Since 1960, Gurudev Shri Amritji (Yogi Amrit Desai) has been repeatedly honored for playing a most distinguished role in bringing yoga to the west on a wide scale. Over the past fifty-five years, he has founded some of the largest yoga and health centers in North America, including the Yoga Society of Pennsylvania, Kripalu Yoga Center, and the Amrit Yoga Institute in Florida. More than 8,000 yoga and yoga nidra teachers in over forty-five countries have been certified to teach the inner dimension of yoga that he developed. This dimension provides in-depth healing and powerful therapeutic and transformative benefits that are missing in popular approaches to Hatha yoga.
For his outstanding contributions to the global yoga community, Gurudev has been recognized with the titles “International Grand Yoga Master,” “Doctor of Yoga,” “Jagadacharya,” “Maharishi,” and many more. He has been awarded the “Global Service Award,” “The Patanjali Award,” and the “Vishwa Yoga Ratna” presented by the President of India. In 1992, he was nominated for the “Padma Vibhushan” by the late Prime Minister Shri Chandra Shekhar.
A globally revered spiritual leader, Gurudev Shri Amritji has reached millions through his international trainings, workshops, seminars, and conferences as well as his peace missions to Russia and Israel. His many publications include Kripalu Yoga: Meditation in Motion, Amrit Yoga: Explore, Expand, and Experience the Spiritual Depth of Yoga, and Amrit Yoga and the Yoga Sutras. The recent titles Ancient Wisdom, Modern Master (2012), Love and Bliss: Meditations on the Art of Living (2014), and The Yoga of Relationships (2015) have earned a total of fifteen literary awards from London, Paris, New York, Hollywood, Southern California, Nautilus, the Great Midwest, and Florida book festivals.
In 2000, Gurudev established the Amrit Yoga Institute, a thriving Yoga and Ayurveda center in Salt Springs, Florida, where he currently resides and teaches. To this day, he continues to promote the authentic teachings of yoga worldwide. He is recognized as one of the greatest emissaries of the ancient heritage of India and has made a significant impact upon the history of modern yoga.