About Swami Rama and Pandit Tigunait

Swami Rama

Buffalo yoga students founded the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo in 1974 under the guidance of Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas. Raised and trained in the mountains of North India, Swami Rama came to the West to build a bridge between the wisdom of the ancient sages and the scientific accomplishments of our era. His work at the Menninger Foundation in 1970 received international attention, demonstrating for the first time that a human being could regulate, and even precisely control, physical functions that had previously been thought to be involuntary. The author of over thirty books and a tireless spiritual guide, Swami Rama’s legacy continues to shape our vision.

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ph.D.

Since 1996 the Himalayan International Institute has been directed by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ph.D. An accomplished yoga practitioner and Sanskrit scholar, Dr. Tigunait is the author of over a dozen books, including the inspirational biography of Swami Rama, At the Eleventh Hour. Among Dr. Tigunait’s current projects is an effort to awaken genuine understanding of the teachings of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Labeled “The Secret of the Yoga Sutra”, the project has already taken him to cities throughout the US, Europe, and India.