Top Indian Yoga Masters
B.K. S. Iyengar
B.K. S. Iyengar is popularly known as Guruji who genuinely explains the meaning of Yoga sutras. He is one of the leading Yoga personalities in the world and popularise yoga across globe. Yogacharya Iyengar’s style of teaching Yoga is unique and termed as ‘Iyengar Yoga’. B. K. S. Iyengar has command over Yogasanas, in fact, has the authority over asanas. Iyengar ji has written many books on Yoga Philosophy such as ‘Light on Yoga’, ‘Light on Pranayama’, ‘Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’, ‘Patanjali Yoga Sutra Paricay’, etc. He is the recipient of Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan. In a survey of Times Magazine, Iyengar ji is named as one of the 100 most Influential People in the World in 2004.
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Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois was born on 26th July, 1915. Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois is one of the multi-faceted Yoga preachers of India and known worldwide about his Ashtanga Yoga. He established Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore. He was the disciple of S.T. Krishnamacharya and his Yogic philosophy revolves around his Guru.
Swami Kuvalayananda is one of the great yoga sages of India. Swami Kuvalayananda was one of the great yoga masters known India and abroad. During his initial days, he was influenced by Sri Aurobindo. He studies the deep relation between Yoga and health of individual and society. To propagate yoga to a large extent, Swami Kuvalayananda established Kaivalyadhama Institute of Yoga at Lonavala, Pune.
Swami Sivananda Saraswati-Yoga of Synthesis
Swami Sivananda Saraswati is one of the spiritual gurus who spread the deep knowledge of Yoga across India. Swami Sivananda Saraswati founded Divine Life Society at Rishikesh to disseminate the spiritual knowledge. His philosophy is based upon Yoga of Synthesis. He was the authored of more than 200 books on Yoga.
Swami Chidananda Saraswati
Swami Chidananda Saraswati is one of the important spiritual sages of India. He was born in 1916 in Tamil Nadu. Chidananda Saraswati was the president of Divine Life Society, Rishikesh. His philosophy of Yoga is based upon Yoga of Synthesis.
Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Swami Satyananda Saraswati was born on 24th December, 1923 at Almorah, Uttarakhand. He was a great Indian Yoga guru and yoga teacher. His memorable work is the foundation of ‘Bihar School of Yoga’ and ‘International Yoga Fellowship’ has proved Satyananda’s devotion and dedication to Yoga. He wrote as many as 80 books including Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha. The Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha book is one of the masterpieces in the field of yoga and has been translated into many languages across the world.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was born on 12th January, 1918 and one of the great Indian Yoga gurus who is famous across the globe equally. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was the founder of ‘Transcendental Meditation Techniques’. He trained many teachers in ‘Transcendental Meditation and taught Transcendental Meditation Techniques to more than 5 million people across the globe.
Paramahansa Yogananda is one of the pioneer Indian Yoga masters who introduced meditation and Kriya Yoga to the western world through his book ‘Autography of a Yogi’. In his another book The Self-Realisation Fellowship Lessons, Paramahansa Yogananda stressed upon the realization of God through Yogic practices.
Top Indian Spiritual Leaders
Maharishi Patanjali is the ‘father of Yoga’ who compiled 195 Yoga Sutras that become the foundation of Yoga philosophy. The commentary on these sutras is called Bhasya. The core essence of Patanjali thought is eightfold path of Yoga (Ashtanga Yoga) that focussed upon healthy living through Yoga. The prominent defender of Patanjali Yoga sutras in the present time is B.K. S. Iyengar.
Sri Aurobindo was one of the brilliant prolific spiritual personalities of India. Sri Aurobindo Ghose was a great yogi, philosopher and poet. Sri Aurobindo penned down total 68 books on different domains of spiritualilty. His best publication is ‘The Life Divine’, which focuses upon theoretical aspects of Yoga, another one is ‘Synthesis of Yoga’ that throws light on practical facets of Yoga. Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry is a great seat of spiritual practice, which is known as Integral Yoga. Auroville or Aurobindo Ashram spread the spirit of universal brotherhood. He was born in Kolkata on 15th August, 1872 and sent to London for study at the age of seven.
Swami Vivekananda was a great socio-spiritual leader and an exponent of Yoga. Swami Vivekananda, the pioneer social reformer whose contribution in the upliftment of Yoga in western world through lectures and discussion is worthwhile. He stressed upon how negative thoughts arises out of physiological, psychological, emotional balance through Yoga. Swami Vivekananda’s philosophical work on Yoga is Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Jnana Yoga. Swami Vivekananda’s important publication on Yoga includes Karma Yoga, Taja Yoga, Vedanta Philosophy: Lectures on Jnana Yoga, Addresses on Bhakti Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga and Raja Yoga.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a world fame spiritual leader who founded the Art of Living Foundation. The main focused of Art of Living Foundation is to ease stress and social problems. He gave lectures on art of living throughout the world including USA, Europe and other countries. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was born on 13th May 1956 in Tamil Nadu.
Modern Indian Yoga Gurus
Swami Ramdev-Patanjali Yogpeeth
A large part of Yoga awareness among common men both nationally and internationally went to Baba Ramdev. Ramdev has specialisation in different forms of pranayama and enables to cure many diseases and ailments including weight loss and lifestyle related disorders. Baba Ramdev pranayama modules is quite popular as yoga for weight loss. Practicing Yoga at home through watching Yoga programme on TV is greatly influenced by Baba Ramdev. It is being practiced all over the country, especially in the rural areas too. Baba Ramdev was born in Haryana in 1965 and made Haridwar as Patanjali Yogpeeth and centre of Yoga awareness. The spiritual guru is also making various medicines and products related with Ayurveda.
He was influenced by Aurobindo Ghosh booklet Yogik Sadhna that led to him deep affection to yoga and meditation in the caves of Himalaya. Ramdev’s morning Yoga slot on Aastha TV made Yoga the household name in India.
Many celebrities and politicians both India and abroad attended his Yoga programmes. He has given yoga lectures in the British Parliament, USA, Japan, United Nations, etc. Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth has acquired a Scottish Isnad for 2 million pounds for overseas yoga base and yoga expansion. It was due to Ramdev that Harvard Uiversity has launched Yoga and Ayurveda in its curriculum.
Baba Ramdev has mastery over Pranayamas such as Bhastrika Pranayama, Kapalbhati, Bahaya, Anulom-Vilom, Bhramri, etc. This is little about biography on Ramdev.
He has been in news due to his political aspiration. Recently, the Uttarakhand government has registered 81 cases against him.
Bikram Choudhury-Bikram Yoga
Bikram Choudhury is one of the most popular yoga fitness gurus. Bikram Choudhary is known all over the world for his unique form of Yoga that is Bikram Yoga. He was born in Kolkata in 1946. There was an interesting story associated with Bikram Chaudhary. Once, the Yoga guru was having knee injury. Many doctors including from Europe gave hope of recovery and claimed that he will not walk ever again. His guru Bishnu Ghose cured his knee injury through the power of Yoga. Bikram Yoga or Hot Yoga is famous all over the world. Bikram Yoga is a training module of 26 postures at a high temperature of 105 0F that gradually increased to 130 0F over the course period of nine weeks. This Hot Yoga maintained humidity 50% and practiced in a room. This form of Yoga provides overall benefits to the entire body.
Bharat Thakur-Artistic Yoga
Bharat Thakur is the leading international known spiritual leader. Bharat Thakur is the founder of Artistic Yoga and conducts Yoga workshop across the world. Bharat Thakur has written many books on Yoga. His authority on Artistic Yoga focuses on the human being through physical and spiritual domains. The main areas of artistic yoga are asana, pranayama, bandha, kriya, shatkarma, mudra and meditation.
Suneel Singh is a modern Yoga guru who taught yoga philosophy through modern perspectives. Suneel Singh has mastery over asanas and is having high level of body flexibility. He is known for some unique forms of treatment modalities such as Zodiac Sign, Hasya Yoga and Yoga Chi. Yoga Chi has similarity to meditation. He is a media friendly person and his yoga programmes are being telecast by many TV channels.