ABout 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 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.

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Our Leadership

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 serves as the Executive Director of the Amrit Yoga Institute, leading its overall direction, education standards and curriculum development.

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
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certification

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.
Amrit Yoga Institute
4.9
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Jeannette Okie
Jeannette Okie
22:03 11 Mar 20
I just completed the I AM Yoga Nidra Professional Training. It was an amazing experience. The quality of the course and... all the teachers are indeed outstanding. The teachings are a blessing and the clarity with which they are shared is just beautiful. True yoga the way it was meant to be.read more
Beth Falkenhagen
Beth Falkenhagen
14:45 17 Feb 20
This place is the real deal. Gurudev and his daughter, Kamini, have spent their lives teaching and living yoga with... love, passion, and sincerity. If you are serious about understanding the practice of yoga, the techniques, the history, the theories, the philosophy any of their workshops will serve you well.read more
Marie Lynah
Marie Lynah
00:27 02 Feb 20
For the price, this is a nice place. The spartan rooms are comfortable and clean and the vegetarian food was mostly... delicious- heavy on the salt. We didn't come for a program, but rather to enjoy the yoga retreat and massage services, and beautiful property. Shortly before arriving I learned that we were not allowed to attend any of the yoga classes, the only yoga space was reserved for the weekend. They suggested as an alternative I could take a mat to the dock and do my own practice. If the weather was nicer that may have been an option. I didn't come to a yoga retreat center to do a private practice. At the very least I would have hoped for a side room or yurt or gazebo, but definitely expected to have the opportunity to attend at least one class during our 3 days. As an additional sour note, our rooms were across a highway from the main buildings, I would have loved a better path along side it rather than walking through mud and grass. Maybe some creative landscaping to block some of the noise from the local bar and dogs barking. I do have to say the nearby salt springs were lovely. Overall it seems a better choice to come here for a program.read more
Yvette Sechrist McGlasson
Yvette Sechrist McGlasson
13:41 29 Oct 19
There is something profoundly peaceful about the Amrit Yoga Institute, not just for discovering the inner practice of... yoga, meditation or that it's a nurturing place to do that deep inner dive, peeling back the layers of daily life in "the big city" in order to reveal our true nature. No matter what your background or belief system, the moment you step onto the grounds, you can feel the reverence and a hush falls upon your shoulders. You are in the heart of the Ocala National forest, embraced by towering trees, plenty of wild life including the hooting owls at night ... I encourage anyone who has a desire to know the Divine within, enter and explore.read more
Ilana Melgarejo
Ilana Melgarejo
18:30 18 Aug 19
This is truly one of the most beautiful piece of property on the planet. Situated right on lake Kerr. Many places to... sit and enjoy the gardens, butterflies, and other wild life. Peaceful and enjoy sacred silence from 10 p.m. until 9 a.m. The programs are thought with a heart centered perspective from well educated individuals. The food is phenomenal 👌read more
Sonya Hanlin
Sonya Hanlin
01:55 29 May 19
The teachings of Amrit yoga have transformed my life. Through the Amrit method of yoga therapy I was able to heal from... 20+ years of major depression and anxiety. The trainings offered are profound and take you to the truth of who you are. The Amrit Yoga Institute is a sanctuary of peace and healing. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to make true transformation in their life.read more
Scott Arena
Scott Arena
01:43 07 Apr 15
Simply the most profound training's I have ever experience. I am so grateful for the teachings and learning the ability... to live more free and outside of my pre-programmed habitual past. I have stopped doing so many of the things that I habitually did because it was what everyone else was doing, or because it was socially conditioned into me or because I was being driven by lack. I am now much more free to act in accordance with the natural intelligence of the universe! Thank you!read more
Vincent Dowd
Vincent Dowd
20:15 08 Sep 14
I had taken yoga since 2003 and thought yoga was about poses (Asana). I knew there was some pieces missing in Western... Yoga- but boy I did not know the pieces that were missing were basically the engine to the car. Amrit Yoga uses the Integrative Amrit Method ( I AM) which allows one to find and reconnect with the true essence of "I" The location is on a serene lake and beautiful place with a deer that comes up and lets you pet it. You rediscover yourself through these teachings and to have an original Guru be part of the teachings put this far and ahead of other programs. I would say if you want to learn more about you and to find the true state of bliss we so tern for go to Amrit Yoga.read more
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"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

SENIOR TRAINING FACULTY

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
Kamini Desai PhD, Yoga Nidra: The Art of Transformational Sleep

Kamini Desai, Ph.D

Executive Director, Yogeshwari

Chandrakant John Hiester, Meditation in Motion

Chandrakant

Yogacharya, Lead “Meditation in Motion” Instructor

Nirali Lauren McCrea, Integrative Amrit Method, I AM Yoga, Yoga Teacher Training Instructor

Nirali Lauren McCrea

Director of Education, Lead I AM Yoga Teacher Training Instructor

Gurudev Shri Amritji, Yogi Amrit Desai, Yoga Guru

Stuart Sovatsky, Ph.D

Scholar-in-Residence
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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