The Founder-Director of The Lonavla Yoga Institute (India) Dr. M. L. Gharote has been the direct disciple of Swami Kuvalyananda and remained with him for 12 long years. After demise of Swami Kuvalayananda he continued to work in Kaivalyadhama in various capacities as Assistant Director of Scientific Research, Deputy Director of Philosophic-Literary Research and Principal of G.S. College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis for 30 years.

He was associated with Swami Kuvalayananda not only as a student but also as subject for his scientific experiments and also a co-worker. He was influenced by the personality and varied contributions of Swami Kuvalayananda in the fields of Yoga and Physical Education and decided to work in this field.

Dr. M. L. Gharote born on 21-5-1931 is M.A., M. Ed, (Phy.), Ph.D. (Anthrop.) Ph.D. (Alt. Med.), D. Litt., D.Y.P. He specialized himself in Physical Education and varied aspects of Yoga like Scientific research, Literary research, Yoga training, Yoga therapy. He received various prestigious honors and awards including one for medical research in Yoga. As an author and co-author he has to his credit 16 books on Yoga and more than 100 scientific and literary papers on Yoga.

He has extensively traveled world over and participated in International and National conferences on Yoga and allied themes. Some of his books are translated in German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese languages.

Some of his books are award winning. He has been advisor to Yoga Teachers Training Programmes in Europe and Latin America.Foundation of The Lonavla Yoga Institute (India)With such a background and wide experience in varied aspects of Yoga and inspired by visionary activities of Swami Kuvalayananda he was prepared to start Lonavla Yoga Institute (India) in May 1996.

After retirement of Dr. M. L. Gharote from the services of Kaivalyadhama, he preferred to establish Lonavla Yoga Institute (India) in Lonavla where the scientific Yoga movement was started by Swami Kuvalayananda.
Dr. M. L. Gharote passed away for his heavenly abode on 17th January 2005.