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Sri O.P Tiwari & his son Sudhir TIiwari
Sudhir Tiwari, Ayurveda expert, experienced yogi and an exceptional teacher, is the Director of Kaivalyadhama International .
He was brought up at the Kaivalyadhama Institute, in a rich yogic environment around the influence of yoga masters. He is the son and successor to Sri O.P Tiwari, the Institute's current head. He learned Yoga and Ayurveda from his father and from his teacher Swami Digambarji who initiated him as his disciple in 1981.
Sudhir received his primary and advanced Yogic and Ayurvedic training from Swami Digambarji which included the study of texts, mantra yoga, fire ceremony, pranayama and various aspects of adhyatm (spiritual) yoga. Sudhir also learned pranayama and Hathapradipika from his father, completing also the advanced Kaivalyadhama yoga teacher training programme.
After some years in the corporate world, (studying engineering, then working in the health and wellness industry post MBA) Sudhir is now dedicating his life to teaching the art and philosophy of Yoga and Ayurveda, utilising his extensive experience and specialised knowledge.
Sudhir's calling came in 2012 when he accepted his father’s wish that he further the message of Swami Kuvalyananda and Swami Digambarji’s yoga by ‘spreading in theory and practice the fundamentals of undiluted yoga’.
Over the last four years whilst Sudhir has been travelling around the world teaching, he identified a valuable need to present the traditional aspects of yoga according to the authoritative texts. He does not seek to change minds or prove a point but sees his goal as to present asana, pranayama, meditational techniques and chanting in the light of tradition and backed by science.
OM Prakash (O.P) Tiwari
Om Prakash Tiwari, M.A is a highly respected master of classical yoga, its practice and meaning. He is one of the few remaining masters of pranayama in the world today.
He is the author of numerous books and articles and teaches internationally with his son Sudhir. He has been the Secretary General of Kaivalyadhama India since 1966. He also serves on the National Indian Government Committees to bring Yoga into the education and healthcare systems.
He was taught in depth by his master Swami Kuvalyananda and he accomplished all the practices. This puts him in the rare position of having practical experience as well as deep philosophical and scientific understanding.
Sri O.P Tiwari is a part of a living tradition and carries this energy with him through the way he lives and practices. He is a great role model for showing how a lifestyle dedicated to yoga can form us into good human beings. Tiwari’s teaching and manner is very special. He talks with a refreshing accessibility and insight that is rare, and that he shares with his son Sudhir.
Sri O.P Tiwari is of the same generation and respected friend of TKB Deshikachar and the late BKS Iyengar. His yoga master Swami Kuvalyananda was also teacher to Mahatma Gandhi and advisor to Krishnamacharya, one of the most influential yoga teachers of the 20th century.
About Kaivalyahama and it's Lineage
The Kaivalyadhama Institute was the first place in the world to conduct scientific research into the benefits of yoga. It continues its research to this day as both an ayurvedic, yoga, pranayama and asana College as well as a Yoga Therapy Centre.
The Kaivalyadhama Institute was established by Swami Kuvalyananda in1924, inspired by his teacher Swami Madhavdasji Maharaj who asked him to conduct scientific research into yoga.
In 1966 Swami Kuvalyananda was succeeded by his disciple Swami de Gambarji, an accomplished yoga and ayurvedic expert.
In the same year Sri O.P Tiwari, the last disciple of Swami Kuvalyananda, was appointed as overall person in charge of the Institute.
He has appointed his son Sudhir Tiwari as his successor and to pass Swami Kuvalyananda's message around the world.
"Yoga has a message for the human mind, the human body and the human soul
and may this message be brought to every corner of the world without being diluted"