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Swami Krishnapremananda

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 a qualified death doula, in order to support people through end-of-life experiences. He helps facilitate 'death cafes' in and around Llandovery,  inviting people to gather together over a cup of tea or equivalent, and openly discuss death and related matters. Furthermore he is now training as an independent funeral celebrant, so as to be able to offer respectful, appropriate and meaningful funeral services.

These different skill sets enhance his natural empathy, sensitivity and skilfulness in guiding people on the spiritual path.

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.

Our Founder

Mandala Yoga Ashram was founded in 1986 by Swami Nishchalananda on his return from India after spending 14 years with his Guru, Swami Satyananda, studying all aspects of yoga and imbibing the true essence of this ancient tradition. Swami Nishchalanda ('Swamiji') is recognised as a genuine Yoga Acharya - a Master of Yoga.
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Charitable Status

The Ashram is a registered charity whose mission is to uplift humanity through the teachings of yoga, advaita and tantra. As an independent institution not affiliated to any set of religious beliefs, the purpose of the Ashram is simply to help people to remember their own sacredness and the sacredness of all that exists.
Registered Charity No. 1195209
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Our Address

Mandala Yoga Ashram
Pantypistyll, Llansadwrn, Llanwrda,
Wales, UK, 
SA19 8NR
Tel: +44 (0)1558 685358
Email: [email protected]
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