Swami Vijay (Lawrence Vijay Girard) read Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda in 1969 at the age of 17. Since his arrival at Ananda Sangha in 1972 he has been dedicated to practicing and sharing Yogananda’s teachings as guided by Swami Kriyananda. As a founding member of Ananda Sangha he traveled extensively with Swami Kriyananda and was co-founder of Ananda Sacramento and a founding member of Ananda India in NCR, Pune and Dehradun. He has spent over 10 years serving in India and is currently the founder and resident Acharaya (Teacher) at Ananda Sangha Dehradun .

His diverse life experiences with a wide variety of businesses, as a father, and interacting with people from many different backgrounds has given him the ability to communicate the Yoga Teachings in a way that is understandable and practical. Through sharing the techniques and ideals that he has found so valuable he strives to encourage others to seek their own Divine potential.