Acharya Swami Kamalavidya Saraswati CV

Satyananda Yoga Tradition

Swami Kamalavidya Saraswati’s CV

 

Swami Kamalavidya started her journey into the science of yoga in 1974 at the age of 26. She was initiated as a yoga teacher and acharya (spiritual teacher) under the guidance of her master Swami Kavi Yogeshwarananda. She practiced and taught 22 years of disciplinary Kriya Yoga sadhana (advanced practices).

After her master passed away she visited Bihar /Satyananda Ashram in Munger, India in 1996. In 1999 Kamala studied for 5 months in India and was initiated by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati, president and founder of the Bihar Yoga Bharati (BYB) private university and its various institutions (www.biharyoga.net). It was during this period that she was initiated as a Karma Sannyasin (meaning dedication with a definite purpose) into the Saraswati order (learner with an inner knowledge, understanding and integrated approach towards development and achievement in life).

Today Kamala is a Swami (master of experience of self and mind) and Director of the South African School of Yoga. The School teaches the Bihar/ Satyananda Yoga Tradition (www.yogasa.co.za). Meditation at the school and the teaching thereof, has become a primal focus for the need of the students to cope in a demanding world and society, on many levels.

It was an honor and privilege for her to have hosted Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati in South Africa in 2008.

Since 2009 – 2017 Swami Kamalavidya has been involved with assisting and teaching the Abused African children at ‘Childline’ South Africa in Soweto (An African township). A ‘Yoga Capsule Program’, compiled  and proposed by her Master Swami Niranjanananda during his visit to South Africa in 2008, is taught to the children. Through this program she has trained 14 children as yoga teachers. The yoga teachers taught hundreds of African children at the ‘Old Children’s General Hospital’ on Constitution Hill in Parktown, Johannesburg. The children were taught yoga to learn to manage and handle their disposition in a steady and systematic manner. They learn to recognize their own inner abilities and potentials.  The unfortunate children have experienced loss of parents through HIV/AIDS and abuse in some manner or another.  The ‘Childline’ project solely depends on donations and support from the students of the Yoga School, family and friends.

From 2011 until 2013,  Swami Kamalavidya started a feeding scheme 3 Saturdays’ a month where 100 children are fed breakfast and lunch. She introduced extra school lessons such as Mathematics and English which the children  voiced that they so desperately needed. In addition they were taught dancing, African drumming and singing. All these activities were sponsored by the School and its members.In 2014 the project was moved to the home of the South African School of Yoga in Hyde Park where the the project continued, one Saturday every month. The programme was expanded to allow workshops for the Children who are now teenagers, some at institutions preparing for their future careers. 20 children were under her auspices, preparing them for the bigger world. These young adults now live their yogic lifestyle to the best of their abilities according to the teachings they have been taught.

She continues travelling each year to Rikhiapeeth Ashram as she has been doing for the past 19 years. There she participates in Swami Satyananda’s central teaching for spiritual upliftment, “Give, give and give” and their ceaseless love and compassion for children and a deep respect for women.

 

For more information:

  1. Childline www.childline.org.za – South African based Non Profit Organization assisting Abused children
  2. The South African School of Yoga– Director Swami Kamalavidya www.yogasa.co.za – news/charities
  3. Bihar/Stayananda Tradition Indiawww.biharyoga.net
  4. Rikhia Peeth Ashram in Indiawww.rikhiapeeth.net

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