Ajapa, a very ancient form of yoga, is a breathing/meditation technique that
was taught thousands of years ago by the Rishis, or wise men, of India.
Though it is virtually unknown in modern times, the method of Ajapa Yoga has
been carefully guarded through the ages at Siddhashram, a hidden monastery
In the 1860s, Swami Guru Purnanandaji Paramahansa (1834-1928) made the
perilous journey to Siddhashram. There he learned the ancient technique of
Ajapa Yoga. After five years at Siddhashram, Guru Purnanandaji was ordered
by the masters to return to India, to begin the mission of teaching the
technique to others.
After Guru Purnanandaji decided to give up his material body, the teaching
was maintained unaltered by his disciple, Swami Guru Bhumanandaji
Paramahansa (1873-1958), a renowned scholar throughout India. When Guru
Bhumanandaji left from this material world, Guru Janardanji Paramahansa
(1888-1980) continued the work of teaching Ajapa Yoga, and undertook to
spread the knowledge of Ajapa around the world. In 1970 he was invited to
visit the Academy of Science in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He was then invited
to Germany, Canada and the United States, where he delivered lectures and
taught the Ajapa technique.
In 1966, Guru Janardanji found and adopted a baby boy, Guru Prasadji, whom
he prepared to carry on the teaching of Ajapa. Shortly before he decided to
give up his material body, Guru Janardanji named the boy his successor. Then
only fourteen years old, Swami Guru Prasadji Paramahansa took up the
responsibility of maintaining the ashrams and guiding the practitioners of
Ajapa Yoga. Today he maintains five ashrams and several Ajapa Centers around