Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Sadhguru Mean?

Sadhguru is the more commonly used name of Jaggi Vasudev, an Indian yogi, mystic and author. He is the founder of the Isha Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that delivers yoga programs internationally. He is also known for his social conscience and his work with education and environmental initiatives.

He considers himself to have achieved enlightenment and the ability to perceive that which is both seen and unseen. It is this insight that he shares through his teachings and writings.


Yogapedia Explains Sadhguru

Sadhguru was interested in yoga from the early age of 12 when he came met Malladihalli Sri Raghavendra Swamiji, who taught him a series of yoga asanas that he went on to practice every day. He first taught yoga in 1983 in Mysore, and would often donate the proceeds from classes to local charities rather than taking payment.

In 1994, Sadhguru began delivering yoga programs at his new Isha Yoga Center, and created a diverse range of programs, including yoga for sports teams, prisoners and even large scale programs attended by up to 15,000 people.

Through the Isha Yoga Foundation, Sadhguru worked on many initiatives including:

  • Action for Rural Rejuvenation — a project to improve the quality of life for poor people living in rural villages in south India.
  • Isha Vidhya — an educational initiative to improve literacy in rural India.
  • Project GreenHands — an environmental endeavor aiming to plant enough trees to increase the green cover in Tamil Nadu by 10 percent.
  • Rally for Rivers — a campaign to save the dying rivers of India by planting trees on their banks.

Sadhguru has authored several books, including "Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy," which enjoyed considerable success in the United States and worldwide.

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