Gurus & Saints of India

Yoga Guru Ramdev Baba

Baba Ramdev Yoga Guru

Swami Ramdev (Baba Ramdev) was born as Ramkishan Yadav in 1953, in Said Alipur in the Mahendragarh district of Indian state of Haryana. He attended school till the eighth grade in Shahjadpur. He then joined a aarsh gurukul in Khanpur village to study Sanskrit and Yoga ("YOG" "योग" - Ramdev encourages it to be called YOG). Eventually, he entered into Sanyas (monastic living) - taking his present name.

He then went to Jind district and joined the aarsh gurukul Kalva and offered free Yoga training to villagers across Haryana.

As a child he suffered from paralysis and has stated on air that it was through Yog that he was able to regain the full functionality of his body again.

Across various parts of India and other countries, there have been reports of thousands of people who have been cured. People who have been following his session over the television and practicing at home form the major constituent of this crowd.

To prove the veracity of the claims, Baba Ramdev insists on old medical records taken on a periodic basis to be submitted to the trust. These reports are conducted independently and are open to the public for scrutiny


Baba Ramdev is a renowned Yoga teacher. Through the medium of television, he has taken the art of yoga to each and every household far and wide. He is the host of a program named 'Divya Yog' that airs on Aastha TV everyday, at 5 am in the morning. People from different parts of the country watch this program and have started doing yoga from the comforts of their home.

Ramdev BabaEarly Life
Swami Ramdev was born as Ramkishan Yadav in the Mahendragarh district of Haryana. After studying at school till the eight standard, he joined a yogic monastery (gurukul) in Khanpur village. There, he started learning the techniques of Yoga, along with the Sanskrit language.

After completing his period of study at the Gurukul, Baba Ram Dev renounced the world and entered into Sanyas (monastic living). It was then that he assumed the name of Ramdev. He went to Jind district and joined the Kalva gurukul. There, he started teaching Yoga to the villagers across Haryana. It is believed that some time later, he traveled to the Himalayas, spending a number of years there. Thereafter, he went to Haridwar and till date, the city serves as his base.

Initiation into Ascetic Order
Swami Ramdev was initiated into the ascetic order by Swami Shankerdevji Maharaj. After his initiation, he joined the order of swamis and started studying the ancient Indian scriptures. At the same time, he also practiced intense self-discipline and meditation.

Divya Yoga Mandir Trust
As a promotional vehicle for Yoga, Baba Ram Dev established the Divya Yoga Mandir Trust in 1995. In this project, he was accompanied by Acharya Karamveer and Acharya Balkrishna. The headquarters of the trust are at the Kripalu Bagh Ashram of Haridwar. Baba Ramdev teaches yoga mainly at this ashram.

Baba Ram Dev Yoga
Baba Ramdev teaches Pranayama, a form of Yoga. The program consists of six breathing exercises, practiced in the following sequence…

  • Bhastrika Pranayama
  • Kapal Bhati Pranayama
  • Bahaya Pranayama
  • Anulom Vilom Pranayama
  • Bhramri Pranayama
  • Udgeeth Pranayama