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Yogi Matsyendranath Maharaj is a Guru of Russian origin recognised in India (his mundane name is Maxim Matsiendranatkh). He was born in Bryansk, the city of the Russian Federation, graduated from Youngdong University (Youngdong, South Korea), where he did Bachelor of Physical Education in "Master of Kouksundo (ancient Korean health system)." He also studied religious rituals, yoga and tantra in India and Nepal.
In Russia, he is known as the first of the Russians who has been ever initiated in the Nath tradition. Yogi Matsyendranath was completely trained in Nath Sampradaya in India, he has been ordained to be a Guru and attorned the authority to initiate adepts into the Tradition. He has translated and published several fundamental texts belonging to the Nath Tradition from Indian languages into Russian. In addition, under his guidance the magazine "Adesh", dedicated to the Nath Tradition, has been issuing since 2008 to the present.
Being the first who has introduced the Nath Tradition to Russian people and opened the way into the Tradition for spiritual seekers, Yogi Matsyendranath has also promoted other currents allied to Nathism, such as Tantrism, Shaktism, etc. He has been given an access to certain Tantric lineages, where those who are not from India or Nepal by origin are rarely initiated. He has received higher initiations in the Tantric Shrividya cult from Guru Shri Chidganandanatha (Kishingarh, Rajasthan), and the authority of the initiating Guru.