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Bala Vihar - Our Teachers
Swamini Shivapriyananda

Inspired by Pujya Swami Chinmayananda, Swamini Shivapriyananda completed the brahmachari course in Bombay in 1986 and was posted to Chinmaya Mission Toronto. She received sannyasa initiation (diksha) from Pujya Swami Tejomayananda on Shivaratri in 2003. Swaminiji teaches adults and youth through lectures, seminars and workshops. Also, she conducts stress management courses as well as relaxation training. Swaminiji is an inspiration and guidance behind our Bala Vihar success.


After working as a Chartered Accountant, Dev developed a strong interest in a life of self-development and service, and joined the 2013 Residential Vedanta Course in Chinmaya Mission Trinidad and Tobago under the guidance of the beloved Swami Prakashanandaji. Having studied Sanskrit and Vedanta for almost two years, with the grace and guidance of Pujya Guruji and deeply inspired by his Acharya, Dev decided to make his primary aim serving Swami Chinmayananda's vision. He is currently posted in Toronto, conducting satsangs and study classes for adults, seniors and youth, managing our Bala Vihar program and other ashram activities.


Under the loving guidance of Swamini Shivapriyananda, Gina received blessings from Guruji to join the Residential Vedanta Course in Trinidad and Tobago in 2013. After almost two years studying Vedanta and Sanskrit, having been moved deeply by the love and divinity demonstrated by beloved Swami Prakashananda, Pujya Guruji and Pujya Gurudev, Ginaji decided to serve the Mission full time. She is currently posted in Toronto, conducting satsangs and study classes in Bhagavad Gita and Ramayana, Sanskrit, and managing various ashram activities including our Bala Vihar program.

Our Bala Vihar Teachers

Bala Vihar teachers are our most valuable and unique resource. Our teachers are totally fully dedicated and committed volunteers who are well versed in the teachings and values of the Vedantic tradition, keep with the the true spirit of the ancient guru-shishya parampara. They promote discourse and dialogue between students, encourage enquiring minds and promote self-discipline in life and studies. Our teachers are spiritual seekers and  practising role models who continue their own learning while they inspire their students to do the same.