Monk, Contemplative & Writer-Teacher

Swami Nirgunananda Giri is a Sannyasin/monk of the traditional Hindu order but offers practical teachings and transformative practices based on Yoga and Vedanta. He renounced the worldly life in his late twenties after a few years of trotting around the globe.

In the past twenty-five years since, he formally undertook monastic training and discipline at an Ashram, participated in several silent retreats ranging from 10 days to three years, and studied/trained in the traditions of Indian Yoga, Advaita Vedanta, & has explored the teachings and practices of several schools of Buddhism. He received his Sannyasa initiation (monasticism) from the esteemed Kailash Ashram of Rishikesh in India.


Presently based in India, he lives a simple life in the Himalayan mountains in the Uttarakhand state devoting his time for contemplation, and offering offline and online teachings (via Google Meet with selective portions available on his Youtube channel). 

He is the author of four books. Breaking Free from Karma, is a philosophical sketch of Eastern and Western philosophies. Spiritual Symbolism of the Himalayas and Ganga (available soon on and Sannyasa: Principles and Practices are available in limited print versions. Discover Your Free Mind is an earlier writing on developing practical tools for mental well-being and available through Harvard Book Store in the United States and on Prior to settling in the Himalayan region, he has conducted teaching camps, workshops, and meditation retreats in US (California and Boston), India (Bengaluru & Mumbai), Australia, New Zealand, and several countries in Southeast Asia.

Born in India, but having lived and served in other countries, Swami Nirgunananda draws on both his worldly experience and the wide range of spiritual trainings to which he was exposed. Successfully blending ancient philosophical wisdom of the Vedas with the Self-inquiry and Yogic practices that are uniquely suited to each student, is his approach to assist students on their journey towards Self-Realization.

You can contact him here