Yoga Through The Ages: Here Is The List Of 11 Inspiring Yoga Gurus Of India Till Date

Maharishi Patanjali

 “The Father of Yoga” – Maharishi Patanjali was the one who compiled 195 yoga sutras, a collection of aphorism on yoga.  The concept of Patanjali was of eight folded path of yoga, known as “Ashtang Yoga”.

B.K. S. Iyengar

He was one of the foremost person who spread yoga across the globe through his dynamic style of yoga called as “Iyengar Yoga”. He was a prominent defender of the Patanjali yoga sutras. “Iyengar Yoga” is defined as a type of “Hatha yoga” focusing on correct alignment of the body. To know more about B.K.S Iyengar read my article B.K.S. Iyengar: The Man Who Disseminated Yoga across the Globe

K. Pattabhi Jois

Shri Krishna Pattabhi Jois was known worldwide for his “Ashtang Yoga”. He established the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute at Mysore with an aim to experiment on therapeutic aspects of yoga. Later on, in 2006, he opened a school in Florida, United States.

Swami Kuvalayananda

Swami Kuvalayananda is known for his research related to scientific foundations of yoga. He founded the Kaivalyadhama Health and Yoga Research Centre in the year 1924. Moreover, he published the first scientific journal dedicated towards the study of yoga, known as “Yoga Mimamsa”.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Swami Satyananda Saraswati was a yoga teacher popular in India as well as in the West. He founded the Divine Life Society and the Bihar School of Yoga. The “Satyananda Yoga” or “Bihar Yoga” has its core essence on Tantra.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is the founder of ‘Transcedental Meditation Techniques” and taught this system of yoga to more than 5 million people across the globe.

Paramahansa Yogananda

Paramahansa Yogananda is known for introducing ‘Kriya Yoga’ and meditation to the western world. He emphasized on the relation between yoga and spirituality. His book ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ gained appreciation from the yoga practitioners.

Swami Ramdev

I don’t think I need much to say about Swami Ramdev. A multi faceted person known for his contribution to yoga, Ayurveda, agriculture and now-a-days business and politics too. He owes the credit to create awareness about yoga among the common mass. He founded the Patanjali Yogpeeth which has its centres in and outside the country. 

Bikram Choudhury

Bikram Choudhury is known for his “Bikram Yoga” which involves 26 yoga asanas sequence that is said to have a healing effect on the body and the mind. He began yoga at the age of four with Bishnu Ghosh, renowned physical culturist at that time and the younger brother of Paramhansa Yogananda. Bikram Choudhury is the founder of worldwide Yoga College of India.

Bharat Thakur

Bharat Thakur is the founder of the “Artistic Yoga” and conducts corporate yoga workshops throughout the world. He studied the different forms of yoga like Ashtanga Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Karma Yoga and Kundalini Yoga under Guru Sukhdev.

Suneel Singh

Suneel Singh is the new age yoga guru who symbolizes modernity with tradition. His style of yoga integrates the conventional form of yoga with other forms of exercises. He is known for curing his patient using tools like ‘zodiac sign’, ‘Hasya Yoga’ and ‘Yoga Chi’.
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