Dr. Deepak Chopra, author of 80 books on Ayurveda, Yoga and Integrative Medicine.
“Yogi Amrit Desai is a pioneer in introducing Yoga to the West, but more significantly through his unique style, his method of teaching draws upon the original spiritual depth that is missing in the popular practice of Hatha Yoga.”
Dr. David Frawley, Padma Bhushan winner, author of 30 books on Ayurveda, Yoga and Indian Culture
“Yogi Desai revived the ancient teachings of the millennial old Shaivite Yoga...(He) made these secret teachings once more alive and relevant to the entire world. He has left an indelible influence on modern Yoga...(demonstrating) a Prana Siddhi in which he can allow Universal Prana to move not only through his mind and body but also through his environment and into the audience around him, awakening their own inner Prana and spiritual intelligence.”
Smithsonian Publications (2014)
“The sixties brought on infusion of Indian gurus to the US including Swami Muktananda…and Amrit Desai (b. 1932) who established the yoga society of Pennsylvania and the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, named for his Swami Kripalvanadaji.”
Bhai Sahiba Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Khalsa, widow of Yogi Bhajan, the Sikh Dharma Worldwide Family
“Rare is the one who has served humanity with love and grace, with dignity and humility, with consciousness and compassion, in all of the ways that Amritji has done. There are a few enlightened souls in this world that God has sent for a special purpose at critical times. He has dedicated his entire life to fulfill this divine mission and bring the light of consciousness to our world.”
Ichak Adizes, PhD, founder of Adizes Institute, named one of the top 30 thought leaders and top 10 consultants in the US, recipient of 20 honorary doctorates, author of 20 books in 26 languages
“As a Holocaust survivor, one of the problems I have struggled with is opening my heart. But when I went to the Kripalu Center, which he founded, to rest and practice yoga, I did not realize that is where my heart would open thanks to Amritji. My profession is watching people, especially leaders and understanding them. Amritji was-and is-a very special leader. In gratitude to his teachings, I dedicated a book to him.”
Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda, founder of Arsha Vidya Ashram, USA & India, speaker in global forums such as the United Nations, UNESCO and the Global Peace Initiative.
“Yogi Amrit Desai is one of the pioneers who introduced yoga to the West. With his own personal contribution based on his experiments and experience, yoga sadhana has gained a credible therapeutic value.”
Shri Dwarkeshlalji Maharaj, the 14th Gadipati of Vallabhacharyaji the founder of Pushti Bhakti Marg (Path of Grace), and head of the Shashthpeeth at Vadodara and Ahmedabad, Gujurat.
“Shri Amritji has created a holistic world outlook for the all-around emancipation of mankind. In a true sense he is a real Karma Yogi. Restoring the authentic practice of Patanjali's classical work on Ashtanga yoga is represented in Amritji's methods of yoga. Yoga Nidra and the quantum breath meditation are the combined practice of the Hatha and Raja yoga for creating a holistic practice.”
Michael A. Singer, author of the #1 New York Times Best Seller, The Untethered Soul and The Surrender Experiment
“There is simply no way to write about such a special human being in just a few paragraphs. After meeting Shri Amritji for the first time, a channel had been opened in my heart and a warm flow of energy kept passing through it. It has been more than 35 years now, but it is always there. The simple touch of Amritji's hand permanently opened my heart.”
The Yug Prabha newspaper, Halol, India wrote in a 2007 article:
“Yogishri Amrit Desai was honored in his home town of Halol for his humanitarian works known to offer scholarships to the poor and approximately 5,000 women are helped financially through the Bhuriben Trust he established... Helpless and poor patients receive free medicines and medical treatment... [H]e has financed the building of the new children’s school in Halol.”