Amrit Desai
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Amrit Desai (born October 16, 1932) is a Yoga master who founded the Kripalu Center and currently oversees the Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, Florida, located in the Ocala National Forest.


Desai was born in the state of Gujarat in India in 1932. At the age of 16 he began training with his guru, Swami Kripalvananda.

In 1960, he went to the United States to study art in Philadelphia. While pursuing an art and design career in the United States, he also taught hatha yoga. In 1966, Yogi Desai founded the Yoga Society of Pennsylvania, a nonprofit organization providing yoga classes and training for yoga teachers. The name of the Society was later changed to Kripalu, in honor of Swami Kripalvandanda. During his time with the Fellowship, Yogi Desai developed the yogic system popularly referred to as Kripalu Yoga.

 

After concluding that "holistic health" would be "an effective way to introduce yoga to people who needed it but were not yet open to its more traditional forms", in 1979 Desai started the Kripalu Center for Holistic Health in Lenox, Massachusetts. The organization continues to operate in Stockbridge, Massachusetts as a nonprofit entity under the name Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.


Desai was married to Urmila Desai, who was co-author (with Amadea Morningstar) of The Ayurvedic Cookbook (1990, Lotus Press, ISBN 978-0914955061). She died in 2006 at the age of 69.

 



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