This yoga institute is the first of its kind in the world wholly devoted to the subject of yoga
Bihar Yoga Bharati is dedicated to the study of yoga in an ashram environment, providing a spiritual oasis in the material and technological desert of the 21st century. Bihar Yoga Bharati (BYB), an Institute for Advanced Studies in Yogic Sciences, is the first of its kind in the world wholly devoted to the subject of yoga.
It is located within the Ganga Darshan Complex in Munger on a powerful energy center about 172 km from Patna. It is on top of the hill overlooking the river Ganga.
Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati first had the vision of a yoga institute when he established the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy in Rishikesh in 1950. This inspiration was carried forward by Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati, who established Bihar School of Yoga in Munger in 1963, followed by the Ganga Darshan complex. Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati, with the blessings of his predecessors, founded Bihar Yoga Bharati in 1994, to preserve and regenerate the total scope of yogic science by combining academic and scientific methodology with a spiritual vision.
BYB has been established along the lines of Nalanda and Vikramshila, two great spiritual centers of learning. It continues the work started by these ancient centers, as a pathfinder for the current and future spiritual awakening of people, in the spheres of Yoga, Vedanta and other allied subjects. This ashram-based institute is the first of its kind in the world to impart a comprehensive yogic education.