“Ashram culture is going to be a panacea for the people of this modern era

because it will provide them with a positive environment to explore that seed of creativity

which is dormant within them.”


– Paramhamsa Swami Satyananda

The past few years have seen a tremendous change in people’s views and attitude

towards yoga. From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a layperson, the need for yoga in achieving a balanced personal and societal life has been recognized. This was envisioned by Pujya Guru Dev Paramahamsa Swami Satyananda Saraswati where decades ago he said, ‘Yoga is the heritage of the past and the culture of tomorrow’. Shiv Darshan Yoga Vidyalaya stands as a shining legacy of this vision

Discover Who We Are and Our Commitment

About Us

Shiv Darshan Yoga Vidyalaya, was founded on July 14th, 1992 on the auspicious day of Guru Poornima by the grace of Pujya Guru Dev Paramahamsa Satyananda and registered on Oct 28th 1992 with the great help of Swami Vajrapani Saraswati, the senior most sannyasi of Bihar school of Yoga. The new Ashram building in Chennai was inaugurated by Paramacharya Swami Niranjananda Saraswati of Bihar School of Yoga on August 1, 1999 .

Shiv Darshan Yoga Vidyalaya is a non-profitable charitable trust run by group of trustees and headed by Swami Vajrapani Saraswati (Founder) and Swami Gambhirananda Saraswati(Acharya)

In this fast-paced world, people are losing touch with a balanced, traditional way of life, and are finding comfort in junk foods, mindless entertainment, and overindulgence of senses. The ashram strives to instil and develop personal values, harmony, and mindful living through asanas, relaxation techniques and meditation. The ashram takes every auspicious day as a chance to spread cheer, goodness, and peace in the society.


In order to create trainers and therapist who are proficient in traditional yogic methods and have a scientific understanding of diseases, the ashram conducts Teachers Training programme in Yoga Therapy at regular intervals. The first batch of Yoga Teacher Training was conducted in 1997 and continues till date. This programme continues to be popular among students who pursue yoga academically as well as the general public who wish to learn and apply yogic approach towards disease prevention and cure.

Engaging Activities and Impactful Outreach Programs

Activities and Outreach Programs

Swami Vajrapaniji and Swami Gambhiranandaji of Shiv Darshan Yoga Vidyalaya have been invited speakers to various seminars, yoga workshops, and yoga and health camps held at various universities, schools and private institutions across India. 


Both the Swamis have spearheaded social initiatives such as personality development courses for children, medical checkups, relaxation and meditation workshops (Yoga Nidra, Chakra Meditation, Trataka, Ajapa Japa sessions), stress management through yoga, and field trips to Thiruvannamalai Ashram. The ashram over the past years has taken several efforts to undertake outreach programmes to meet the needs of various segments of society. 


During 11th to 20th July 2005, about 400 village health nurses were trained to offer health care solutions through yogic practice. During August 2012, yoga training was given to children of various Vivekananda Schools at Chennai.

Dignitaries at SDYV

VIP Dignitaries at Shiv Darshan Yoga Vidyalaya

  • Several important dignitaries and spiritual gurus have visited the ashram and graced special occasions, including Mr Yashvanth Sinha (former Minister of Finance) who visited ashram, Chennai in 2004 and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who visited the Thiruvannamalai ashram on 6th August 2009. 
  • On March 10th, 1999, Chidanandji Maharaj – chief disciple of Swami Sivananda Maharaj – from Rishikesh visited ashram for lighting the Akhanda jyoti. 
  • It has also been a great privilege and honour to bring the paduka of our revered His Holiness Swami Sivananda Maharaj to Shiv Darshan Yoga Vidyalaya, Chennai, from Rishikesh in October 2000.
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Swami Vajrapaniji and Gambhiranandaji

About Founders

Swami Vajrapani Saraswati is the founder of the establishment and Swami Gambhirananda Saraswati is the Acharya and holds the chair of managing trustee. 


Both Swami Vajrapaniji and Swami Gambhiranandaji are direct disciples of Paramhamsa Swami Satyananda Saraswati and are closely associated with Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati. They were honoured with the title of ‘Golden Swamiji’ at the World Yoga Convention of Bihar School of Yoga, Munger in 2013. 


With a vision of making Swami Satyananda Saraswati’s mission to ‘spread yoga door to door and shore to shore’ a reality, Shiv Darshan Yoga Vidyalaya has reached the proud milestone of more than 30 years of its establishment and continues to spread the message of yogic way of life among the different sections of the society.



With the great efforts of  Swami Gambhirananda Saraswati and her team, Shiv darshan yoga vidyalaya has been recognized by Govt. of India as Yoga Therapy and Research Institute, since 2002.


Shiv Darshan Yoga Vidyalaya stands out as a unique institution in Chennai where yoga is taught in ashram environment. The various activities of the ashram includes yogic research and teaching, and spiritual practice – enable people of different walks of life and different age groups to experience an all-around wellness . 

honoring our gurus

Guru Parampara


The greatest Yogi of modern times, Born on 8th Sep.1887, at Pattamadai, Tamilnadu. He was a Doctor by profession, practiced at Malaysia. He renounced his practice and established ‘The Divine Life Society’ in the year 1936 and Forest Academy in 1948. He had authored over 200 books. Swami Sivananda attained Mahasamadhi at Rishikesh in the year 1963.



He was Born in the Himalayan foothills in the year 1923. He Joined Guru Sw. Sivananda in the year 1923. Swami Satyananda founded Bihar School of Yoga (BSY) in Munger in the year 1963. He has also founded Sivananda Math and Yoga Research foundation (YRF), Munger in 1984. He has authored over 80 Books. He has trained householders and sannyasins in both India and abroad. Swami Satyananda attained maha samadhi in the year 2009


SWAMI VAJRAPANI SARASWATI, Shiv Darshan Yoga Vidyalaya 

Swami Vajrapani Joined Bihar school of Yoga in 1967 and initiated by Swami Satyananda Saraswati in 1969. Swamiji was handling various activities at Bihar school of yoga from that time onwards including construction of  Ganga Darshan building etc. Swami Vajrapani founded Shiv Darshan Yoga Vidyalaya in Chennai in the year 1992 


GAMBHIRANANDA SARASWATI, Shiv Darshan Yoga Vidyalaya 

Swami Gambhirananda saraswati joined Bihar school of yoga in the year 1979 and initiated by Swami Satyananda Saraswati in the year 1983. Swamiji was heading various activities at Bihar School of yoga from that period onwards. Swami Gambhirananda is the Acharya at Shiv Darshan Yoga Vidyalaya and heading all its activities

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