An educational initiative of the international Bhakti Yoga community Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, the Bhakti Yoga Institute is a dynamic charitable educational project based in West London that seeks to develop and facilitate the education and practice of Bhakti Yoga in the UK.
The Institute sets forth a holistic and edifying curriculum, which includes: meditation, philosophy, language classes, and vegetarian cooking classes, which cater to individuals at all ages and levels of experience.
The Institute warmly welcomes people of all ages, ethnicities, and faiths to visit and learn about the practices and precepts of Bhakti Yoga.
The Vedic scriptures compare our spiritual potential to a seed, which if nourished and cared for in the right environment will blossom into a beautiful flowering creeper.
Here at the Bhakti Yoga Institute we recognise that inner potential within the heart of all, and seek to awaken it in an intimate, family environment. Through an integrated and balanced curriculum of philosophy and practical activities, we encourage the natural expression of thought, creativity, love, and service, and offer all the opportunity to experience the joy of being a loving contributor to the centre within an organic, dynamic, and supportive whole.
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. We have younger members with fresh enthusiasm, older with extensive practical experience, both male and female instructors of a variety of ethnicities, and between us we speak about a dozen different languages.
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.
Born and raised in England, our assistant manager Lavanya Devi has been serving full-time in bhakti yoga for over twenty years. Mainly responsible for the fundraising side of things, she is 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.