About Ramdev Baba
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.
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