Swami Krishnapremananda is currently Assistant Director of Mandala Yoga Ashram, playing a key role helping to support and care for the Ashram’s spiritual and practical wellbeing.
Having first visited the Ashram around 30 years ago in its wild and windswept early days, he joined the Ashram team a few years later and is now the longest-serving person in the Ashram after our founder, Swami Nishchalananda.
The Path Of The Heart
Swami Krishnapremananda's spiritual journey was catalysed by a serious road accident during his early 20’s, which shifted his trajectory away from a career in electronic engineering to a path of yoga. This journey was quickened by his beloved teacher Swami Neel Kamal, who opened his inner eye and heart to the true wealth and potential of spirituality, and by Swami Nishchalananda who, following the death of Swami Neel Kamal, has been an invaluable support, inspiration and guide.
Krishnapremananda took his yoga teacher training here at the Ashram around 20 years ago and has been teaching yoga ever since. Over the years he has matured into a knowledgeable and inspiring teacher with a wise, humble, and gentle presence. He is now a senior Ashram teacher and director of courses, including the Ashram’s highly regarded Yoga Teacher Training Course. He also teaches seminars around the UK and in Europe.
He describes his spiritual journey as ‘touching the ground of existence’, ‘a surrendering to the Divine’ and ‘a coming home’ and is deeply grateful for the many joyful gifts of grace he has received along the way. He loves Ashram life for the opportunity to learn from the teachings and presence of wise teachers, to feel connected to spiritual energies, as well as for the privilege of guiding students and witnessing them grow and blossom.
His primary yogic path is a combination of Bhakti Yoga (‘Yoga of the Heart’) and Gyana Yoga (‘The Path of Insight or Wisdom’), supported by an integrated practice of all the main paths of yoga.
He has travelled to India many times to visit and study with teachers there and is a student of Sanskrit – the language in which Indian sacred texts and most key yogic texts are written. He is also a trained counsellor and is currently training as a death doula, in order to support people through end-of-life experiences. Both these skill sets enhance his natural empathy, sensitivity and skilfulness in guiding people on the spiritual path. Krishnaprem recently set up a 'Death Cafe' in Llandovery, inviting people to gather to drink tea, eat cake and openly discuss death. Discussion is directed by the group and has no agenda other than to raise awareness of death and, as a result, increase appreciation of the transient life.
When Krishnaprem first arrived to live at the Ashram in 1997, his car full of all his limited worldly belongings, having just given up his career, and with a firm inner commitment to dedicating his life to yoga and the spiritual path, he was told at the front gate that the Ashram was closing! Fortunately he was undeterred, and when the Ashram re-opened a couple of months later he returned and has been here ever since, nurturing his spiritual spark and sharing it’s beautiful light.