Dr H. R. Nagendra, Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering)

Dr. Nagendra, a former space scientist at NASA, returned to his native India, changing, as he says, from engineering to human engineering "in search of truth." According to him, the search for ultimate truth through external means (science) did not take him far enough and that is why he chose to dive deep into his own consciousness in search of reality through yoga. He then proceeded to deal with this subject in the scientific manner he has become accustomed to.

In 1975, Dr. Nagendra established the internationally famous Vivekananda Kendra Yoga Research Foundation (or V K YOGAS) which has been renamed Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandana Samsthana (sVYASA).