Our founder, Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, also known as Ramamurti S. Mishra, M.D., was a highly respected spiritual teacher, master of the Sanskrit language and a prolific author on the science and philosophy of Yoga Vedanta. In 1972, he founded the Yoga Society of San Francisco, also known as Brahmananda Ashram. Our teacher, whom we lovingly called Guruji, taught meditation, Yoga philosophy, Sanskrit, and holistic health until the last day of his life in September of 1993.
The Yoga Society of San Francisco is as a nonprofit organization. Our mission is to foster and promote the education of people to experience the unity of all mankind; to promote self-analysis, to analyze and discover principles of good health as well as mental and spiritual happiness; to discover the causes of disunity and disharmony between person and persons, nation and nations; to promote, encourage and establish unity and harmony.
The major figures of Yoga history in the United States have visited our ashram over the years, including Yogi Bhajan, Swami Satchidananda, Swami Bua, Dr. Lad, Leonard Orr, Swami Nadabrahmananda, Swami Rama, Swami Kriyananda, and Swami Chidananda. Hosting each of them was a great honor. Amma, the hugging saint, made her first U.S. public appearance at the Yoga Society of San Francisco. We had people lined up all the way down and around the block, waiting to get a hug from her.
We are passionate about the practice, about the connection, about the compassion, about the awareness that yoga can, and does, bring us and others every day. Our lives have been changed for the better by yoga.
It can help balance and strengthen us both emotionally and physically. It can motivate us to make better choices in our lives. Yoga can light the way to be more compassionate, more serving, more concerned, more human. Yoga is not exercise, it's a way of life.
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