Born in Montréal Sri Venu (Stéphane Boisjoly) is a Canadian from Abenaki First Nation and French ancestry. He started to practice Yoga and Meditation daily in 1969. In 1971 he moved to the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram in Québec to study full time with Swami Vishnudevananda.
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.
Founder of the Vancouver Sivananda Centre, Sri Venu teaches traditional East Indian Yoga, Meditation, Philosophy and Chanting.
He is also a professional Television broadcaster and has recently held the position of Regional director of French CBC-Radio Canada in Vancouver and of Broadcast Manager of the Vancouver Winter Games in 2010 and of the London Olympics in 2012. 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 and Theatres and has been broadcast on Television Networks around the world including CBC/Radio-Canada.
Sri Venu also trains Yoga and Advanced Yoga Teachers at the Sivananda Centre, at Langara College in Vancouver and other fine Yoga Institutions. He is registered (E.R.Y.T. 500) with the Yoga Alliance and Registered Senior Teacher with the Yoga Association of BC.