Swami Atmavidyananda Giri
Swami Atmavidyananda Giri, a senior monk in the lineage of Paramahamsa Hariharananda and Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, currently Vice President of Kriya yoga Institute, has been tirelessly teaching Kriya Yoga to sincere seekers since 2004.
Swami Atmavidyananda was born Arvind Joshi in a traditional Brahmin family in 1971, in Bhopal, India. At an early age, the spiritual environment and guidance of his parents nurtured in him a sincere quest for God.
Upon completion of a degree in mechanical engineering, he met Paramahamsa Hariharananda and, with his blessings, was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 1994, at Rourkela Ashram in India. After completing his professional responsibilities, in 2002, he dedicated his life fulltime to the cause of spiritual practice and joined the Hariharananda Gurukulam, Balighai under the auspices of Paramahamsa Prajnanananda.
Under the directions of his Master, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, he travelled outside India in 2006 to teach Kriya Yoga in the west. Since then he has travelled extensively in North America, South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia to guide seekers on the path of Kriya Yoga. He has also participated in and presided over a number of interfaith conferences, and delivered a number of lectures, television and radio talks on spiritual topics in USA, Canada, and South America. Swamiji’s calm demeanor and beautiful voice charm his audiences in the very first meeting itself. He provides loving instructions in a very logical and clear manner. He can speak in 6 languages and his desire to constantly pick up more languages and being able to talk to the people in their own language, has endeared him to people in different parts of the world.
He was ordained as a monk in the Giri monastic order in February 2009 and given the name Swami Atmavidyananda, which means 'bliss of Self-knowledge'. While primarily dedicated to the cause of Kriya Yoga, he is also an expert in astrology, eastern and western scriptures, other ancient yogic practices and Vedic ritual ceremonies. As a resident monk of the Kriya Yoga Institute, he resides in the Mother Center at Miami, USA. Upcoming EventsMar-06 to Mar-08, 2020: Kriya Yoga Institute - Homestead, FL - Higher Kriya Retreat ( Retreat)Mar-14 to Mar-15, 2020: Kriya Yoga Institute - Homestead, FL ( Initiation Only)Mar-20 to Mar-22, 2020: Atlanta, GA ( Initiation Program)Apr-02 to Apr-05, 2020: Buenos Aires, Argentina ( Initiation Program)Apr-10 to Apr-12, 2020: Sao Paulo, Brasil, Higher Kriya Retreat ( Retreat)Apr-15 to Apr-19, 2020: Kriya Yoga Silent Retreat - Sydney ( Retreat)May-01 to May-03, 2020: Bogota, Colombia ( Initiation Program)May-15 to May-17, 2020: Kriya Vedanta Gurukulam - Joliet, IL - Midwest Retreat ( Special Event)May-23 to May-27, 2020: Kriya Yoga Institute - Homestead, FL - Shri Gurudev's Birthday Seminar ( Special Event)Jun-05 to Jun-09, 2020: Gold Beach, OR - West Coast Retreat ( Retreat)Jun-13 to Jun-15, 2020: Bogota, Colombia ( Intensive)Jun-26 to Jun-28, 2020: Dallas, TX - Texas Retreat ( Retreat)Jul-03 to Jul-05, 2020: Kriya Vedanta Gurukulam - Joliet, IL - Foundation Day Seminar ( Special Event)Jul-31 to Aug-02, 2020: Santo Domingo, DR ( Initiation Program)Aug-07 to Aug-09, 2020: Armenia, Colombia ( Initiation Only)Aug-14 to Aug-16, 2020: Barranquilla, Colombia - Programa Nacional ( Retreat)Aug-20, 2020: Taraska, Poland - Fundraising Retreat ( Retreat)Aug-26, 2020: St. Gallen, Switzerland (tbd) ( Special Event)Aug-28 to Sep-02, 2020: Sterksel, Netherlands - lang. Engl ( Special Event)Aug-28 to Sep-01, 2019: Sterksel, Netherlands ( Retreat)Sep-04 to Sep-10, 2020: Tattendorf, Austria - Ashram Foundation Program - Topic: 'The spiritual heritage of Paramahamsa Yogananda' ( Special Event)Sep-06, 2020: 22nd Ashram Foundation Day, Kriya Yoga Centre - Tattendorf, Austria ( Special Event)Sep-07, 2020: VIC Club Vienna, Public Program ( Special Event)Sep-17 to Sep-19, 2020: Boston, MA - Paramahamsa Yogananda Pilgrimage ( Special Event)Sep-20 to Sep-22, 2020: Kriya Yoga Institute - Homestead, FL - Foundation Day Seminar ( Special Event)Sep-25 to Sep-26, 2020: Temple of Compassion - Burton, TX - Foundation Day Seminar ( Special Event)Sep-27, 2020: Temple of Compassion - Burton, TX ( Initiation Only)Sep-28 to Sep-30, 2020: Buenos Aires, Argentina - Presentacion Publica ( Special Event)Oct-01 to Oct-04, 2020: Sao Paulo, Brasil - Programa de Fundação do Ashram ( Special Event)Oct-09 to Oct-11, 2020: Brasilia, Brasil ( Initiation Program)Oct-16 to Oct-18, 2020: Guayaquil, Ecuador ( Initiation Program)Oct-23 to Oct-25, 2020: Panama City, Panama ( Initiation Program)Oct-29 to Nov-01, 2020: Santiago, Chile ( Initiation Program)Nov-14 to Nov-22, 2020: Temple of Compassion - Burton, TX - Go Navaratri Seminar ( Special Event)Nov-27 to Nov-29, 2020: Cancun, Mexico ( Initiation Program)Aug-23 to Aug-25, 2021: London, UK - Retreat ( Special Event)Aug-27 to Aug-31, 2021: Sterksel, Netherlands ( Retreat)Sep-03 to Sep-10, 2021: Tattendorf, Austria - Ashram Foundation Program ( Special Event)Sep-04, 2021: Interfaith Conference ( Special Event)