Yogacharya Shrikrishna Vyavahareji is fondly called as Anna by his disciples at Ghantali Mitra Mandal. Ghantali Mitra Mandal is an organization founded by Vyavahareji in 1965; it’s a unique organization in and around Thane. Later Vyavahareji was inducted into Yoga by Yogacharya Sahasrabudhe Guruji and since then Vyavahareji and his disciples are tirelessly preaching and spreading the knowledge of Yoga.
Vyavahareji is not only an excellent Yoga Teacher & Therapist who has received training from various recognized institutes as Bihar School of Yoga, Kaivalyadham Lonavala, Swami Vivekanand Kendra Banglore to name a few. He has been awarded “Yogacharya” by Paramahansa Satyananda Saraswati of Bihar School of Yoga in 1978. He was awarded “Satyakarmananda “by Paramahansa Niranjanand Saraswati of Bihar School of Yoga in 2002.
Anna believes in the tremendous power of mind, and that a feeble mind can easily be transformed into a powerful mind with the help of Yoga. He not only believes in this, he has put it into practice by training innumerable convicts from Thane Central Jail and converting 13 of these convicts into trained Yoga Teachers. This was a first of its kind of experiment conducted in India. Anna has also been awarded with silver medal at Bangkok Yoga Conference for the same project.
Medha Sanskar, is another favorite project of Anna, which is meant to teach children from class 8th to class 12th. At Medha Sanskar these children are taught how to cope up with the peer pressure and how to concentrate and study, and achieve maximum results with minimum efforts.
Recently Ghantali Mitra Mandal has set up Niranjan Yoga Swasthya Kendra where therapeutic aspect of Yoga is taken into consideration and a full-fledged laboratory called as Pradnyanan Anusandhan Yoga Kendra where the merits of the various therapy classes can be judged.
Anna has not only contributed to the field of Yoga by conducting various such projects, but also by writing many articles on various facets of Yoga, published in various journals & magazines in India. He has also penned books like Anand Yoga, Pranayam Darshan, Medha Sanskar, and Yoga for Health, Healing and Harmony, H3 Yoga, Sahaj Sadhana and Atha Dhyanam. He has been awarded with Best Writers Award for his book Anand Yoga and Pranayam Darshan.
Anna has been awarded with various awards “Swami Kuvalyanand Award” in1986 for his work in the field of Yoga, in the same year he was publically felicitated by Thane Municipal Corporation for his outstanding work in the field of Yoga. In 1988 he bagged the Silver Medal at Bangkok Yoga Conference for the paper he presented on ‘Yoga for Jail Inmates’. He was awarded with “Thane Bhusan” in 1997 by Thane Municipal Corporation “Yoga Mitra”in 2005 by Yoga Vidya Niketan, Mumbai,“Nagar Ratna” & Nagar” in 2005 by Nagari Vikas Manch, Thane, “Yoga Ratna” in 2006 by Vishwa Yoga Darshan Kendra, Sangli to name a few.
Anna doesn’t rest in the laurels of these awards but he always looks forward to making Yoga relevant socially. He has conceived, directed and presented many enlightening and entertaining programmes such as “Rog Manacha- Shodh Manacha”, “Nada Brahma”, “Bhakti Ganga”, “Ranga Chaitanyache ”, “My Marathi”.
Even at the age of 80yrs this award winner encourages his disciples to work with dedication and zeal to preach yoga from “Door to Door & Shore to Shore.”
With inspiration from Anna, Ghantali Mitra Mandal has been conducting regular Yoga Sanskar Varg at Gadkari Rangayatan, Sahayog Mandir, Shivmalti, Shri Ma Vidyalaya & Vasant Vihar centres in Thane and Param Keshav Baug , Bhramhan Samaj,& Nagher Samaj, Madhav Baug at Ghatkopar.