In June of this year, our dear teacher departed this life. What a loss for the world. What a loss for the yoga community. What a loss for me.
Within the broader yoga community, a person who studies, practices and teaches yoga may become a swami. One such person based at the Satyananda ashram at Mangrove Mountain in NSW, was Swami Satyadharma Saraswati – a woman of great learning, compassion and grace.
She was born and raised in the United States but went to India as a very young woman – a very popular thing for young people to do in the ’60s and ’70s. She eventually arrived at the Satyananda ashram, in Bihar, in the north of India. She stayed there for forty years, learning from her guru, Swami Satyananda, the founder of Satyananda yoga.
In the process, of course, she became an expert meditator and a great and wise yogi. Her devotion to her guru and her life path were absolute. She became a great teacher on all aspects of yoga.