Swami Satyananda Saraswati was born in Almorah (UP) in 1923. He joined his Guru, Swami Sivananda Saraswati, in Rishikesh (UP), and adopted the Dashnami Sannyasa life in 1943. He served his Guru’s mission for 12 years in many capacities.
In 1955 he left Rishikesh to travel throughout India as a wandering ascetic to assess the needs of modern society. In 1956 he founded the International Yoga Fellowship Movement and, in 1963, the Bihar School of Yoga. He founded Sivananda Math, a social and charitable institution to help the weaker, underprivileged sections of society in 1984 and the Yoga Research Foundation, a scientific research oriented yoga organisation, in 1984.
Swami Satyananda has authored over 80 best-sellers and classical texts on yoga and spiritual life, he is the spiritual guide to thousands of aspirants and the inspiration behind many Yoga Ashrams and Yoga Mitra Mandals in India and abroad.
In 1988 he renounced his mission, adopting kshetra sannyasa, and now lives as a Paramahamsa Sannyasin performing higher spiritual and vedic sadhanas, thus guiding sannyasins and house-holders in their spiritual journey to develop a universal vision.