About The Traditional Yoga Association®

Founded in the UK in 1995, the Traditional Yoga Association® became a registered educational charity in 2002 (Charity Number 1091469). We seek to interpret and express in ways that are appropriate for today the traditional vision, values and practices that have sustained Yoga for millennia among diverse schools and societies across the world.

Swami Sivananda is a giant figure on the global Yoga scene. This remarkable Himalayan monk, founder of the Divine Life Society, has had a profound impact on Yoga internationally without ever leaving his Himalayan ashram on the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh.

Guru of Swami Venkatesananda, he remains the source of inspiration for many.

Swami Sivanada described Swami Venkatesananda as 'the crest jewel of my mission'. Certainly Swami Venkatesananda was responsible for taking the message of Gurudev Sivananda all over the globe, as his guru had instructed him to do.

Guru of Swami Ambikananda, he remains the chief source of inspiration for the TYA.


Swami Ambikananda is a founding Trustee of the TYA. A Yoga practitioner and teacher for over forty years, she is dedicated to continuing the message of her guru: that the human heart can be satisfied by nothing less than the Divine. She translates original Yoga Sanskrit texts into English and is the originator of the TYA Teachers Course.

Uddhava is a founding Trustee responsible for the day-to-day running of the TYA. A dedicated Yoga practitioner and teacher, he brings to his teaching and work at the TYA his sincere and tireless spirit of service to Yoga.

Penny Hitchings-Jones   became a Trustee of the TYA in 2002 after completing the Yoga Teachers Training Course and is a valuable member of the administrative team.

Manisha Wilmette Brown, a founding Trustee of the TYA, edits the TYA’s publications and provides quality assurance for the TYA’s courses. She assists Swami Ambikananda in her writing and is currently working on a book about Yoga and diabetes.

TYA in Spain

Isabel Sanz Zurdo is a graduate of the Traditional Yoga Association’s Yoga Teachers Training Course in the UK, and founded the Asociación de Yoga Tradicional España, www.yogatradicional.es/

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