Our Spiritual Teacher

Satguru Swami Nirmalananda

Formerly known as Rama Berch, Swamiji was honored with initiation into the ancient order of Saraswati monks in 2009, and honored with the title "Satguru" in India in 2016.  Wearing the traditional swami-orange, she has openly dedicated her life to serving others. Swamiji teaches Downingtown Yoga & Meditation Center's meditation programs, during which she makes the highest teachings accessible to everyone, guiding them to the knowledge and experience of their own divine essence. She shares her incredible knowledge in a personal and life-embracing way, through her humor as well as her caring presence.  Read more... 

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Vidyadevi Stillman

Swami Shrutananda Saraswati, CSYT, E-RYT 500 

Serving as a Teacher Trainer for Svaroopa®  Vidya Ashram, Swami Shrutananda has studied and taught directly with Gurudevi Swami Nirmalananda for over 27 years.  As a swami, she is a yoga monk, having taken vows to devote her life to spiritual development and serving others.  Her previous work as a research scientist has enlivened her understanding of the science of yoga.  She travels throughout the US, Canada, Australia and Europe, offering programs to support local classes and teachers.  Shrutananda teaches... Click here for more.


Swami Samvidaananda Saraswati  

Being the mother of three young children, she had trained to teach children’s yoga.  Gift certificates from friends introduced Samvidaananda to Svaroopa® yoga classes and private yoga therapy sessions.  After the final Shavasana of her first class, and then her first private session, Samvidaananda “knew she was home.”  A few months later she asked God, “What should I do in my life in addition to being a mom?”  The answer... Click here for more.


Swami Satrupananda Saraswati

Swami Satrupananda Saraswati began practicing yoga and meditation in Calgary Alberta, Canada in the 1990s.  As an undergraduate student, she spent some time in China and Southeast Asia where she deepened her interest in Eastern spirituality.  This pursuit led Satrupananda to... Click here for more.


Swami Prajñananda Saraswati

When she dove into Svaroopa® yoga, Praj~nananda worked as a first-grade teacher in Brooklyn NY.  Simultaneously she was enrolled in a Master’s degree program.  Having experienced Svaroopa®  yoga years before, she knew it would relieve the pressures of... Click here for more.




Andrea (Abhati) Wade 

I began teaching Svaroopa®Yoga soon after I was introduced to it because the effect it had on me was profound.  I was amazed at how such simple moves could alter my body and eliminate the deep-rooted pain that I had experienced for years.

Teaching, for me, is about experiencing the journey.  I had been searching the world for happiness for my whole life, but now I know it can only be found within.  With Svaroopa® Yoga, I finally found that peace and serenity that I had been searching for.  I feel blessed to have the opportunity to share Svaroopa®Yoga with others. 


 Cayla (Mangala) Allen 

Her teacher encouraged her to take yoga teacher training if she was seeking change. She did and her experience of life has become a beautiful expression of Self. Teaching online classes from her home in Fort Worth TX, Mangala describes Svaroopa®yoga as “a compassionate and deep yoga practice.” 


Additional Faculty

In addition to our Teacher Trainers above, we have a large faculty of highly accomplished yogis and teachers, most of whom have been training and practicing with Swami Nirmalananda for over ten years.

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Use your body to work on your mind, clearing away the thoughts and emotions that cause your stress and tensions. Along with amazing physical improvements, Svaroopa® yoga clears multiple levels simultaneously, to open up access to your own deeper essence, named “svaroopa.”

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