving devotion marked by 30 years of sadhana, silence and meditation.
Gurudev was just 16 years old when he first met Bapuji and he has followed his teachings ever since. The special bond of love they shared brought Bapuji to America for more than four years, where he blessed thousands with his loving presence.
Bapuji bestowed upon Gurudev the rare blessing of Shaktipat. This spiritual gift allows Gurudev to instantly enter deep meditation outside the time-bound dimension of body and mind, and in this state to initiate profound shifts in consciousness in others who are receptive.
Shortly after returning to India in 1981, Bapuji left his physical body. But his legacy continues today through the thousands of disciples and practitioners of both Kripalu and Amrit Yoga. And their number continues to grow as more and more people are drawn to these profound teaching, and to the opportunity to study with a living master who is part of this powerful lineage of Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga.
The initiation Gurudev received from Bapuji transformed his life and teachings by making him the carrier for the mystical lineage of Lord Lakulish and Swami Kripalu in the West. The Kripalu Yoga approach of Meditation in Motion shattered the notion of yoga as purely a physical discipline, integrating the notion of yoga as a process of consciousness liberation.
Gurudev continues to refine these principles in the Amrit Method®, an innovative and accessible system that enables one to harness the challenges of life as opportunities to awaken consciousness. Through Amrit Yoga, even novice students can experience the deepest levels of tranquility, and experience harmony with all that life brings.
Today, Kripalu and Amrit Method practices are taught by more than 5,000 certified teachers in 40 countries.