Yogarshi Swami Ramdevji was born to Smt. Gulab Devi and Shri Ram Niwas in a village in the state of Haryana in India. Receiving his early education in a village school, at the age of fourteen he was admitted to the Gurukul at Kalwa (near Jind, Haryana) where under the blessed tutelage of Ācārya Shri Baldevji he studied Sanskrit and Yoga, and earned a postgraduate (Acharya) degree with specialization in Sanskrit Vyakaraa, Yoga, Darshana, Vedas and Upanishads. Subsequently he was very much inspired by the life and writings of Maharshi Dayanand and thoroughly studied Satyartha Prakasha, Rigveda Bhayabhumika amongst others.
Quite early in his life he had his goals cut out for him and he chose the path of celibacy and asceticism. After doing a stint of teaching Yoga, Pāṇini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī and Patañjali’s Mahabhāṣya at Gurukuls, he set out on his journey to the Gangotri caves of lofty Himalayas, away from the distractions of mundane activities. Through deep meditation and ascetic discipline and penance he was able to develop a clear vision of the work to be done by him. He decided to devote his life to the propagation of yoga & ayurveda, and reforming the social, political and economic system of India.
Along his endevour he met Acharya Balkrishna, who was out there on a similar quest. They came together to launch upon this stupendous task from scratch.
Swamiji took upon himself the onerous responsibility of demystifying and popularizing Patanjali’s Yoga, while Ācharyaji devoted himself to the task of restoring people’s faith in the efficacy of Ayurvedic system of medicine. Swamiji’s main focus is on making the people of India as well as of the whole world adopts yoga and Ayurveda as their lifestyle. His approach to treating ailments and disorders in pragmatic, undogmatic and non-sectarian. All persons whether Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christian, have the same anatomy and physiology. Therefore they can all benefit from yoga and auyrvedic therapy.
In his yoga camps, attended by thousands of participants from all parts of the country, he emphasizes on doing eight Prayamas (1.bhastrika 2. kapalabhati, 3. bahya/ agnisara, 4. ujjayi, 5. anulomaviloma, 6. bhramari, 7. udgitha, 8. pranava), some sukshma (light) vyayamas; and some specific asanaas for various ailments, as also some simple home remedies and āyurvedic medicines. Within a short span of time the results of yoga and auyrvedic therapy have not only been encouraging but also astounding. With a view to giving concrete shape to his dreams Swamiji, first of all, founded Divya Yog Mandir (Trust) in 1995 at Kankhal, Hardwar, Uttarakhand, India, which was followed by Meditation Centre at Gangotri in the Himalayas, Brahmakalpa Chikitsalaya, Divy Pharmacy, Divya Prakashan, Divya Yog Sadhana, Patanjali Yogpeeth (Trust) in Delhi in 2005, Patañjali Yogpeeth, Hardwar, Mahashaya Hiralal Arsh Gurukul, Kishangarh Ghaseda, Mahendragarh, Haryana, Yog Gram and recently Bharat Swabhiman (Trust) in Delhi.
While yoga will take care of physical, mental and spiritual health, the downslide, in social, political and economic system of the country will be salvaged only through the patriotic zeal, fearlessness and strong character, of which he himself is a living example.