the 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 purpose of the Amrit Yoga Institute is to provide immersive education and energetic practices as inspired by the timeless wisdom and traditions of our lineage. We have developed and refined dependable tools to experientially access the transformative depths of yoga, regardless of geography or culture. We run programs year-round in service of our mission to bring authentic yogic wisdom to the world.
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.
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.
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.
Continuing the teachings
Having been raised in a yogic environment, Kamini Desai, PhD. has been practicing and teaching yoga throughout her entire life.
In recognition of her unwavering dedication and keen ability to communicate the ancient teachings of yoga, Gurudev Shri Amritji formally appointed Kamini as his successor in carrying the Lakulish Lineage forward. Considered an expert authority in Yoga Nidra, Kamini teaches and trains students professionally worldwide.
Today, she guides the direction for educational standards and curriculum development for I AM training programs.
what we’re all about
yoga & meditation
kirtan & chanting
health & wellbeing
"the original spiritual depth that is missing from popular yoga"
– Deepak Chopra
"ancient teachings[...] relevant to the entire world"
– Dr David Frawley
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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