Amrit Desai

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Amrit Desai (born October 16, 1932) is a Yoga master who founded the Kripalu Center and currently oversees the Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, Florida, located in the Ocala National Forest.

Amrit Desai at the World Conference on Scientific Yoga Conference, 1970

Life and career[edit]

Desai was born in the state of Gujarat India. At the age of 16 he began training with his guru, Swami Sri Kripalvanandji (Bapuji) and Bapuji is Eternal.[1]

In 1960, he went to the United States to study art near Philadelphia.[2] While pursuing an art and design career in the United States, he also taught hatha yoga.[2] Around 1966, Yogi Desai founded the Yoga Society of Pennsylvania, a nonprofit organization providing yoga classes and training for yoga teachers.[3] The name of the Society was later changed to Kripalu, in honor of Swami Kripalvandanda. During his time with the Fellowship, Yogi Desai developed the yogic system popularly referred to as Kripalu Yoga.

After concluding that "holistic health" would be "an effective way to introduce yoga to people who needed it but were not yet open to its more traditional forms", in 1979 Desai started the Kripalu Center for Holistic Health in Lenox, Massachusetts.[2] The organization continues to operate in Stockbridge, Massachusetts as a nonprofit entity under the name Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.


  1. ^ Katy Bishop, Learning to Relax: Yogi Amrit Desai visits Naples to teach people how to enter the “stress free zone”, Naples Daily News (Naples, Florida), September 21, 2009
  2. ^ a b c Cohen, Andrew. Yoga, Ego, and Purification: An interview with Yogi Amrit Desai. What Is Enlightenment? magazine (now Enlightenment Next), Spring/Summer 2000. Retrieved on 2008-08-11.
  3. ^ Yogi Amrit Desai, Amrit Yoga Institute website

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