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the Himalayan Tradition

Book Release: Sacred Rivers

Sacred Rivers: Autobiography of a Yogini 

by Theresa King (Ma Devi)

From the silent halls of a convent to the towering steeples of the Himalayas, Ma Devi carries us on a pilgrimage to God. This is the amazing true story of a saint in the making, and the teacher who taught her to love and let go. At once thrilling and heart breaking, supernatural and utterly grounded, this spiritual journey is one we too can choose to take. A very inspiring. and very human, account of the soul's launch into spirit.

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The Passing of Ma Devi

Our beloved spiritual teacher, Ma Devi (Theresa King), left her body August 4, 2023. She was a light to students across the U.S. and around the world.  


Ma Devi was a life-long student of spirituality. She was a vowed religious for ten years; studied Christian theology in the States, Netherlands, India, and Nepal. She studied Zen, Hinduism, Yoga, Shintoism, and other spiritual traditions of the world. She was chosen as personal assistant to the Himalayan yogi and saint, Sri Swami Rama, living and working with him for twenty-four years in the United States, India, Japan, and Nepal. She was personally trained in hatha yoga and yoga spirituality by the saint and led by him to study with several yoga adepts in India and the United States.

Devi helped Swami Rama establish the Himalayan Institute Press in 1972 and worked as its designer, typesetter, and director for over ten years, editing the many spiritual books, articles, newspapers, and journals of the saint and the growing faculty. At his insistence, she also began Yes International Publishers in 1986.

Devi is author of the award-winning The Spiral Path: Essays and Interviews on Women’s Spirituality and The Divine Mosaic: Women’s Images of the Sacred Other. She had poetry published in Jennings: Britain’s Literary Magazine, was awarded commemoration and public readings of her poetry by the American Association of University Women and was a frequent writer for the Himalayan Path Journal. Her poetry book, Child of Dawn Mother of Twilight, was given an award in 2021.


View the recording from Ma Devi's celebration of life

Watch a video tribute

Read Ma Devi's blog

The Art of Fulfilling Your Nature

A new collection of the work of Justin O'Brien, PhD (Swami Jaidev)

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Spanning several decades and ranging from the intellectual to the playful, this new anthology of Swami Jaidev's work features articles, talks, poetry, and Q&A. Journey with him as he explores the life of Thomas Aquinas, contemplates ancient Greek philosophy, reflects on the Tao Te Ching, and demystifies the master-disciple tradition. 


The Art of Fulfilling Your Nature is a brilliant gem of wisdom gained through a lifetime of spiritual exploration and scholarship. I highly recommend this wonderful and insightful book to any and all who are interested in their own personal and spiritual development.

- Dr. Phil Nuernberger, President, SIS

The Passing of
Swami Jaidev Bharati

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Our beloved spiritual teacher, Swami Jaidev Bharati, left his body on June 19, 2021.

This is a great loss for all of us and he has touched many people all over the world.


View a recording of Swamiji's celebration of life

Watch a video tribute of Swamiji throughout the years

Yoga and Spirituality


IHT is dedicated to fostering the spiritual and daily well-being of students inspired by the holistic teachings of Swami Rama of the Himalayas and the Tradition of the Himalayan Sages.

The Institute of the Himalayan Tradition® was inaugurated as a spiritual teaching center by the saint His Holiness Swami Rama of the Himalayas. One of the rare yoga masters of the world, he was born in the Garhwal Himalayas, raised by the yogic master, Bengali Baba, and trained in the 5000-year-old Himalayan Yoga Tradition, the oldest, non-broken tradition of spirituality in the world. Sent to the West to teach in 1969, Swami Rama demonstrated the scientific basis of yoga’s wisdom and body-mind control at the Menninger Foundation and many universities.

Swami Jaidev and Ma Devi, long-time disciples and close companions of Sri Swami Rama, founded IHT St. Paul and served as spiritual directors. 

Learn more about Swami Rama


Audio Book

Walking with a Himalayan Master is now available as an Audible Audio book!

Download now 

Listen to recordings from prior satsang gatherings. 


Listen now

Watch an interview with Swami Jaidev

(Dr. Justin O'Brien)

Listen to Swami Jaidev on Edge Talk Radio and 

The Mischke Roadshow 

(start at 22:30)


Hear Swami Jaidev


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Ma Devi's blog

Follow Ma Devi's journey from early childhood to the formation of the Institute of the Himalayan Tradition. 

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