Speaking Engagements


Yogi Shanti Desai and Peace Pilgrim, 1978
Yogi Desai hosts Peace Pilgrim at the Glassboro Ashram in 1978. Peace Pilgrim was a world-renowned spiritual teacher, mystic, pacifist, vegetarian and peace activist. Her book, Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words, was translated into 12 languages and in 2017 she was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

Yogi Shanti Desai is modern yoga master who resides along the East Coast of the U.S. Born in a spiritual environment in Gujarat, India, he has practiced yoga his entire life and has taught many thousands of students over the past 50 years.

His teachings are highly practical and holistic, guiding students to confront rather than escape the challenges of everyday life, while simultaneously growing within.

Shanti is available to share his wisdom and insight with those who have open minds and hearts and who are willing to wake up from the illusions of life.

Having successfully integrated material, social, and spiritual life, Shanti’s ambition at his present stage in life is to serve others:

“I wish to be instrumental in waking people up. I wish to guide them in a contemporary holistic way to transform their lives. I like to teach groups and awaken love within them to transform their lives. I like to interact with them and reach them at their level with compassion and guide them with my lifetime of experiences.”

Yogi Desai’s message is universal and suitable for students of all ages, professions, and religious backgrounds. His core teachings encourage students to grow in wisdom and generate a surplus of health, money, and time as needed for the spiritual journey.

He relates the essential teachings of religions and spiritual masters to students in a contemporary way, and recommends a scientific approach to spiritual growth. This calls for continual use of logic, questioning, and direct personal experience rather than blindly following others.

Yogi Shanti Desai Yogi Shanti Desai and  teacher training in Iceland in 1998
Yogi Shanti Desai leads teacher training in Iceland in 1998


  • Accept yourself. You are perfect here and now. Awaken from cosmic illusion (Maya). Bliss is our essential basic nature. Realize it by being still.
  • Be empty. Think clearly, think out of the box, think creatively, and make a quantum leap.
  • Be clear about your primary goal and direction in life. Learn to use secondary goals as means to achieve your primary goal.
  • Let go of past conditioning, illusions of future, and escapes in the present. Be self-reliant. Learn to live in the present and to flow with life.
  • Balance secondary goals of health, prosperity and time by using wisdom. Create surplus. Make a quantum leap to success instead of getting caught in unnecessary disciplines.
  • World is a school. Learn to balance material and spiritual life.
  • Make friendship with your body and mind. Integrate thought, speech and action to transform life.
  • Learn meditation to become introverted. Quiet the mind and experience bliss.
  • Learn to apply breathing and awareness during your active day. Use spiritual reflections as an undercurrent to guide your life. Allow life to become meditation.
  • You are the co-creator of your destiny. Project your reality by visualization, taming the subconscious mind, and using affirmations. Make a quantum leap to material and spiritual success.
  • Learn self hypnosis and affirmations to reprogram the brain, change your lifestyle, reduce impulsive habits, and manage health, money and time.
  • Reach unconscious mind to remove negative conditioning (Sanskaras). Enjoy life with freedom and bliss.

To inquire about pricing and availability, contact Yogi Shanti Desai directly at info@yogishantidesai.com and (609)-380-7944.