Yoga, Vedanta and the Buddhist teaching of Mindfulness (Satipatthana) are all part of the teachings of the Great Himalayan Masters.The Himalayan region has brought forth many great wisdom teachers, Sages and Saints., including lesser known ones like Nityananda of Ganeshpuri who walked these Mountains immersed in a state of knowing that is not limited by religious bias, cultural boxes or styles of Yoga. It is this pure and yet universal wisdom which attracted Swami Nityamuktananda to dedicate her life to it. She took samnyasa (becoming a traditional Indian renunciate and teacher) in 2003 from Swami Anubhavananda and confirmed her vows in a traditional Vedic ceremony with Swami Veda Bharati in 2007
Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati (Dr. Christa-Maria Herrmann ( PhD; MA; MEd; DAD; Dip theol; Dip Ed; etc.), German by birth (1945), naturalised British, originally studied Theology; her university studies soon expanded to Education, Psychology, Philosophy and Art and Design (Ceramics). In fact she has never stopped studying and never stopped teaching. Be it in colleges and universities; in workshops and international conferences, in Yoga Institutes and ashrams; or even on Silent Retreats etc. At the centre of her studies and teachings always is the subject of ‘Self-awareness’.
Life in Asia (Australia and America) awakened her interest in Eastern Philosophy (Taoism and Zen) and led to the Zen-arts of Raku (as an artist potter she exhibited worldwide) and Shiatsu (one of several complementary medicines she studied and practiced).
As artist and philosopher merged more and more, a unique combination emerged of deep involvement in Meditation, Sattipahana (mindfulness) and Ngal So; as well as the contemplative practices of Jnana Yoga and Vedanta. Throughout, she worked with several great spiritual Masters among them Zen-Masters, great Siddhas, the Tibetan Lama and Tulku T.Y.S. Gangchen, the great Yogi Swami Maheshananda and H.H. Swami Anubhavananda (Acharya of Vedanta) and M.M. (Mahamadeleschwara) Swami Veda Bharati, disciple of Swami Rama of the Himalayas.
In 1997 she made her Doctorate in Eco-philosophy on the subjects of the Mahabhutas (Five Great Elements) and has since contributed world-wide in conferences and workshops. The wisdom of the of the Mahabhutas, the five Elements, is a universal concept shared by many, if not all wisdom-traditions around the globe; including but by no means only, Yoga Philosophy.
Swami Nityamuktananda continuously travels around the world, sharing wisdom and spiritual practices including meditation and “The Five Elements”. All this from Norway to New Zealand, from Germany to Mexico; from Japan to Ecuador; from Singapore and Australia to Ireland.
She has been teaching especially in two centres in India, for many years: Kaivalyadhama, Yoga Research Institute, Lonavla as well as SRSG (Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama; Rishikesh Himalayas).
In 1997 she was awarded a ‘World-Peace Prize’ for contributions to World Peace (LGWPF/ NGO of UN).
Swami Nityamuktananda is the founder-member of the Council of European Grandmothers; estblished 2015 for reawakening the wisdom and values of the feminine principle, in order to create balance and harmony in all walks of life.
She is the author of several books especially an encyclopedic book on the Five Elements; as well as a simpler version, Simply Five Energy Fields, translated into Italian and German; soon to appear in Romanian and Hungarian.