YOGMATA Keiko Aikawa
A remarkably inspirational person in her own rights, Yogamata Keiko Aikawa is the first female and non-Indian Siddha Master, and only one of two Siddha Masters to appear in public to this day. A Siddha Master is a Himalayan saint who has achieved supreme Samadhi, a state of human consciousness that transcends physical and mental to achieve oneness with the source of all creations. This ascetic practice is the most difficult of all, due to possibility of fatality.
Her foray into yoga and healthy living began in her teens as she developed an avid interest in meditation, natural remedies, health management and yoga. These interests led her visits to Tibet, China, and India in her ardent pursuit of learning yoga and eastern medicines. She expanded her knowledge into teaching and founded Aikawa Yoga and General Health Institute, effectively designing the Aikawa Yoga technique in the 70s, including Yoga Dance and Prandi Yoga.
In 1984, Yogmata Keiko Aikawa was introduced to Pilot Baba, a prominent Himalayan Saint, as an appointed yoga assistant. Due to her extensive work and increasing desire to learn more, he extended an invite to her to visit the Himalayas. It was on this trip she met Great Saint Hari Baba, her esteemed mentor who guided her through rigorous ascetic training at altitudes over 5000 meters. It was here that she was able to reach the final stages of Samadhi.
To this day, Yogmata Keiko Aikawa has performed 18 public Samadhis, most notably at the Maha Kumbh Mela, a festival held once every 144 years and attended by over 70 million people. She received the prestigious title of Mahamandaleshwar (the Supreme Master of the Universe) from Juna Akara, the largest spiritual austerities association in India. Her eminence in the yoga and spiritual realm has been widely recognized by political figures worldwide for her blessings & messages of peace, love and unity; featured on BBC, CNN, TV Asahi, Reuters, and guided the publication of 40 books and audio materials.
Yogmata Keiko Aikawa’s charitable work has extended to the establishment of her organization, NPO: Yogmata Foundation, a social welfare service foundation in India, donation of mobile hospitals to remote villages in India, and holding lectures and seminars as part of the World Peace Campaign.
June 2016, she was invited, as a special guest, to celebrate the International Day of Yoga, at the UN Headquarters, and since given keynote speeches and meditation guidance, at UN events, in October 2016 and May 2017.