Swami Ayyappa Giri is a direct disciple of Mahavatar Kriya Babaji and was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 1971, but Kriya master, Yogi S.A.A. Ramaiah. For more than 20 years, he served under his direct and close guidance. He was sent to India many times to implement the work of the Dharma, including the building and blessing of Babaji’s Temple at Parangipettai, South India. Over, decades, he continued to practice Kriya Yoga and Saiva Siddhanta alongside a professional career, serving communities as a Prosthetist and Orthorist, both practically and as a professor at several Universities in Sosthern California. This also, at the instruction of his Guru.
Over subsequent years, Swami went on to receive instruction and initiation from many powerful holy men in India, this has included several traditions of Kriya within Advaita Vedanta. He also completed many arduous and fulfilling Pilgrimages to the Ayyappa Swami temple in Sabari Malai during this period of his life’s work.
Swami was initiated into Kaula Marg Tantra in 1989 by Swami Rudranath Giri at Tara Peeth, Northern Bengal. This has led to the unfolding of many pujas and other tantric practices.
Currently residing at Yogini Ashram, California, Swami Ayyappa teaches and guides sincere souls in the artful sciences of Kriya Tantra Yoga. His breadth of offerings include Kriya Kundalini Pranayam, Saiva Siddhanta techniques, Element purification practices, The practice of Bhairavi Breath of Ecstasy, Yantra worship, and all mystical aspects of Kaula Marg Tantra.
Swami Ayyappa delights in guiding souls into the depth, joy and massive growth potential that Yoga and Kriya offer. He regularly travels back to his beloved India, often leading pilgrimage to the sacred locations and power spots of Yoga’s most ancient home.