Swami Ambikananda Saraswati is a Hindu woman monastic based in Berkshire in the UK. She began her spiritual studies at the age of twenty, when she met her guru Swami Venkatesananda, a world-renowned Himalayan monk. Swami Venkatesananda trained her in Yoga and Vedanta, encouraging her to study the inner meaning of Sanskrit scriptures by seeking their spiritual and mystical truths. This became the basis of her method of interpretive translation and teaching Yoga philosophy and meditation.
Swami Ambikananda's main focus as a monastic is the mystical journey and how that is often at odds with religion and orthodoxy.
In 1998 Swami Ambikananda was initiated into the ancient order of Saraswati by Swami Chidadanda, President of the Divine Life Society.
Swami Ambikananda teaches Yoga, as well as being a certified Chinese Medicine Practitioner and a much sought-after Jyotish (Vedic astrologer).
She is the founder of The Traditional Yoga Association®, an educational charity which seeks to translate, study, understand and express in today's world the traditional vision, values and practices that have sustained Yoga across millennia. The TYA educates Yoga teachers and offers courses on particular aspects and applications of Yoga.
Swami Ambikananda's publications include 'Principles of Breathwork', 'Healing Yoga' and 'Age with Spirit', as well as translations from the Sanskrit of The 'Katha Upanishad' and 'The Uddhava Gita'. The most recent publications are a CD Audiobook of her reading The Katha Upanishad with a New Introduction, and a CD of guided Yoga Morning and Evening Meditations.
Find her blog at www.swamiambikananda.com.