In the 1960s a handful of men came to the United States from India, introducing yoga to the West, and thus began the yoga craze that has grown to include 27 million people in the U.S. alone. Yogi Amrit Desai is one of the earliest arrivals and the last living Master of Yoga from that initial wave. He has been repeatedly honored with titles such as Doctor of Yoga Science, Jagadacharya and Grand Master of Yoga along with a wide variety of awards from both the East and West for his pioneering work with Yoga, Yoga Nidra, quantum breath meditation and Yoga Therapy.


Yogi Desai is globally recognized for creating a unique approach to the practice of yoga which he first developed as Kripalu Yoga and later refined into Amrit Yoga, a combination of Hatha (physical) and Raja (meditative) yoga. It is due to his more than 53 years of dedication to teaching the true form of Yoga that the Council for Yoga Accreditation International has honored Yogi Desai and the Amrit Yoga Institute as one of the founding Member Institutions, and currently the only Yoga Institute with International Accreditation in the U.S.

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