Swami Satyanananda was born at Almora, Uttar Pradesh, in 1923. In 1943 he met Swami Sivananda in Rishikesh and adopted the Dashnami Sannyasa way of life. In 1955 he left his guru's ashram to live as a wandering mendicant and later founded the International Yoga Fellowship in 1963 and the Bihar School of Yoga
in 1964 (Munger, Bihar, India). With an international reputation, he is a great specialist of Yoga and Tantra. Ancient yogic technics such as yoga-nidra, kriya yoga and many other meditation practices have been updated and widely spread throug his teachings. He has created a link between the knowledge of the Rishis, the Sages of India, and contemporary science.
Over the following 20 years he toured internationally and authored over 80 books. In 1987 he founded Shivananda Math, a charitable institution for rural development, and the Yoga Research Foundation. He has retired from all organizations since 1988, living the sadhana he has chosen for himself, enlighted by a timeless and universal vision. He is living kshetra sannyasa and the life of a Paramahamsa.