Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev is an Indian yogi, mystic, and the founder of the Isha Foundation, established in 1992 and based in Coimbatore, India. He has been teaching yoga since 1982. Sadhguru is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy (2016) and Karma: A Yogi's Guide to Crafting Your Destiny (2021).
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev was born in Mysore, Karnataka, India. He did not receive a formal education in the traditional sense. In his interviews, he mentioned that he was largely self-taught and learned through his own experiences.
However, he enrolled at the University of Mysore, where he studied English literature. He spent several years traveling across India, visiting ashrams, and examining various yogis and masters.
In 1982, he decided to devote his life to spiritual pursuits and founded the Isha Foundation.
The Isha Foundation has grown into a gigantic spiritual organization that offers different programs and initiatives to promote well-being, self-awareness, and inner transformation. The foundation's most notable course is a comprehensive program, Inner Engineering.
Through the Isha Foundation, Sadhguru has launched several campaigns aimed at preserving and protecting the environment.
Sadhguru is also a prolific author and has written over thirty books on spirituality. His most famous work, Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy, was featured among The New York Times Bestseller in the spirituality and self-help category in November 2016.
Sadhguru launched the book in New York Times Square and toured 17 cities in North America with subsequent books and lectures.
In 2017, he received the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian award, for his contributions to spirituality and humanitarian services.
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