ABOUT ACHARYA KHADI'S LINEAGE
His Holiness Swami Sivananda Saraswati of India (seated center)
Born 1887, he is revered to be one of the greatest living
The Venerable Swami Shivapremananda
In August 1961, he was deputed by Swami Sivananda to go to Western Europe and North America at the invitation of groups interested in the major branches of Yoga.
On 10 November 1961, Swami Shivapremananda founded the Sivananda Yoga-Vedanta Center at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
From April 1964 to April 1970 he was the President and Director of the Sivananda Yoga-Vedanta Center of New York, founded earlier by the late Swami Vishnudevananda.
The (Late) YogaCharini M. Schneider
In the early 1960's Muriel Schneider, along with three lady companions trained at the Sivananda Yoga-Vedanta Center of New York and in 1964 studied and achieved instructor status under Swami Shivapremananda, who also visited The Open Door, her Yoga center in Plainfield, NJ. She passed away at age 96 still teaching regularly for more than 40 years.
Acharya Sri Khadi Madama
In 1966 Khadi began her own personal journey, studying every book on Yoga available either from India or America. Like many others, she got up at 6:00 A.M. to watch and learn Yoga from Richard Hittelman on PBS. In August of 1967, as fate would have it at age 19, she happened upon YogaCharini M. Schneider, a direct disciple of Swami Shivapremananda. After an extensive interview, Khadi was accepted as a student and went on to become the only protege' to carry on the work of her teacher. She taught her first professional class at age 21 in the Fall of 1969 and went on over the decades to develop various health care programs using her knowledge of Yoga as the foundational modality for those programs.
Khadi is recognized as a Yoga master in Germany through the IMAA, in India through the International Yoga Academy & Indian Yoga Science University (Registered under SRA XXI of 1860-Govt. of India), and in 2009 received the Jewel of India Award recognized as "Acharya Sri" (revered teacher) for more than 40 years of service to the Desi community for promoting the culture of India through Yoga. *