Jyotir Maya Nanda, Swami (1931-)

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Jyotir Maya Nanda, Swami (1931-)

Disciple of the late Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, India, now president of Yoga Research Foundation of Miami, Florida. Jyotir Maya Nanda was born February 3, 1931, in Dumari Buzurg, District Saran, Bihar, India, and educated at the Science College of Patna University. He became a renunciate at age 22 and served as a religious professor at the Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh for nine years. He lectured on yoga and Vedanta and also edited the journal Yoga Vedanta.

In 1962, at the invitation of Swami Lalitananda (formerly Leonora Rego), also a disciple of Swami Sivananda, Jyotir Maya Nanda moved to Puerto Rico to head the Temple of the Eternal Religion of India. In 1969 he moved with Swami Lalitananda to Miami as head of the International School of Yoga, now reformed as the Yoga Research Foundation. The foundation has issued a number of publications on yoga and Hindu philosophy, as well as tape recordings and study courses.


Jyotir Maya Nanda, Swami. The Way to Liberation. Miami, Fla.: Swami Lalitananda, 1976.

. Yoga Can Change Your Life. Miami, Fla.: International Yoga Society, 1975.

. Yoga in Life. Miami, Fla.: The Author, 1973.

. Yoga Vasistha. Miami, Fla.: Yoga Research Society, 1977.