Swami Vidyananda was raised in California. She began practicing Yoga in 1969. She met her teacher and guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda, in 1972 and was trained to teach Integral Yoga®. She has been training Yoga teachers since 1973. She became a Swami (monk) in 1983. She has taught and trained Yoga teachers throughout the US and Canada, as well as Australia, Europe, and India.
Vidyananda teaches all branches of Integral Yoga, including Hatha Yoga postures, Raja and Jnana Yoga philosophy, Meditation, and Yogic lifestyle. She has taught Yoga for many different populations from college students to corporate managers, children with Down Syndrome, and pregnant women. She appeared on Fox News Network speaking on Yoga Stress Management in corporate settings. She has taught Therapeutic Yoga in programs such as the Smith Farm Cancer Retreats, and Yoga for persons with eating disorders.
Swami Vidyananda served as director of the Montreal Integral Yoga Institute. For many years she travelled with Sri Swami Satchidananda, founder of the Integral Yoga Institutes, serving as his translator into French. She taught and translated at the European Yoga Union Conference in Zinal, Switzerland, for 10 years. She co-developed the Integral Yoga Stress Management Teacher Training program. She also developed programs on Yoga for balancing the emotions.
Before becoming a Yoga teacher, Vidyananda worked as a broadcast news producer and reporter. Since 1983 she has produced and edited dozens of Yoga Videos, audios and DVD’s for Integral Yoga including the best-selling Yoga with a Master with Swami Satchidananda. Vidyananda is featured in the audios and videos: Yoga for Stress Management, Hatha Yoga Class for the Emotions, and the best-selling Deep Relaxation and Guided Visualization for Healing. Vidyananda founded the Integral Yoga Teachers Association, and served as Chairperson of the Integral Yoga Teachers Council.
Swami Vidyananda has been active in the Interfaith movement. She trained as an Interfaith Chaplain at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. She has produced videos featuring religious leaders of every tradition sharing their teachings. She organized and participated in many interfaith services in the USA and Canada.
Vidyananda’s wisdom and heartfelt enthusiasm have made her one of Integral Yoga’s widely travelled teachers. She has a practical approach to Yoga and spirituality, making it real for everyday life.
Swami Vidyananda lives and teaches at Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville, in Buckingham Virginia. She continues to travel widely, teaching and lecturing.