Yoga Research Foundation, Inc.
Founded in 1962 as the Sanatan Dharma Mandir in Puerto
Rico by Swami Jyotirmayananda. The headquarters moved to
suburban Miami in 1969 as the International Yoga Society. It
adopted its present name in the 1980s. Swami Jyotirmayananda
is a disciple of Swami Sivananda Saraswati. He has been assisted
by Swami Lalitananda (Leonora Rego), vice president of
the foundation.
The foundation publishes books, cassettes, and study
courses on yoga and Hindu philosophy, and a monthly magazine
called International Yoga Guide. Swami Jyotirmayananda is
Yoga International Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed.
an authority on the little-known Hindu scripture Yoga-Vasishtha
Maharamayana, upon which he comments regularly in the magazine.
He has lectured widely, participated in SpanishEnglish
radio programs, and appeared on television.
Branches of the Yoga Research Foundation exist throughout
the world. Swami Jyotirmayananda’s ashram in Loni, near
New Delhi, India, publishes the Hindi Journal Yogajali, as well
as numerous Hindi translations of Swami Jyotirmayananda’s
books. Ashram members assist those in need through a medical
clinic, and also further the education of children through the
Bal Divya Jyoti Public School.
Devotees of Swami Jyotirmayananda have turned his ancestral
home of Ananda Bhavan in Dumari (Bihar, India) into a
spiritual center. The project provides the village of Dumari
Buzurg with a school for children, library, satsang hall, and
technical workshop. Women are taught hygiene, nutrition, and
home economics. The project is designed to affect the economic,
ethical, cultural, and spiritual life of the village.
The foundation is an international organization, dedicated
to ‘‘elevating the consciousness, alleviating suffering and enriching
the lives of all humanity’’ through integral yoga (Sivananda’s
system integrating hatha yoga with the four major traditional
yogas raja, bhakti, karma, and jnana), providing ‘‘a
basis for upgrading the cultural growth of humanity while
bringing about a worldwide level of social and religious harmony.’’
Regular classes teaching yoga, Vedanta, and Indian philosophy
are conducted from the center. A Yoga Research Foundation
catalog of books and cassettes, and subscriptions to the
International Yoga Guide can be obtained by writing to 6111 SW
74th Ave., South Miami, FL 33143. Website http
Yoga Research Foundation Home Page.
March 8, 2000.