Sri Sri Sri Shivabalayogi Maharaj
Sri Sri Sri Shivabalayogi Maharaj the arch yogi from Bangalore, India, sat in samadhi for 23 hours a day for 8 years, then sat in samadhi for 12 hours a day for another 4 years, completing 12 years of Yoga Tapas. He was recognized at one of the leading yogi's of our day by dozens of other masters in India.
Steven had met the Balayogi in India after meeting with Satya Sai Baba, and invited Swamiji to come to his yoga class in Laguna Beach, CA, the early 1980's
Steven on tour with Shivabalayogi in Santa Barbara, California. Introducing him and giving Shatipat via Swamiji
In the late 1980's Shivabalayogi summons Steven to undergo Yoga Tapas. He begins sitting for 12 hours a day, then 18 hours, then for 23 hours a day for 40 consecutive days and nights before installing him as his Yogi. This is the room in Bangalore were Steven did his Tapas.
Sri Swamiji at the ashram in Bangalore, India. During the last days before his Mahasamadi.
After completing yoga tapas under Shivabalayogi's guidance, Swamiji installs Steven as a yogi and asks him to give initiations into Dhyana meditation on his behalf, to give shaktipat and guide his students in his absence. Steven give initiation for free to anyone interested in Dhyana.