- Ingvar Villido (1962), born in Southern Estonia received a caring relationship towards nature from childhood. He developed a practical interest in how things work - both in a human being and in the environment. His life has been motivated to find solutions to the core problems every human faces.
- His first experiences with Yoga date back to his teenage years. A more systematic practice and empirical study of the inner world began in 1981. The 1980s and 1990s was a period of intense search. Ingvar visited many spiritual teachers in order to find answers to the main questions in life. He learned and practiced Chinese martial arts (karate, kung-fu), naturopathy, different yoga styles (Raja, Buddhi and Agni Yoga), Dzogchen, Buddhism, Shamanism and the teachings of Osho and Castaneda. Driven by his wish to find answers, he also received initiations from Namkhai Norbu, teacher of the Dzogchen school, Chetsang Kyabgon Rinpoche, the head lama of the Drigung Kagyu school, as well as from Buddhist teachers Drubwang Rinpoche and Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche. Still, he did not receive sufficient answers to his questions about human nature and continued studying different teachings and methods on his own.
- In 1992 Ingvar started teaching Raja and Buddhi yoga in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. The courses became popular. In 1993 he founded Lilleoru center along with his yoga students, which has developed into an international educational hub by now. With a core group of students, hundreds of techniques and methods were tried and tested. Ingvar was looking for a holistic system, but there was still something missing.
- In the early 2000s, Ingvar was initiated into Vedic knowledge by Sri Muniraj, the leader of the Haidakhan Babaji's ashrams. In 2004, Durga Ahlund initiated Ingvar into Babaji's Kriya Yoga, that originates from the Tamil Siddha tradition. In 2007, Marshall Govindan Satchidananda initiated him as the master teacher - Acharya - of Babaji's Kriya Yoga with the spiritual name Ishwarananda. Upon applying the knowledge, techniques, and realizations he received from these initiations into practice, finally gave him the necessary input to put the whole picture together, coming up with the blueprint of human construction. This ended his search, answered his existential questions and enabled him to attain self-realization.
- Thereafter, Ingvar spent years developing techniques that would help others also to realize their true nature. He created methods to enable his yoga students to become free from their automatic reactions and transition to the new paradigm based on using awareness. By further simplifying this teaching, it became applicable also for people without any experience in yoga. This resulted in the five-part The Art of Conscious Change curriculum in 2008. The knowledge and methods taught provide a blueprint for understanding one's inner world, develop qualitatively new basic life-skills for solving one's daily obstacles and through individual practice constantly raise quality life as well as open inner potentials.
- Drawing from his 40-year experience as a Yoga practitioner, empirical research of the inner sphere and 25-year experience as an awareness teacher, Ingvar teaches practical awareness-based wisdom. These are methods to examine one's inner world and change it, creating a new paradigm in understanding the human being in a wholesome manner.
- Ingvar Villido is married and the father of three grown-up children.
- His students describe him as a deeply humane, insightful, thorough, patient, solution-oriented, reliable, simple and naturally good-hearted person who has attained personal liberation as a result of intense yogic practice but has dedicated his life to helping other people. His teachings are the summa summarum of the practical knowledge that led him to realize his True Self, attaining perfection.