Swamini Vinayananda first met Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda on his first world tour as the newly appointed Head of Chinmaya Mission worldwide when he visited Melbourne in 1994. This was a turning point in her life, meeting her Guru.
Greatly inspired and after some correspondence with Guruji, she was invited to do the Brahmachari Course in India. She gave up her career as a Mathematics teacher at Korowa Anglican Girls School to embrace the spiritual quest. In 1996-8 she completed her studies of Advaita Vedanta at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai, India then returned to Australia and took up the post of resident acharya (teacher) in the Melbourne Ashram in Templestowe. Here she led a monastic life of meditation and sadhana as well as teaching the Hindu Scriptures such as Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads and other Advaitic texts, Vedic Chanting and basic Sanskrit.
She teaches children, teenagers, youth and adults. Swamini is committed to the Advaitic vision of the oneness of all and has dedicated her life to bring this liberating knowledge to humanity. Swamini moved to Bendigo in 2010 to share these teachings throughout country Victoria. She currently lives in Castlemaine and teaches in Bendigo, Castlemaine, Ballarat, Mount Macedon, Mildura and Melbourne conducting weekly classes, day and weekend retreats. Swamini has also conducted three Yatras (Spiritual Tours) in India in 2012, 2014 and 2019 and is doing one next year 2021 to Char Dham in the Himalayas.