More about the Institute

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.

our vision

We hold a vision of humankind living in harmonious interaction with themselves, each other and the world.

the mission

We are 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 transformative education in fields of yoga, meditation and conscious living.

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.

Swami Kripalu is considered to be one of the greatest Indian saints to have lived in the 20th century. Today, Swami Kripalu’s legacy of yoga lives on through thousands of seekers worldwide. 

A master of yoga

Our founder, Gurudev Shri Amritji, 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 practices we have worldwide today. He has since innovated approaches 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 seamlessly incorporate it into a popular hatha yoga practice. 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.


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 a successor in carrying the Lakulish Lineage forward.

Considered an expert authority in Yoga Nidra, Kamini teaches and trains students professionally worldwide in the practices of I AM Yoga Nidra and I AM Yoga Therapy.


Named Mahacharya in 2012 and formally appointed as a successor in carrying the Lakulish Lineage forward by Gurudev Shri Amritji in 2018, Malay is an authentic ambassador of compassion, service and purpose.

As a heart-forward visionary and yogi, Malay has dedicated his life to collecting and preserving the teachings, historical footage and traditions of the Lakulish-Kripalu-Amrit lineage that otherwise could have been diluted or lost through the inevitable consequences of time.

Having spent decades restoring and archiving such important works, his primary focus today is to ensure that these teachings become and remain accessible to practitioners worldwide, for generations to come through his vision and creation of Amritji+


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 immersive, 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


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.

Chandrakant John Hiester, Meditation in Motion

Chandrakant John Hiester

Senior Training Faculty, Yogacharya

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

Nirali Lauren McCrea

Senior Training Faculty, Yogacharya

Indu Heather Arena

Senior Training Faculty

Hasu Marney Coulter, Yoga by the Sea

Hasu Marney Coulter

Senior Training Faculty, Acharya

Ramdas Ormond, Bhakti House

Ramdas Ormond

Senior Training Faculty, Acharya

John Vosler

John Vosler

Senior Training Faculty, Acharya

Chitra Marie Bailey

Chitra Marie Bailey

Senior Training Faculty

Renu Diane Zagoria

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!