The first Yoga Camp, in 1961, was at the summer home of some students. He was amazed to see westerners willing to give up all their material comforts to sleep on the floor and take cold showers. In February 1962, Swamiji came to the present site in Val Morin, Quebec, and that summer, the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp was opened.
Swami Vishnudevananda worked tirelessly to instill a strong, practical understanding of yoga and Vedanta in the people who came to him. He taught a synthesis of yoga designed to work on all aspects of the personality. His motto ”Health is Wealth. Peace of Mind is Happiness. Yoga Shows the Way” continues to inspire all who come to learn about the yogic lifestyle at the ashrams and centres around the world. Author of the longtime bestselling The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga, Swami Vishnudevananda was recognized as a world authority on hatha and raja yoga. His other books are: Meditation and Mantras, A Commentary on the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and Karma and Disease. Swami Vishnudevananda attained mahasamadhi on November 9, 1993.