In 1972, Swami Muktibodhananda found yoga as an adjunct to classical ballet and soon realised that the major benefits of yoga practice for her, were at an emotional and psychological level. She was fortunate to meet Paramahansa Swami Satyānanda in 1976 at the Sydney World Yoga Convention and so she travelled to India to study under his direct guidance. For 10 years, she lived at the Bihār School of Yoga, Munger, practicing and teaching various aspects of yoga. During this time, she also authored ‘Swara Yoga, the Tantric Science of Brain Breathing’ and commentaries on ‘Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā, the Light on Hatha Yoga’, the C15 AD Sanskrit text by Yogi Swātmarāma. Both books are Bihar School of Yoga publications. In 1986, Swami Muktibodhananda had to leave India and return to Australia, where her base has been ever since. Paramahansa Swāmi Niranjanānanda gave her the title of Yogācharya, Master of Yoga, in 1993.
Swami Muktibodhananda’s goal is to bring the ancient yoga practices into the modern-day context. She continues learning about mind and self and in the last few years, has studied with the William Glasser Institute Australia (WGIA). Swami Muktibodhananda finds the principles of Choice Theory and methods of understanding oneself through Reality Theory analogous with yoga principles.
Swami Muktibodhananda teaches regular yoga and meditation classes in Forest Lake, Brisbane, and conducts workshops and retreats interstate and abroad. She also enjoys teaching yoga philosophy at Yoga and Integrative Medicine Institute (YIMI), One Family Yoga & Fitness and in other institutional settings.