Amrit Yoga Institute

is located in Salt Springs, Florida, amid the tranquil beauty of the Ocala National Forest on Lake Kerr, a spring-fed lake of nearly 3,000 acres. Beneath a canopy of towering Live Oaks, the six-acre campus features lush tropical gardens, stone decks and walkway, and a peaceful sand beach. The property includes a main house, lodge, main office, guest cabin, and brand new Healing Arts Center. We run programs year-long in service of our mission to bring authentic yogic wisdom to the world. If you’re not sure about taking a program yet, we also welcome guests for R&R.


a master of yoga

Our founder, Gurudev Shri Amritji (Yogi Amrit Desai) is one of a handful of gurus who came to America from India in the early 1960s. This wave began the initial Yoga craze that has grown into the massive and diverse Yoga practices we have worldwide today. Shri Amritji is one of the first arrivals and the last living guru from this initial wave, and a pioneer in bringing the authentic practices of Yoga to the West. He regularly gives lectures on yoga and meditation while he is on campus at the Amrit Yoga Institute.

our vision

We hold a vision of a world in which humans live in harmonious interaction with themselves, each other and the world.

Our mission is to contribute to a global community dedicated to embodying and transmitting the authentic wisdom and experience of yoga to further the evolution of humanity.

The Amrit Yoga Institute is a non-profit 501(c)3 institution that provides education in fields of yoga, meditation and health living. We serve local, organic, vegetarian cuisine and currently participate in a energy plan that ensures all of our power needs come from renewable resources.

authentic roots

The Integrative Amrit Methods are a unique distillation of ancient yogic secrets that were revealed by the renowned master of Kundalini Yoga, Swami Kripalu, to Amritji directly. He has since innovated practices that authentically maintain their mystical eastern roots while being accessible and relevant to the western psyche. Amritji is the first to bring the unique aspect of the inner, meditative dimension of yoga to the West and seemlessly incorporate it into a popular hatha yoga practice.


what we’re all about

yoga & meditation!

Our organization is in service of helping people change their lives through the integrative power of yoga & meditation

immersive education

Our programs are full-day, all-in affairs that empower you with an in-depth experience of life as a meditation in motion


You leave our training courses with an accredited professional certification from a world-renowned yoga institute

kirtan & chanting

Yoga isn’t all standing in funny positions 🙂 We embrace the power of sound, mantra, & vibration as powerful tools for transformation

global community

Connect with a global network of practitioners who are dedicated to theirs & your health and wellbeing

health & wellbeing

The body is a temple and none of this stuff matters if we don’t care for it!  We are committed to healing from within—together.

"the original spiritual depth that is missing from popular yoga"

– Deepak Chopra

"one of the most influential and sought-after figures in the development of Hatha Yoga in America over the last 40 years"

"ancient teachings[...] relevant to the entire world"

– Dr David Frawley

Students Graduated


Sun Salutations


Our teachers are the core of our programs. These are individuals who have dedicated their life and energy to the embodiment of the ancient yogic teachings of love, peace and harmony.

Gurudev Shri Amritji, Yogi Amrit Desai, Yoga Guru

Gurudev Shri Amritji

Founder, Spiritual Director, Pioneer of Yoga in the West
Chandrakant John Hiester, Meditation in Motion


Over 45 years experience, Meditation in Motion™ Lead Revealer
Nirali Lauren McCrea, Integrative Amrit Method, I AM Yoga, Yoga Teacher Training Instructor

Nirali Lauren McCrea

Assistant Director of Education, Lead I AM Yoga Teacher Training Instructor
Gurudev Shri Amritji, Yogi Amrit Desai, Yoga Guru

Stuart Sovatsky, Ph.D

John Vosler

John Vosler

Senior Training Faculty
Chitra Marie Bailey

Chitra Marie Bailey

Senior Training Faculty

Diane Renu Zagoria

Senior Training Faculty

Indu Heather Eilering

Senior Training Faculty
Priti Chanda Klco, PranaBeing

Priti Chanda Klco

Senior Training Faculty
Hasu Marney Coulter, Yoga by the Sea

Hasu Marney Coulter

Senior Training Faculty
Jennifer Jaya Buckland

Jaya Buckland

Senior Training Faculty
Priti Chanda Klco, PranaBeing

Liam Gillen

Senior Training Faculty
Hasu Marney Coulter, Yoga by the Sea

Kalindi Edwina Hoffman

Senior Training Faculty
Jennifer Jaya Buckland

Ashvini Kenyon Gatlin

Senior Training Faculty
Ramdas Ormond, Bhakti House

Ramdas Ormond

Senior Training Faculty

Our affiliates

We work with yoga practitioners & studios, spiritual leaders, healthcare professionals, business owners and all-around good people around the globe. Here are just a few!

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