Background

August 4, 2009

Combining the best of Eastern wisdom and Western technology, the Himalayan Institute of Canada offers a variety of seminars and programs in hatha yoga, meditation, yoga philosophy, psychology, holistic health, and other related subjects.

The Himalayan Institute of Canada is a non-profit, charitable organization registered in Canada. We are dedicated to teaching in the tradition of Himalayan Masters.

We support the continuation of our founder’s practical work through classes, lectures, and support of his sincere students and disciples, programs and through contributing financially to the development of the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust and other projects.’

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Founding Spiritual Head

Swami Rama

Swami Rama

Swami Rama founded the Himalayan Institute, the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust in India, and many centers throughout the world including the Himalayan Institute of Canada. He was born in northern India and trained in the tradition of the cave monasteries of the Himalayas. From 1946 to 1952 he held the respected position of Shankaracharya of Karvirpitham in the south of India. Later he investigated Western psychology and philosophy in universities in Europe and England.

In 1970 he served as research consultant to the Menninger Foundation Research Project on Voluntary Control of Internal States. His demonstrations there, under laboratory conditions, of his precise control of his own autonomic functioning revolutionized scientist understanding of the human ability to control the body. He founded the Himalayan Institute to create a bridge between the ancient teachings of the East and modern scientific approaches, and played a major role in bringing the teachings of yoga to the attention of physicians, psychologists and researchers.

His last major project was a “medical city”, created in the foothills of the Himalayas near Dehra Dun. Here he established a teaching hospital of 1,000 beds as well as a medical school and baccalaureate nursing school. He authored many books. Swami left his body in November 1996.

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