SWAMI SIVAMURTI THROUGH THE YEARS
Swami Sivamurti Saraswati was born and raised in Australia.
In 1975, she travelled to India where she met her Guru Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati at the Bihar School of Yoga in Munger. There, she was initiated into the Dashnami order of Sannyasa after receiving training under his direct guidance on various branches of yoga and the tradition of Sannyasa.
In 1976 in India, she received his mandate to bring the teachings of Satyananda yoga to Greece. Upon arriving in Greece, the first yoga centre in Kalamata was established, in Southern Greece and soon after, in 1977, the first residential ashram of its kind then in Europe, Satyanandashram Hellas in Paiania, near Athens, for yoga training, which was inaugurated by Sri Swami Satyananda in 1985. As her work kept gaining momentum, three Satyananda Yoga Meditation centres were also established in central Athens , Paiania and Thessaloniki.
Throughout the last four decades, she has inspired the establishment of numerous independent centres all over Greece, namely in Salonika and Kavala in Northern Greece, Larissa and Volos in Central Greece and on the islands of Crete and Lesvos in the Aegean and the Balkan countries and under her guidance, hundreds of yoga instructors have been trained in the Satyananda system of yoga.
In 1991, she founded Satyananda Math, focusing on humanitarian activities, to help and uplift, elevate and bring joy to the needy and less privileged sections of society in the spirit inspired by Swami Satyananda to ‘serve, love, give,’ and in 2018, she inspired the creation of Satyananda Math –Amba , a social cooperative, to continue the activities of Satyananda Math.
In 1993, she was recognized as a Yoga Acharya (Master of yoga) by the International Yoga Fellowship movement (IYFM), and in 2004 she was appointed a permanent guardian of Satyananda yoga Academy Europe (SYAE) and a Bihar Yoga Emissary.
In 2007, under her guidance, the Satyananda Yoga women’s groups were created, aiming to cultivate the strengths inherent in every woman through the myriad yogic techniques and practices within the Satyananda Yoga Tradition. The women’s groups also focus on organising philanthropic activities in collaboration with Satyananda Math-Amba.
In 2013 she was awarded the title of ‘Golden Yogi’ at the World Yoga Convention in India, in recognition of four decades of service to yoga
In 2014, she was appointed a member of the Yoga Vidya council, India, in recognition of her dedication to the teachings, mission and propagation of the tradition of Satyananda Yoga.
In 2014, she established the Association (Enosi) of Greek Yoga instructors trained in the Satyananda system of yoga, to enable all active instructors trained in the Satyananda system of yoga to unite and in 2019, the Federation of Satyananda Yoga centers for the purpose of unting all yoga centers teaching the Satyananda system of yoga.
Also in 2019, Sangha teacher development sessions were introduced to all instructors trained in the Satyananda System of Yoga in Greece, for the purpose of upgrading their knowledge in all aspects of yoga and connecting to the tradition and teaching of Satyananda Yoga. Instructors are guided on how to imbibe the yogic practices into their lifestyle and that of their students, so that yoga can become a lifestyle, from moment to moment.
For over 40 years, she has been safeguarding the integrity, tradition, authenticity and the high quality of teaching of Satyananda Yoga in Greece, inspiring people of all walks of life into the Satyananda system of Yoga.
She travels regularly throughout Greece and abroad, giving yoga seminars. She has authored many books on the topic of Satyananda yoga and how it is a valuable legacy, passed on from an ancient lineage, which can assist modern man to meet the challenges of everyday life.
Her latest book, “In his Footsteps” published in 2019 is a culmination of her yogic journey throughout the last four decades, in the footsteps of, and a tribute to, her guru, Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati.