Swami Jyotihananda

Swami Jyotihananda has always been a creative thinker and intent observer,
curious about understanding the world around her. From a young age, she was
fascinated by the way that space is created and divided, and she expressed her
interest through art.

After cancer surgery when she was in her twenties, she questioned the
purpose of her life. Intuitively she decided to enroll in the Kootenay School of
Art in Nelson where she discovered the power of the creative process to heal
her body, mind and emotions.

At a noon lecture at art school, she heard a speaker describe the spiritual
practices at nearby Yasodhara Ashram. Intrigued, she visited the Ashram and
began her life-long study of yoga.

Immediately she could see the relationship between pottery, which she loved,
and creating form with the body in Hatha Yoga. She discovered the power of
meditation practices to still the mind and take her to a place of lightness and

Her study of yoga at Yasodhara Ashram led her to become first a teacher and
then, years later, a swami (renunciate—similar to a monk in Christian tradition).
She has spent the last 30 years deepening her practice and offering yoga to
students in Canada and Europe.

For Swami Jyotihananda, awareness is the key to yoga and the creative process.
“Yoga is art and art is yoga; they dance together. Both offer an opportunity to
channel the highest and bring beauty into the world.”

Swami Jyotihananda will present the keynote address at the global fusion dinner on Saturday evening.