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 full-time to the cause of spiritual practice and joined the Hariharananda Gurukulam, Balighai under the auspices of Paramahamsa Prajnanananda.


Under the direction of his Master, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, he traveled outside India in 2006 to teach Kriya Yoga in the West. Since then he has traveled 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, and television and radio talks on spiritual topics in the 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 6 languages and his desire to constantly pick up more languages and be 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 Kriya Dhyana Mandir (Temple of Meditation), Monroe, WA.

Upcoming Events
Jul 19 - Jul 21 2024
Foundation Day Program Retreat - Kriya Vedanta Gurukulam - Temple of Harmony
Jul 21 - Jul 21 2024
Guru Purnima Local Event - Kriya Vedanta Gurukulam - Temple of Harmony
Jul 21 - Jul 21 2024
Interfaith Prayer Local Event - Kriya Vedanta Gurukulam - Temple of Harmony
Jul 01 - Jul 30 2024
Being and Living a Seeker’s life Special Event - Kriya Vedanta Gurukulam - Temple of Harmony
Aug 02 - Aug 04 2024
Initiation Program Initiation - Saratoga, CA, USA
Aug 23 - Aug 27 2024
Sterksel, Netherlands - lang. Engl. Retreat - Kriya Yoga Centrum, Sterksel, Netherlands
Aug 31 - Aug 31 2024
NEW ASHRAM - Inauguration, Krakow/Tluczan, Pl Special Event - Krakow, Poland
Aug 27 - Sep 02 2024
Sep 06 - Sep 06 2024
26th Ashram Foundation Day Celebration Initiation - Kriya Yoga Centre - Vienna, Tattendorf, Austria
Sep 03 - Sep 09 2024
Ashram Foundation Seminar, Kriya Yoga Centre Vienna (Tattendorf) Retreat - Kriya Yoga Centre - Vienna, Tattendorf, Austria
Sep 16 - Sep 22 2024
Foundation Day Program Retreat - Kriya Yoga Institute, Homestead, FL, USA
Sep 23 - Sep 28 2024
Temple of Compassion 8th Annual Foundation Day Program Retreat - Temple of Compassion, Burton, TX, USA
Sep 27 - Sep 29 2024
Initiation Program Initiation - Philadelphia, PA, USA
Oct 17 - Oct 20 2024
Higher Kriya Retreat Retreat - Kriya Vedanta Gurukulam - Temple of Harmony
Oct 24 - Oct 27 2024
Initiation Program Initiation - Edmonton, AB, Canada
Oct 31 - Nov 09 2024
Seventh Annual GoNavaratri Celebration Special Event - Temple of Compassion, Burton, TX, USA
Nov 09 - Nov 10 2024
Higher Kriya Initiation Initiation - Temple of Compassion, Burton, TX, USA
Nov 15 - Nov 17 2024
Initiation Program Initiation - Portland, OR, USA
Nov 23 - Nov 24 2024
Higher Kriya Initiation and Intensive Program Initiation - Kriya Dhyana Mandir - Temple of Meditation
Nov 28 - Nov 28 2024
Thanksgiving Program Local Event - Kriya Dhyana Mandir - Temple of Meditation