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Somananda became interested in spirituality and the powers of the mind at a young age. After completing his university degree in Law in his home country of Israel, he briefly pursued a career practicing law, but soon found that ultimately his real passions lay elsewhere – in spirituality.
In 1996, Somananda discovered Yoga and began practicing from books on his own. As his love and enthusiasm for Yoga and spirituality grew, he eventually left for India in 1999, where he met his teacher, Swami Vivekananda Saraswati, founder of the Agama school. As a result, Somananda immediately committed to an intense practice and study of Yoga and meditation, and in 2000 he began teaching. Instrumental in the development of the Agama ethos with his teaching in its centers in Israel, India and Thailand, Somananda was granted the role of Acharya (Yoga Founder) Level 5, by his teacher in 2007, and the following year he began teaching meditation and Tantra workshops throughout Europe.
In 2008, by the grace of his Guru, Somananda reached self-realization and Samadhi, and he has been deepening these experiences ever since. In 2010 Somananda founded an international school of spiritual Tantra Yoga – SOMANANDA.org – an inspired international enterprise in which Somananda and his wife Liisa and fellow teachers offer unique teachings around the world, conducting seminars, retreats and workshops. Together they bring a modern approach by conveying ancient spiritual teachings in a clear, practical and charismatic way, always with dedication and passion.
Joining Somananda on his teachings around the world, is Yoga and Tantra teacher Liisa Maimon, his wife.
In 2009 Liisa participated in the very first Tantra workshop given by Somananda in Estonia. Without immediately realizing it, this event was the turning point in a new and exciting chapter of her life – the spiritual path. Feeling a strong connection with the teachings, Liisa continued her Tantra, Yoga, and meditation studies with Somananda and Agama Yoga in Thailand. She realized that Yoga, especially the way it is taught according to an authentic lineage, is a very powerful and practical science for personal evolution.
Liisa has completed the intensive Agama Yoga Teacher Training Course and has been actively teaching Yoga since. After three years of personal study with Somananda she was also given the license to teach Tantra.
Liisa, who was born in Estonia, is the cofounder and general manager of Somananda.org. She has a masters degree in Public Policy and Management from the Universty of Konstanz, Germany.
Dharmananda, born in Israel in 1977, discovered Yoga in 2001. He continued his practice more seriously in 2003, the year he joined the mind-blowing Kashmiri Shaivism workshop with his brother Somananda presented by their teacher Swami Vivekananda Saraswati. This workshop changed his life and way of looking upon spirituality and Yoga practice.
Soon after, Dharmananda began leading the Laya Yoga meditations and by 2005 he became a full Tantra Yoga teacher. In his free time, he continued practicing the wonderful techniques he learned in the Kashmiri Shaivism workshop, mainly the practice of Bhavana which generates the powerful rising of Kundalini toward the crown chakra. In 2008, he started leading meditation retreats based mostly on the Higher Tantra teachings that inspired him throughout recent years.
Motivated to help others step out of darkness and realize the beauty and love that tantric form of Yoga can offer people around the world, Dharmananda spends his time teaching courses and retreats and practicing mainly Kundalini Yoga and other Higher Tantra methods which fit so well with our modern lives. It is Dharmananda’s passion to help others benefit from this ancient wisdom.
Somananda.org is part of the Agama International, and we are grateful to Swami Vivekananda Saraswati, founder of Agama Yoga and guru of Somananda, for his inspiration, spiritual guidance and support.
Known as a charismatic speaker, Swami motivates thousands of pupils internationally around the world with his unique approach, and is regarded by his pupils as a highly accomplished, beloved Yoga master and gifted teacher.
The Agama Yoga system, including Somananda.org, teaches a Tantric form of Yoga that is energy based. The methodology is one of initiation, a “subtle influence” whereby a specific form of energy is transferred from teacher to pupil. The structure highly values the depth of traditional teachings in genuine Tibetan and Indian Yoga, giving them a modern interpretation. This involves a courageous, informed approach, full of humor, vitality and common sense.
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