Founder & Spiritual Guide

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Gregorian Bivolaru, also known as Grieg, is the spiritual guide of Natha Yoga center and the founder of MISA (the Movement for Spiritual Integration into the Absolute) in Romania.

He was born on 12 March 1952, in Tartasesti, a small town outside of Bucharest, Romania. As a child, he often had recurring dreams of himself as a Tibetan Yogi with a very high spiritual level and accomplishments.In these dreams, he remembered many different yogic techniques, which he began to practice with amazing results. Amazing synchronicities linked the events in his dreams to those in his life. Gradually, Grieg learned to recognize the importance of these events, and put them into a meaningful and coherent system of fundamental spiritual truths.With this background, he was able to obtain many psycho-mental effects in a very short time, something which is considered to be paranormal- just by practicing on his own.All these experiments culminated when he was 19 years old, with a decisive breakthrough in which he attained the state of spiritual enlightenment.Simultaneously with these yogic experiments, he studied intensively the oriental wisdom texts, and in these texts he found many confirmations of the experiences he had while practicing Yoga.Grieg went deeper and deeper into the yogic practices and his study of the sacred yogic scriptures, as well as works by the more modern saints Such as Ramakrishna, Shivananda and Yogananda. He managed to achieve high results in all the techniques he came across.

He then built a western Yoga school, based on his own practical experience of the ancient methods of self-realization.He began teaching yoga in Bucharest in 1978, and from the very beginning, his Yoga was acknowledged to be revolutionary and extremely effective.He created a new era for Yoga practice in Romania (at that time Romanians knew very little about Yoga.)He collaborated extensively with the Romanian Ministry of Health, and the Association of Psychosomatic Medicine in Bucharest, where he helped many to heal themselves from deadly diseases through Yoga practice.In a relatively short time, Grieg became the center of the intellectual elite in Romania, who immediately recognized the practical value of Yoga, and vigorously involved in Yoga practice under the direct guidance of Grieg.After a few years, the communist mentality that was against any form of organized (non-government) activity that teaches people to think for themselves, started resisting Grieg's activities in a violent way, and they were considered to be highly undesirable.The former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu banned Yoga classes, and generally all teachings with an oriental flavor (martial arts, transcendental meditation, acupuncture, etc..).This made ​​Romania the only country in the world that officially issued a law against all oriental practices of medicine and self-development (this law is not applicable today).Grieg continued to teach Yoga "underground", and in the following years he was supervised, robbed, arrested and tortured by the infamous 'Securitate' (the Romanian Secret Police), together with several of his students.Grieg spent almost 2 years in the Romanian prison – simply because he was a Yoga teacher.He also spectacularly escaped the worst of these prisons (a maximum security prison in the heart of Bucharest) in protest, which gave rise to the stories of his extraordinary paranormal Yogic abilities, which he later confirmed.

After Romanians revolted against Ceausescu, the communist era ended in December 1989, and Yoga was again permitted. Grieg then founded MISA - the Movement for Spiritual Integration into the Absolute.The Romanians, who were thirsty for external and internal freedom, literally flocked to his courses and in a short time Grieg had thousands of students.As for the moment, MISA has more than 40,000 members, with branches in many countries around the world.

Here is a video about the yoga school MISA and Gregorian Bivolarus political case: Soteria International, an organization promoting the spiritual human rights, monitors the MISA and Gregorian Bivolaru case for more than 10 years. Watch an extended interview conducted by Konrad Swenninger representative of Soteria with Catrina Nicolae and Advaita Mihai Stoian.