Swami Vishnu Devananda, Peace Plane,
Val-Morin, Québec, 1971
Sri Venu (bottom right), 1972, Sivananda Yoga Ashram, International HQ,
Val-Morin, Québec, Canada
With Production Company InformAction and Director Carlos Ferrand he completed Planet Yoga in 2011, a documentary feature film on Yoga around the world and the role of Swami Vishnudevananda in bringing it to the West. This feature film has been released in Film Festivals, Theatres and broadcast on Television Networks around the world including CBC/Radio-Canada. For a third consecutive year he manages and hosts the United Nations International Day of Yoga in Vancouver.
His father, Jean Boisjoly, in the 50s
Born in Montréal, Sri Venu (Stéphane Boisjoly), is a Canadian from Abenaki First Nation and French ancestry.
He is a descendant of Marie-Madeleine Wabankikoi and Jean-François Liénard a.k.a. Boisjoly, married in the
XVIIth Century by Father Gabriel Lallemant. He started to practice Yoga and Meditation daily in 1969 and moved
to the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram in Québec to study full time with Swami Vishnudevananda in 1971.
One of North America’s most experienced Yoga Acharyas, Stéphane (Sri Venu) started to teach at the Sivananda Headquarters in 1972 and continued his advanced training in the Sivananda Ashram California and in British Columbia until 1976. Also a graduate of the International Meditation Institute of India his studies take him to the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, Auroville in Pondicherry, the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh
and Kullu-Manali in the Himalayas.
In the B.C. Rocky Mountains
Founder of the Vancouver Sivananda Centre, Sri Venu teaches traditional East Indian Yoga, Meditation,
Philosophy and Chanting. Sri Venu is also a professional Television broadcaster and has held the position
of Announcer-Producer at CBC-North for the James Bay Cree and Hudson Bay Inuit communities where
he travelled extensively meeting with elders and shamans. More recently, from 2003 to 2007, he was
Regional director of CBC-Radio Canada French Radio in Vancouver and Broadcast Manager of the
Vancouver Winter Games in 2010 and of the London Olympics in 2012.