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Swami Karunananda

Master Teacher | Teacher Trainer | Monastic | Author

Swami Karunananda

Integral Yoga



  • Raja Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Pranayama

Yogaville, VA




Swami Karunananda has had over 40 years experience teaching all aspects of Yoga. Today, she specializes in programs that focus on the science of meditation, the philosophy of Yoga, yogic breathing techniques for better health and healing, personal transformation, and attuning to divine guidance. In 1989 she developed a Raja Yoga Teacher Training program and in 1991, a Meditation Teacher Training program and has since conducted many courses training students to skillfully impart these teachings.

Swami Karunananda served as president of Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville in Virginia and in California, as well as director of the Integral Yoga Institutes in San Francisco and in Santa Barbara. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees, and as the chairperson of the Spiritual Life Board at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, Virginia.

Interested in fostering interfaith understanding and harmony, she is featured in the interfaith documentary entitled, With One Voice. She also compiled and edited the Lotus Prayer Book, a collection of prayers from various faith traditions, and Enlightening Tales as told by Sri Swami Satchidananda. She served as contributing editor for The Breath of Life: Integral Yoga Pranayama, as well as a senior writer for Integral Yoga Magazine. In her book, Awakening: Aspiration to Realization Through Integral Yoga, she describes the spiritual path and provides guidance for the journey.

Awakening: Aspiration to Realization through Integral Yoga

In Awakening: Aspiration to Realization through Integral Yoga, Swami Karunananda explores the wisdom teachings of Yoga that provide a roadmap for this journey.

The Yamas and Niyamas: Aparigraha (Non-Greed)

If you’ve ever taken a class with Swami Karunananda, you know that she is a Raja Yoga master teacher and a fantastic storyteller.

Enlightened Eating

The ancient yogis noted that the universe goes through cycles of potentiality and manifestation, similar to the speculations of modern-day physicists about an oscillating universe. 

Breath: The Subtle Connection

Often in life, we overlook the value of the simple and familiar: a kind word, a helping hand, a timely smile. Such everyday gestures impart meaning and a sense of connectedness as we wend our way through time and space. 

Popular Lecture Topics

  • Raja Yoga: The Perennial Wisdom of Yoga
  • Yoga Sutras: The Foundation of Yoga Philosophy
  • Yamas and Niyamas: The Foundation of Spiritual Life
  • Meditation: Aspiration to Realization
  • Yogic Breathing: The Breath of Life
  • Integral Yoga: Pathway to Awakening