Swami Sivananda’s two foremost disciples were Swami Chidananda and Swami Krishnananda. Swami Chidananda was appointed President of the Divine Life Society by Swami Sivananda in 1963 and served in this capacity until his death in 2008. Swami Krishnananda was appointed General Secretary of the Divine Life Society by Swami Sivananda in 1958 and served in this capacity until his death in 2001. Swami Krishnananda is widely regarded as one of the most important theologians and philosophers of the 20th century.
Other prominent disciples were Swami Venkatesananda (South Africa, Mauritius, Madagascar, Australia), Swami Pranavananda (Malaysia) and Swami Sivananda Radha (Canada). Another prominent disciple was Sri Swami Sahajananda (South Africa), who was directed by Sri Swami Sivananda to establish the Divine Life Society of South Africa.
- Disciples who went on to grow new organisations
- Swami Chinmayananda founder of the Chinmaya Mission
- Swami Jyotirmayananda, President of the Yoga Research Foundation in Miami, U.S.A.
- Swami Lalitananda, Vice President of the Yoga Research Foundation in Miami, U.S.A.
- Swami Omkarananda, founder of the Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas
- Swami Sahajananda, founder of Divine Life Society of South Africa.
- Swami Satchidananda, founder of the Integral Yoga Institutes, U.S.A.
- Swami Satyananda Saraswati, founder of Satyananda Yoga movement
- Swami Shantananda, founder of Temple of Fine Arts(Malaysia & Singapore)
- Swami Sivananda Radha, founder of Yasodhara Ashram in British Columbia, Canada
- Swami Vishnu-devananda, founder of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres, HQ Canada
- Saint Chot, born Chot Hasabamrer in the Kingdom of Siam in 1900, was a master of yoga in the tradition of Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh with whom he lived for a five-year period from the early 1940s.