Indian activist

Jaggi Vasudev (born 3 September 1957), known publicly as Sadhguru, is an Indian  yogi  and author.  In 2017, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award, by the  Government of India  for his services in the field of social services.

Sadhguru graduated from the University of Mysore with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1973. On 23 September, 1982, he rode up to the Chamundi Hill and sat on a rock, where he had a ‘spiritual experience’, which gave rise to his interest in yoga. In 1983, he conducted his first yoga class with seven participants in Mysore, and soon he began conducting yoga classes across Karnataka and Hyderabad. In 1992, he established Isha Foundation, which has been involved in various activities in the field of spirituality, education, and environment. The organisation has been subject to mixed reception.

Sadhguru is the author of several books, including Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy (2016). As a public speaker he has spoken at the United Nation’s Millennium World Peace Summit, the House of Lords, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the International Institute for Management Development. He has also spoken at the annual World Economic Forum in 2007, 2017 and 2020.