Swami Purnachaitanya Ji
Swami Purnachaitanya is a Director of Programs and Senior International Trainer with the Art of Living Foundation. He travels worldwide teaching people of all backgrounds, cultures and religions how to effectively manage their mind and emotions, eliminate stress, live in harmony amid diversity and bring greater peace and joy into their lives through simple yet profound Yoga techniques. He also oversees various service projects of The Art of Living in the North Eastern Region of India, such as rural development and educational initiatives.
Over the past ten years with the Art of Living Foundation as a full-time faculty and trainer, Swami Purnachaitanya has taught extensively in India, as well as in Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Hong Kong and various countries in Europe. Apart from teaching a wide range of Art of Living programs, he specializes in training teachers in Sri Sri Yoga, a balanced and thorough design of yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation and yogic knowledge, designed to help yoga aspirants remove self-imposed limitations, realize their full potential and offer their talents in service to the society.
Swami Purnachaitanya was born and brought up in The Netherlands, and his mother being from India, spiritual values and meditation were an important part of his upbringing. From an early age he showed a keen interest in the spiritual practices, cultures and philosophies of the East. This initially led him to practice a wide range of Eastern martial arts, such as judo, taekwondo, ninpo bujutsu, wushu (kung fu) and aikido. Over the years he realized, however, that it was not the fighting skills, but human values, philosophies and meditation that attracted him.
Meeting Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar during a program in The Netherlands in 2000, Swamiji knew that he had found the spiritual Master he had been looking for. After completing his university studies as well as various programs of The Art of Living, Swamiji came to India in 2007 to dedicate his life to service and his Master’s vision of a violence-free, stress-free world. Since then Swami Purnachaitanya has been traveling extensively conducting various programs, already personally reaching out to more than 500,000 people.
Swamiji oversees many projects and activities of The Art of Living in the North Eastern Region of India as well as West Bengal as a Regional Director, where he has also worked in areas affected by insurgency. He looks after 93 Art of Living schools that are providing free value-based education in rural and tribal areas in this region, and also conducts trainings to empower rural youth, women and other sections of the society. As a member of The Art of Living Council for Yoga, Swamiji also oversees programs and activities to spread the ancient knowledge of Yoga in these regions, and he also works for the preservation and revival of ancient Vedic practices and indigenous traditions in the region.
He has represented The Art of Living at various national and international forums, seminars and conferences, and has also addressed audiences at various national and international educational institutions on a wide range of topics. He has taught yoga, pranayama and meditation to people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds: from indigenous people in jungle areas to corporate executives, from villagers to prison inmates, and from urban youth to militants. Many have experienced profound transformation and experienced healing on various levels.