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 for more than 7 years.
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 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 EventsNov-16 to Nov-19, 2017: Higher Kriya Retreat at Kriya Vedanta Gurukulam ( Retreat)Dec-01 to Dec-03, 2017: Kriya Yoga Institute, Homestead, FL - Mahasamadhi Seminar ( Retreat)Dec-24 to Jan-01, 2018: Kriya Yoga Institute, Homestead, FL - Holy Days and New Year Seminar ( Retreat)Jan-05, 2018: Kriya Yoga Institute - Homestead, FL - 125th Birthday of Paramahamsa Yogananda ( Special Event)Jan-19 to Jan-21, 2018: Orlando, FL ( Initiation Program)Feb-02 to Feb-04, 2018: Austin, TX ( Initiation Program)Feb-13, 2018: Kriya Yoga Institute - Homestead, FL - Mahashivaratri ( Special Event)Feb-23 to Feb-25, 2018: Tampa, FL ( Initiation Program)Mar-02 to Mar-04, 2018: Toronto, ON ( Initiation Program)Mar-07 to Mar-11, 2018: Kriya Yoga Institute - Homestead, FL - Higher Kriya Retreat ( Retreat)Mar-16 to Mar-18, 2018: Guayaquil, Ecuador ( Initiation Program)Mar-30 to Apr-01, 2018: Aracaju, Brasil ( Initiation Program)Apr-06 to Apr-08, 2018: Sao Paulo, Brasil - Iniciação 2ª Kriya ( Initiation Only)Apr-13 to Apr-15, 2018: Sao Paulo, Brasil ( Initiation Program)Apr-20 to Apr-22, 2018: Bauru, Brasil ( Initiation Program)Apr-26 to Apr-29, 2018: Brasilia, Brasil ( Initiation Program)May-04 to May-06, 2018: Cali, Colombia - Programa Nacional ( Retreat)May-18 to May-20, 2018: Vancouver, BC ( Initiation Program)May-24 to May-28, 2018: Kriya Yoga Institute - Homestead, FL - Gurudev's Birthday Seminar ( Retreat)Jun-01 to Jun-03, 2018: Los Angeles, CA - West Coast Retreat ( Retreat)Jun-08 to Jun-10, 2018: Cincinnatti, OH ( Initiation Program)Jun-15 to Jun-25, 2018: Hariharananda Tapovan, Uttarkashi - Kriya Yoga Retreat ( Retreat)Jun-26 to Jun-27, 2018: Hariharananda Tapovan, Uttarkashi - Trek to Gangotri ( Special Event)Jul-19 to Jul-22, 2018: Cartagena de Indias, Colombia ( Initiation Program)Jul-27 to Jul-29, 2018: Monteria, Colombia ( Initiation Program)Aug-04 to Aug-07, 2018: Bogota, Colombia ( Intensive)Aug-10 to Aug-12, 2018: Armenia, Colombia ( Initiation Program)Aug-13, 2018: Armenia, Colombia - Programa Intensivo ( Intensive)Sep-17 to Sep-23, 2018: Kriya Yoga Institute - Homestead, FL - Fall Retreat ( Retreat)Sep-22, 2018: Kriya Yoga Institute - Homestead, FL - Foundation Day Celebration ( Special Event)Sep-24 to Sep-26, 2018: Temple of Compassion - Burton, TX - Foundation Day Seminar ( Retreat)Sep-28 to Sep-30, 2018: Boise, ID ( Initiation Program)Oct-04 to Oct-07, 2018: Kriya Vedanta Gurukulam - Joliet, IL - Higher Kriya Retreat ( Retreat)Oct-19 to Oct-21, 2018: Panama City, Panama ( Initiation Program)Oct-25, 2018: Lima, Peru ( Lecture Only)Oct-27 to Oct-28, 2018: Lima, Peru ( Initiation Only)Nov-02 to Nov-04, 2018: Bogota, Colombia ( Initiation Program)Nov-08 to Nov-17, 2018: Temple of Compassion - Burton, TX - Go-Navaratri Celebration / Texas Retreat ( Retreat)Dec-01 to Dec-03, 2018: Kriya Yoga Institute - Homestead, FL - Mahasamadhi Seminar ( Retreat)Dec-24 to Jan-01, 2019: Kriya Yoga Institute - Homestead, FL - Holy Days and New Year's Seminar ( Retreat)