Program Begins

Nov. 30
Registration will remain open through Dec. 7
For those that register after the start of the program the 1st LIVE session will be available as a recording.

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Sacred Gurudev Stories

with Swami Jyotirmayananda, Swami Priyaananda, E-RYT 500, Swami Murugananda, Swami Karunananda, E-RYT 500 and Revs. Bhagavan and Bhavani Metro

Suggested Donation: $54.00
Your donation helps support the Ashram and production costs.

Tuesdays: Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, and 21

Join four longtime students and devotees of the esteemed spiritual teacher Sri Swami Satchidananda, known affectionately as Gurudev, as they share enlightening personal experiences from their decades spent with a spiritual master. You will be captivated by the fun-filled, revelatory, and transformative stories of the beloved teacher who founded Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville and the system of Integral Yoga.

Sri Gurudev first came to the U.S. in the 1960s, bringing the teachings of Yoga to the West and sharing a message of peace, selfless service, and interfaith understanding. Every encounter with the beloved Swami Satchidananda was a precious moment outside of time that lifted students out of their minds’ limits to experience themselves closer to Divine essence. Put another way, whenever Gurudev entered the room, every molecule of that space was changed forever. This was not just the special privilege of a few disciples. That light of wisdom continues to grace us all, now and into the future. Some of the best Gurudev stories are happening right now or are yet to be experienced.


  • November 30: Swami Jyotima and Swami Priyaananda
  • December 7: Swami Murugananda
  • December 14: Revs. Bhagavan and Bhavani Metro
  • December 21: Swami Karunananda (recorded session live-streamed)

Live sessions on Tuesdays from 7:30–8:45 pm ET.

You will have access to the video recordings. 

In addition, you will have access to the Ashram’s Hatha Yoga classes at 5 pm ET and access to an online social community to connect and communicate with other participants about this course. 


Treat yourself to living legends of Integral Yoga who studied at the feet of my Guru and their Guru Swami Satchidananda. — Manorama Rakhmanov

I was delighted that the sessions were recorded and I must say that I have enjoyed every minute of listening to them. Some of the stories I listened to more than once. Thank you for offering us the opportunity to hear beloved stories with Sri Swami Satchidananda. I enjoyed my experience to the nth degree! The stories have always drawn me into learning more about Sri Gurudev. — J.G.

These stories were so great—funny and inspiring and thought-provoking. Since I never met Gurudev, it is wonderful to hear these memories from someone who was with him for so long and who loves to laugh, Thank you! — Past Participant

As I have never been blessed to meet Gurudev in person, these stories gave me personal insights into what it was like to interact and be in his presence. — S.J. 


  1. 1
    • Student Walkthrough – How to Navigate this Course

    • Welcome to Sacred Gurudev Stories

    • Resources, Materials, and Assistance

    • LIVE – Satsang with talk by Special Guest 7:30–9:30 pm ET — Join us on Saturday

    • LIVE – Sunday Q&A with Special Guest Speaker – 2–3 pm ET

    • Sacred Gurudev Stories Community Page

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    • Evening Sadhana

    • LIVE – Session 1 with Swami Jyotima – 7:30–8:45 pm ET

  3. 3
    • Evening Sadhana

    • LIVE – Session 2 with Swami Murugananda – 7:30–8:45 pm ET

  4. 4
    • Evening Sadhana

    • LIVE – Session 3 with Revs. Bhagavan and Bhavani Metro – 7:30–8:45 pm ET

  5. 5
    • Evening Sadhana

    • LIVESTREAM – Session 4 with Swami Karunananda – 7:30–8:45 pm pm ET

  6. 6
    • Congratulations!

    • Program Evaluation – Help us create amazing experiences


Senior Sannyasi

Swami Jyotirmayananda

Swami Jyotirmayananda has served at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville in various capacities since 1983. Under the guidance of Sri Swami Satchidananda, she designed and installed displays in the LOTUS All Faiths Hall and Display Hall, Guru Bhavan, and Sivananda Hall Saints and Sages Galleries. She served as a vice president in Ashram’s administration for 10 years and currently serves as director of LOTUS Center for All Faiths (LCAF), the interfaith action arm of LOTUS. She has participated in many interfaith conferences in the USA and Canada. Under her shortened name “Jyoti Ma,” she authored the children’s book Sparkling Together based on universal love. As a watercolor artist, Jyoti Ma has produced many note cards printed from her artwork. Her cards and book are available at Integral Yoga Distribution.

Senior Sannyasi, E-RYT 500

Swami Priyaananda

Swami Priyaananda is a senior disciple of Swami Satchidananda with thirty years of experience in the practice of Integral Yoga. She served in the Integral Yoga Health Services division and the Distribution Department at Satchidananda Ashram in Connecticut, as well as Executive Secretary and Coordinator of the Living Yoga Training program at the Ashram in Virginia. Currently, she is Vice President of the Office of Spiritual Development and Manager of Satchidananda Archives.

Senior Sannyasi

Swami Murugananda

Swami Murugananda is a senior sannyasi (monastic) and has been a disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda since 1966. He has served in all the Integral Yoga Institutes and Ashrams of California, New York City, Connecticut, and Virginia since 1982. He has served in various capacities as an advanced Yoga teacher, counselor, gardener, farmer, chef, bookstore manager, “Rabbi”, herbalist, and more.

At Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville he established the first website registered with the domain name and founded the SASTRI project (Satchidananda Automated Satsang Text Retrieval & Indexing). SASTRI is the master archival database containing all the transcripts of Sri Gurudev's satsangs and talks spanning over 36 years. Swami Murugananda created and now maintains the Yogaville Library of over 25,000 holdings. In his spare time, he also writes and has performed stand-up comedy for the past 33 years.

Swami Murugananda will soon publish his first book detailing his journey on the spiritual path and the way to it, adventures and frequent misadventures, the numerous times he was protected from extreme danger, and so much more.

Senior Sannyasi, E-RYT 500

Swami Karunananda

Swami Karunananda, is a senior disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda. In 1975, she was ordained as a monk into the Holy Order of Sannyas. She has been teaching all aspects of Yoga since 1971, and specializes now in workshops, retreats, and teacher training programs that focus on the science of meditation, the philosophy of Yoga, personal transformation, and Yoga breathing techniques for better health and wellbeing. In 1989, she developed and has taught, the Integral Yoga® Teacher Training programs in Raja Yoga and in Meditation.

Swami Karunananda served as president of Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville in Virginia and in California, as well as director of the Integral Yoga Institutes in San Francisco and in Santa Barbara. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees, and as the chairperson of the Spiritual Life Board at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, VA.

Interested in fostering interfaith understanding and harmony, she is featured in the interfaith documentary entitled, With One Voice. She also compiled and edited the Lotus Prayer Book, a collection of prayers from various faith traditions, and Enlightening Tales as told by Sri Swami Satchidananda. She served as contributing editor for The Breath of Life: Integral Yoga Pranayama, as well as a senior writer for the Integral Yoga Magazine. A publication of hers, Awakening: Aspiration to Realization Through Integral Yoga, describes the spiritual path and provides guidance for the journey.

Revs. Bhagavan and Bhavani Metro

Reverends Bhagavan and Bhavani have been devotees of Sri Gurudev Swami Satchidananda since 1974. They moved from their home in Colorado to Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville East, Connecticut in 1979 to be close to Sri Gurudev and the Integral Yoga sangha and to enroll their children in the Vidyalayam school.  

In 1980 they moved their family to Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, Virginia where they currently reside. Their construction company, New Age Builders, built most of the structures at Yogaville.  

They are surrounded by a large, loving family composed of 5 generations living within a few miles of their home at Yogaville. Their 6 children, 15 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren, all raised in Integral Yoga, bring wisdom and light into their lives through their unique relationships with Integral Yoga and Sri Gurudev.

Reverends Bhagavan and Bhavani, who were personally ordained and guided by Sri Swami Satchidananda, have gleaned rich techniques from the Integral Yoga teachings and practices, which they use to enlighten and support their family, community, and friends.

Bhagavan and Bhavani are in service as ministers, spiritual guides, teachers, speakers, wedding officiants, and workshop leaders. Bhagavan is active on the Spiritual Life and Ministry Boards at Yogaville.

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Join four longtime students and devotees of the esteemed spiritual teacher Sri Swami Satchidananda, known affectionately as Gurudev, as they share enlightening personal experiences from their decades spent with a spiritual master.