Yoga and America Part 2: The Arrival

January 1, 2014    BY Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

Yoga came to America in waves, starting over 100 years ago. Panditji mentions a number of masters who brought their knowledge of yoga philosophy and practice here. He describes how yoga grew organically, with its different limbs or aspects integrated, until the late 1970’s, when a new trend started that included brand-name yoga and an almost exclusive emphasis on asana. He commends American yogis for the huge jump in the number of yoga practitioners and for refining asana to a high degree.

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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
Spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute, Pandit Tigunait is the successor of Swami Rama of the Himalayas. Lecturing and teaching worldwide for more than a quarter of a century, he is the author of fourteen books, including his recently-released The Secret of the Yoga Sutra, and his autobiography Touched by Fire: The Ongoing Journey of a Spiritual Seeker. Pandit Tigunait holds two doctorates: one in Sanskrit from the University of Allahabad in India, and another in Oriental Studies from the... Read more>>


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