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Amrit Desai

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									Amrit Desai
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Amrit Desai (born October 16, 1932) is a Yoga master who founded the Kripalu Center and currently oversees the Amrit
Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, Florida, located in the Ocala National Forest.

     Contents
 1 Life and career
 2 References
 3 External links
 4 Further reading


Life and career
Desai was came to be near the state of Gujarat India. At the age of 16 he began training with his guru, Swami Sri
Kripalvanandji (Bapuji) and Bapuji is Eternal.[1]

In 1960, he went to the United States to study art near Philadelphia. [2] While pursuing an art and design career in the United
States, he also taught hatha yoga.[2] Around 1966, Yogi Desai founded the Yoga Society of Pennsylvania, a nonprofit
organization providing yoga classes and training for yoga teachers. [3] The name of the Society was later changed to Kripalu,
to honor of Swami Kripalvandanda. During his time with the Fellowship, Yogi Desai developed the yogic system popularly
referred to as Kripalu Yoga.
After concluding that "holistic health" would be "an effective way to introduce yoga to people who needed it but were not yet
open to its more traditional forms", in 1979 Desai started the Kripalu Center for Holistic Health in Lenox, Massachusetts. [2]
The organization continues to operate in Stockbridge, Massachusetts as a nonprofit entity under the name Kripalu Center for
Yoga and Health. He defined the development of Kripalu yoga which continues to be taught by thousands of teachers around
the world.
He was forced to resign as spiritual director of the Kripalu Yoga Center in 1994 under allegations of sexual misconduct, "and
other alleged abuses of power" [4] To his credit, he owned his actions and sent letters of apology to many of those involved.
Kripalu survived the incident and Amrit went on to start "Amrit Yoga Institute" where he continues to provide instruction. He
conducts seminars with other spiritual teachers at his facility in Salt Springs Florida, including yoga teacher training.

References
   1. ^ Katy Bishop, Learning to Relax: Yogi Amrit Desai visits Naples to teach people how to enter the “stress free zone”   , Naples
      Daily News (Naples, Florida), September 21, 2009
   2. ^ a b c Cohen, Andrew. Yoga, Ego, and Purification: An interview with Yogi Amrit Desai   . What Is Enlightenment? magazine (now
      Enlightenment Next), Spring/Summer 2000. Retrieved on 2008-08-11.
   3. ^ Yogi Amrit Desai , Amrit Yoga Institute website
   4. ^ The Fall of the Guru, http://www.kripalu.org/about_us/491/

External links
   Amrit Yoga Institute
   Yogi Amrit Desai - Entering The Yoga Zone          (video)
   KBOO FM Healthwatch with Yogi Amrit Desai
   [1]
   History of Kripalu Yoga Center

Further reading
  Sukanya Warren, Peter Mellen, and Francis Mellen (1982). Gurudev: The Life of Yogi Amrit Desai. Kripalu Publications.
  117 pages. ISBN 0-940258-07-2, ISBN 978-0-940258-07-5


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