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Yogrishi Vishvketu, Himalayan Yoga Master
&
Co-founder Akhanda Yoga

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The co-founder of Akhanda Yoga, Yogrishi Vishvketu began his journey as a student and practitioner of Hatha and Raja yoga and the Vedic healing arts as a child in northern India.

From the age of 8, Vishva-ji studied Vedic wisdom at Kanvashram in the foothills of the Himalayas. He went on to attain a Bachelor’s degree with a specialization in yoga and its use in optimizing athletic performance, followed by an M.A. and Ph.D. in Yoga philosophy at Gurukul Kangri, the Philosophy university of Haridwar. Vishva-ji then moved to Yoga Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh seeking advanced teachings, while teaching and inspiring students from around the world to live the yogic life with joy and dedication.

AFTER MANY YEARS TEACHING INTERNATIONALLY,
VISHVA-JI CO-FOUNDED ANAND PRAKASH YOGA ASHRAM TRUST IN TAPOVAN.

Key influences

Yogrishi Vishvketu met Baba Prem Nath while at Hariyana Agricultural University in 1993. Vishva remembers: “Baba Prem Nath’s energy was immediate and so wide open and I felt something shift in my consciousness upon meeting him, so asked if I could learn from him.” He was open to teaching his young student about the pranas. Since Vishva was in sports college, he focused on the physical practice for 4 hours each day and felt that something was missing. It was then that Baba Prem Nath appeared and taught Vishva about the major sources of pran: the breath, the food we ingest, the environment we occupy, connection with the higher self through meditation, the practice of unconditional love, the individual’s flow of creativity, and devotional practices. He used to say, “your pran is like different colours of paint and you are the painter.

Vishva: “I remember as a boy seeing Baba Hari Nam at my gurukul sitting in meditation since 3 am, his spine stalk straight even at 80. In my 20s, I realized the wealth of knowledge he had about Nad Yog, Ayurveda and its remedies. Shortly before his death at 105, we were searching to see him again, and found him staying at the home of a fabric merchant in a small village reached through dusty roads filled with potholes and lumbering sugar-cane filled bullock carts. He had been brought there at 105 to heal the merchant’s son. We spoke together and mediated together. It was the only time I remember him looking even slightly world-weary.

And yet, still in service and simplicity at 105! By his example, Baba Hari Nam taught incredible humility, discipline, and commitment to the Yogic and Ayurvedic arts of healing, community and self-realization.

Seeds of Akhanda

Vishva-ji went on to an M.A. and Ph.D. in Yoga Philosophy at Gurukul Kangri, the University of Haridwar. He then moved to the reknown Yoga Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, seeking advanced teachings in pranayama and Hatha Yoga advanced kriyas from Yogi Nath, while teaching and inspiring students from around the world to live the yogic life with joy and dedication. He moved to Canada in 2001 and began to teach, bringing a passion for yoga and his fun-loving nature to the classes.
A core group of students from his Yoga Niketan days were there to support him and his vision including Robin ( Prem Sagar) from Canada, Piero (Pranav) from Italy, and Celeste (Radhika) also from Canada, and later Erin (Divya) from Canada and Etsuko (Eesha) from Japan.

From his years living in sadhana and intensive Gayatri mantra anustana in Rishikesh, Yogrishi Vishvketu was already carrying the view of Vasudhev Kutumbhakkam – the whole world is one family. As a new immigrant in Canada, Vishva-ji began to teach in government offices in Ottawa, Canada’s capital. Soon there were yoga classes taught by the “yogi who laughs” in Transport Canada, the Public Service Commission, Immigration Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and the National Research Council.
In October 2003, he released an instructional DVD entitled Moving into Bliss with Yoga, presenting a holistic and balanced sequence of asana and pranayama techniques in a harmonious and meditative flow set to classical.

Akhanda Yoga

In the West, as people turn towards holistic health, contemplative traditions, meditation systems and a meaningful life, they are discovering that yoga has much more to offer than just fitness.
To help students on their journey to becoming whole beings, physically and emotionally healthy, and tapping into the grace in their lives, Vishva-ji offers holistic yoga teachings that provide students with insights into the diverse aspects of the yoga legacy, and not simply asana. Akhanda Yoga classes encourage participants to explore all aspects of the diverse tradition of yoga: satkarma, asana, pranayama, Vedic mantra, kirtan, and meditation, as well as to contemplate various traditions in yoga philosophy, such as Yoga Darshan (the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali).

And yet, Yogrishi Vishvketu’s classes are not too heady – often his laughter peels out through the hall, launching students into a spontaneous round of laughter yoga. His message is balance: yoga is discipline and surrender, effort and fun!
Akhanda Yoga Teacher Training programs are registered by the Yoga Alliance at the 200- and 300-hour levels. Graduates may be found teaching yoga in schools, universities, hospitals, government ministries, community and yoga centers around the world; in Canada, the US, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Hungary, Morocco, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Japan and India.

Akhanda Yoga

(WORLD CONSCIOUS YOGA FAMILY)
159 Third Ave., Apt. 2
ottawa, ontario k1s 2j9
canada
phone: +1 802 223 6130
e-mail: info@akhandayoga.com
We are located in eastern standard time
— same time zone as New York, please allow 48 hours to receive a reply

Anand Prakash

(WORLD CONSCIOUS YOGA FAMILY)
159 Third Ave., Apt. 2
ottawa, ontario k1s 2j9
canada
phone: +1 802 223 6130
e-mail: info@akhandayoga.com
We are located in eastern standard time
— same time zone as New York, please allow 48 hours to receive a reply