Svaroopa Yoga Directory

Welcome to the Yoga Journal Svaroopa Yoga Directory page. In this section you will find yoga studios, retreat centers, and teachers who specialize or incorporate Svaroopa Yoga into their practice and philosophy.

Swami Saraswati Nirmalananda (formerly Rama Berch) founded Svaroopa Yoga in 1192. This was 16 years after her "cosmic download" other wise known as her Kundalini awakening. This awakening channeled specific yoga sequences that would form the basis for Svaroopa. She was a long time student of Swami Muktananda (1908-1982) and has been ordained into the order of Saraswati monks. Svaroopa, a Sanskrit word taken from Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, means "the bliss of your own Being." Svaroopa's gentle approach focuses on releasing the muscles around the spine. Expect floor work with a lot of propping and hands-on adjustments. Classes can last up to two hours and always begin and end with Savasana.


Escape to Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreat in Playa Grande, Panama, to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.  Rainforest and beach in one spectacular tropical location. Seven a/c bungalows accommodating groups up to 22 participants. Facilities include a yoga studio sorrounded by nature, a walking labyrinth, a beautiful nature trail, and meditation areas.  Additional highlights include our gourmet cuisine,  SUP classes and excursions, massage, and much more!


Prana del Mar is a stunning beachfront yoga and wellness center specializing in yoga retreats and yoga holidays, and featuring many acclaimed international teachers.

It features luxurious accommodations in wonderfully-appointed rooms and suites, two elegant yoga studios, a community building with reading library and rooftop deck, delicious and healthful cuisine, a swimming pool and hot tub, a desert garden and stone labyrinth, environmental awareness (including being fully-powered 24/7 by an extensive solar electric system), magnificent views, and warm Mexican hospitality.