International yoga and meditation teacher, author and yoga_mentor
I'm Swami Saradananda; welcome to my website. Currently the ‘Flying Mountain’ has come to rest in London. People often ask me where I got the name. I see it as a combination of all the elements: the earth/solidity of the mountain itself, the water of the rivers flowing down its sides, the fire of the sun, air/wind represented by the wings, and space by the action of flying. This seems to express what I do. After spending time focusing on my personal practice in the Himalayas, I now try to ground myself in a sadhana of teaching and writing.
Flying Mountain Yoga is my attempt to bring the Wisdom of the Himalayas to you. These are ancient teachings for a modern lifestyle. My goal is to inspire you to want to practise yoga and meditation. I try to make my classes and books practical as well as theoretical in nature. I hope you will find them enlightening and inspiring!
I was born in New York, live in London, have an Indian name and my grandmother was Polish. Having lived and worked in India, England, U.S.A., Canada, Germany, Spain and the Bahamas, I am currently based in London, which can easily be confused with Mumbai if you arrive at Heathrow airport at 5am – or wander into Southall.
For more than 26 years I worked with the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and ran yoga centres in New York, London, New Delhi and the Himalayas. In addition to teaching yoga, I've also worked as a spice merchant, magazine editor, olive picker, cookbook writer and pilgrimage leader. Now I teach and write about yoga - and occasionaly guide people around India.
I'm the author of a number of books, including "The Power of Breath", "Chakra Meditation", "The Essential Guide to Chakras", "Yoga Mind and Body", "Relax and Unwind with Yoga" and "Mudras for Modern Life". "The Power of Breath" has recently been re-issued in its third edition with enhanced artwork. I also have my own blog and write for Elephant Journal and Watkins Publishing.
After returning from an extended period of personal practice in the Himalayas, I was the “author in residence” at the Peacemaker Community in Western Massachusetts, then went on to be the spiritual director of Haus Yoga Vidya, just outside of Cologne, Germany. For the past few years, I live in London, but spend several months each year teaching in various parts of the world or wandering around India and visiting friends. Currently I'm also working on an MA in 'Traditions of Yoga and Meditation' at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London).
I call myself a 'free-lance yogi'. Perhaps I inherited some of my wandering impulses from my teacher Swami Vishnu-devananda, who was known as the "flying swami' - mainly because he had a pilot's license and used it to promote world peace as well as inner peace.