The History of Yoga: Modern Yoga

The modern history of yoga was started in the western world. Do you know the person who initiated the modern period? How about the influence of other Yoga teachers?

This article contains general information which will help you to answer the questions above. This article would also be the last article which writes about the history of yoga since modern Yoga would be the newest period in the history of yoga.

The History of Yoga: Modern Yoga

Swami Vivekananda
Modern yoga was introduced by young Swami Vivekananda in the Parliament of Religions which was held in Chicago in 1893. Swami (master) Vivekananda impressed the American public and ended up being the most popular diplomat. After the Parliament of Religions, Swami Vivekananda attracted many students to learn about Yoga and Vedanta.

Actually, there were many Yoga masters had visited Europe to spread the lessons of Yoga. However, none of them has the same influence as Swami Vivekananda.

Paramahansa Yogananda
Paramahansa became the most popular Yoga teacher in the early period of Modern Yoga after Swami Vivekananda. Five years after his arrival in Boston in 1920, he established the Self-Realization Fellowship.

Ramacharaka became the next popular figure after the 1920s. Actually, Ramacharaka was not an actual person. Ramacharaka was the description of two people, William Walker atkinson and his teacher, Baba Bharata.

Jiddu Krishnamurti
Jiddu Krishnamurthi would be the next person who delighted many Westeners through his expressive talks. Jiddu Krishnamurthi demonstrated the wisdom of the Yoga of discernment (Jnana-Yoga) and invited huge numbers of listeners and readers.

Indra Devi
Indra Devi also known as The First Lady of Yoga”. Indra Devi, through the figure of Hatha-Yoga, Indra Devi entered the mainstream society of America.

Now, in her nineties, Indra Devi still has a big influence in the world of Yoga.

Selvarajan Yesudian
Selvarajan Yesudian was the most conspicuous Yoga teacher in the 1950s. Selvarajan Yesudian’s Sport and Yoga sold more than 500,000 copies and being translated into more than 14 languages.

There are still so many influential Yoga teachers, such as Swami Rama Tirtha, Yogendra Mastamani, Shrila Prabhupada and others which sadly, cannot be written at this moment due to the limitation of time.

Nevertheless, they all have similar influence and definitely have created a new way of yoga expansion. One the way was through the initiation of the new period of Yoga, Modern Yoga.

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