Acharya Chandramani Arya

Acharya Chandramani (PhD) - scholar in philosophy & Vedic Scriptures, Vedic and classical Sanskrit language, expert in meditation and relaxation, founding & spiritual director of the Yoga Vidya Mandiram, Rishikesh.

Acharya Chandramani was born in a traditional spiritual (brahmin) family. From his early age, he was naturally inclined and interested in following the traditional spiritual practices and learning of the Vedas. At 8 years of age, he became a serious practitioner of the yogic principles of Swetambara Jaina tradition. Later he was initiated into the Vedic Sanskrit tradition by Rev. Swami Vivekananda, the founder of Gurukul Prabhat Ashram, UP, India. Acharyaji was fully dedicated to the teachings and daily discipline of this traditional Sanskrit gurukulam from childhood to adulthood. He also practiced yoga and physical yogic postures and later, in 2004, was initiated by H.H. Swami Veda Bharati at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, Rishikesh India, into meditative lineage of Yoga as passed down by Swami Rama of the Himalayas.  

In his pursuit of academic education, he acquired a bachelor and master degrees in Sanskrit Literature and PhD in a well-known Yoga & Vedanta scripture known as Yoga-Vashishtha from Uttarakhand Sanskrit University. Acharyaji also holds 500 E-RYT and RCYT & YACEP from Yoga Alliance USA. He served as a fulltime traditional scholar and yoga guide at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, Rishikesh from 2004 until 2018. He has been guiding worldwide yoga students into the Vedic Sanskrit literature and its philosophy and holding yoga retreats, yoga teacher trainings and yoga seminars for more than 25 years. 

Apart from his teaching interests, he finds his passion for writing on practical philosophy of life and for sharing his personal experiences. He has authored several books including “Insights into Yoga Psychology”, and “World Peace Prayers”. He also has been the editor of several publications including “The Unadorned Thread of Yoga: The Yoga-sutra of Patanjali”. As a lifetime dedicated practitioner, Acharyaji initiated into social welfare to serve humanity through his traditional knowledge and personal experiences.

Currently, he is serving at a yoga and meditation centre as Founding Director of Yoga Vidya Mandiram, Rishikesh, India and Chiang Mai, Thailand.

“I have a vision to provide yoga to every individual, irrespective of caste, creed or religion, at no cost.  Just as the sun and air is freely available to all of us, the ancient wisdom of yoga should be a birth right.”   – Archarya Chandramaniji.  

Acharya Chandramani believes in the natural flow of life and trusts what it brings for each of us. He trusts that all things are lead and guided by a divine force and he does his best with what life brings each day.  He starts his day with meditation for a centered and peaceful state of the mind to welcome the day and to bring presence and mindfulness to his actions throughout the day.  Not only does he love to share his vast Vedic knowledge with his students, he also brings the ancient philosophy that he learnt since childhood into his daily life through constant contemplation and translating it into mindful speech, thoughts and actions.