Swami Kuvalayananda



Swami Kuvalayananda (1883–1966) was a yoga master, and he started doing research on yoga and published the yoga journal named as Yoga Mimamsa, and he founded the  Yoga Research Center at Pune in the year 1924. His birth name was Jagannatha Ganesa Gune. Swami Kuvalayananda was born in a poor Brahmin family in a village in Gujarat in the year 1883, and his father was a teacher and his mother was a housewife. Due to the poor family condition, Kuvalayananda had struggled a lot and finished his graduation in the year 1910.

During his schooling, he was inspired by the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and Tilak. Due to his interest in rendering service to the society, he lived as a strict bachelor throughout his life. He started an education centre at Amalner, in order to educate the poor children. Kuvalayananda’s guru was Rajaratna Manikrao, and under him, he had trained yoga and spirituality, and become an expert in yoga education. He also received yoga training under Paramahamsa Madhavdas, who lived at an Ashram on the banks of the Narmada River. Some of his disciples, like Krishnamacharya and Nimbalkar, became popular yoga teachers.


  1. Asanas
  2. Pranayama
  3. Kaivalyadhama
  4. Vashishtha Samhita
  5. Vision and Wisdom

Swamy Kuvalayananda combined yoga and meditation, and asked his students to do both, in order to get good results. Swamy has also researched about the Yoga Sadhanas of the great rishis like Patanjali, and mentioned in his texts.

Swamy Kuvalayananda died in the year 1966.

Let us praise the great man.