Yogi Gupta a.k.a
“Yoga is especially necessary at this point in time, when life appears especially confusing and filled with tension, stress and distractions. It helps one to slow down in life and re-align oneself with the harmony of the universe and find peace within. It will help diminish cravings and bad habits, and bring you a disease-free body, a balanced mind, radiant health and long life. Yoga brings very special results. It is the door-opener to intuitive knowledge and Eternal Bliss.” ~ Yogi Gupta
Sri Swami Kailashananda, also known as Yogi Gupta, entered Mahasamadhi (final conscious exit from the body at the time of physical death) on May 6, 2011 in India. He was the Guru of Sri Dharma Mittra and his wife, Ismrittee Devi, as well as countless others.
Yogi Gupta was the third great yoga master to come to the United States to disseminate the teachings of the Vedas. (The first was Swami Vivekananda in 1899, the second H.H. Paramahansa Yogananda in 1920.)
In 1954, Yogi Gupta was invited to speak at a health convention in Chicago, and then began teaching in America. He later established the first Hatha Yoga institution in the U.S. in New York City. He also established the Kailashananda Mission and Nature Cure Center in Rishikesh, India in 1952. It has been in continuous operation ever since. Yogi Gupta was a gifted Ayurvedic physician and did consultations right up until the very end of his life.
Sri Swami Kailashananda was born in Kanpur in Northern India in 1913 and was a contemporary and friend of Mahatma Gandhi. He practiced law before renouncing worldly life and being ordained as a monk in the holy city of Varanasi. He practiced yoga and austerities in the solitude of the Himalayas for many years, mastering the nine forms of yoga: Raja, Kundalini, Bhakti, Mantra, Tantra, Yantra, Jnana, Karma and Hatha. He served as a doctor at the Forest Health Clinic at the Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh before establishing his own Ashrams. Over the years, he made countless trips back-and-forth between his Ashrams in India and America to serve his students.
He was an advocate of a live-food diet long before it became fashionable. In 1969, a lecture he gave in New York was recorded on Yogic Food Concepts. He also recorded a Kirtan album and authored two books: Yoga and Long Life and Yoga and Yogic Powers.
Yogi Gupta often said that Sri Dharma Mittra was doing his work for him in America. Sri Dharma Mittra completed his world famous “Master Yoga Chart of 908 Yoga Postures” in 1984. He dedicated it to his beloved Guru.