Yoga means practices for progress in life, practices for sympathetic and harmonious dealings with nature.” —Swami B.S. Govinda
To awaken, empower, and educate all with the non-sectarian principles and practices of Bhakti Yoga.
Through community engagement, outreach, and education, we make Bhakti Yoga as accessible to as many people as possible in order to enrich and inspire them, and ultimately enable them to lead more fulfilled lives.
To awaken the inherent spiritual potential of all.
To this end we emphasise:
- The central teaching that we are all eternal spiritual beings who exist to serve and love in harmony with the whole
- The central practice of kirtan, the congregational, unified chanting of God’s names
- The central values of humility, tolerance, respect
And strive to inspire, enlighten, and nurture others individually and collectively through:
- The discussion, study, and application of bhakti principles
- Assisting persons in developing and expressing their potential
- Providing a sanctuary and sense of community for members and visitors
- Reciprocating with others in a loving manner
- Demonstrating the principles of bhakti in our personal behaviour
To empower all to lead more fulfilled lives.
To this end we provide practical services for:
- Food relief for the underprivileged
- Informal counselling
- Activities and training which support the overall wellbeing
- Home visits
- Retreats to centres abroad
To educate all in the teachings of the Vedic dharma, in particular as distilled by Lord Chaitanya, and in this way to benefit society and also preserve and propagate the wealth of ancient India.
To this end we:
- Hold classes and events on the teachings
- Publish and distribute literature and discourses in a variety of media
- Provide training and workshops on Vedic practices and traditions
- Reach out by holding events and working with educational and alternative establishments
- Put emphasis on the care and education of our youth
We are blessed to have a talented, inspired, and experienced staff of a variety of backgrounds, well-suited to meet the needs of persons from all walks of life. All our team members are also full-time volunteers, wholly dedicated to the cause!
Mother of three and manager of the Bhakti Yoga Institute, Saraswati Devi has been practising bhakti yoga for almost thirty years. Originally from Venezuela, she has also lived in Sweden and India in addition to England. With great practical experience she leads the Institute with a warm hands-on and dynamic approach.
Although one of our youngest members, Ramananda is one of the most qualified and is currently serving as the assistant manager. Originally from Latvia, Ramananda has been with us about six years now and is known for his sensitivity and humble nature.
Born and raised in England, Lavanya Devi is one of our senior advisors and has been serving full-time in bhakti yoga for over twenty years. Mainly responsible for the fundraising side of things, she is also attentive to and selflessly on call for every aspect of the Institute’s running.
Some of our regular bhakti yoga instructors
Originally from the USA, Swami B.V. Nyasi has also lived in England and spent extensive periods in India. With almost fifty years experience in bhakti yoga and having raised a devoted family in the teachings, he has a great wealth of experience to share and unique warmth in his approach.
Swami B.K. Tyagi joined our bhakti yoga community in USA and later spent over five years living at our centre in West Bengal, India. Today he travels worldwide sharing the teachings of bhakti and is known for his fresh, modern approach and youthful enthusiasm.
Born and raised in England, Devashis came in touch with the bhakti tradition from a young age and has been practising for over forty years. The secretary of our English mission, Devashis is known for his profound and eloquent explanations of bhakti principles.
Of African-American and English descent, Vishakha Devi was born to a family of bhakti-yoga practitioners and has been travelling the world since her childhood. Having lived for ten years in India, she is now based at our centre in London and shares the wealth she has gained through her valuable life-experience.
Originally from Holland, Sachi Devi has been practising bhakti yoga for over thirty years. She has been living in England full-time devoted to our bhakti yoga mission for over twenty years and is known for her patience, compassion, and motherly affection for all.