World Gurus of Yoga: All the yogis have contributed significantly in bringing the form in which Yoga exists among us today. Have a look at 13 Famous Indian Yoga Gurus Who Taught Yoga to the World:
1. Maharishi Patanjali (2nd century BC):
Maharishi Patanjali was the first ancient yoga guru to give systematic form to Yoga Vidya (knowledge) and explained it. In Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga, complete information about religion and philosophy has been kept side by side. He is also called the father of traditional yoga.
2. Yogi Gorakshanath (10th-11th century):
He is considered a yogi to take samadhi (a state of deep meditative contemplation which leads to higher consciousness) to the common people. The books Goraksha Samhita, Goraksha Geet, Siddha Siddhanta Paddhati, Yoga Martand, Yoga Siddhanta Paddhati Yoga Beeta, and Yoga Chintamani have explained yoga and samadhi.
3. Yogi Swatmaram (15th-16th century):
His book ‘Hatha Yoga Pradipika‘ is considered the best book on Yoga ever written. Through this book, an attempt has been made to explain how the purification of the mind begins with the purification of the body.
4. Sri Aarvindo (1872-1950):
He gave the ‘Integral Yoga’ system, through which he tried to explain the connection of matter, life, and mind. This helped the world understand yoga in a more scientific way. Along with yoga, he also took philosophy to the people.
5. Swami Kuvalyananda (1883–1966):
The credit for the scientific study of Indian Yoga goes to Swami Kuvalyananda. He did scientific research on yoga and published the journal. He has contributed a lot in getting yoga recognized through modern research.
6. Paramahansa Yogananda (1893–1952):
His famous Kriya Yoga is seen as a major contribution. They claimed that one minute of Kriya Yoga can give spiritual energy for a year. The book ‘Autobiography of a Yogi‘ is one of the most read books on Yoga in the world.
7. Sivananda Saraswati (1887–1963):
Saraswati formed the Divine Life Society. He wrote about 200 books, which explained that yoga is not just asanas or pranayama, but a way of life. His disciples are now taking forward Sivananda Yoga.
8. Yogi Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888–1989):
He is considered the great yogi of Hatha Yoga. He emphasized that every person is different, so who should do what and how much yoga will be different for every person. Personalized yoga.
9. K. Pattabhi Joyce (1915-2009):
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is his contribution. It is believed that Power Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga are also derived from Ashtanga Yoga. In taking Yoga to the Modern Yoga Studio, K. Pattabhi Joyce has contributed a lot. He gave a modern twist to yoga.
10. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1918-2008):
He developed a meditation technique called Transcendental Meditation (TM). They claimed that with this technique of meditation, a person can do everything in a better way, which he wants to do. He gave special training for it.
11. BKS Iyengar (1918-2014):
Their yoga is known as ‘Iyengar Yoga. How it is possible to treat complex diseases through modern yoga, is considered an important part of Iyengar yoga. Made popular from hatha yoga to pranayama.
12. Shyamacharan Lahiri (1828-1895):
A master of yoga and a disciple of the great Mahavatar Babaji, Shyamacharan Lahiri Ji lived as an auditor and family man by day, and the great guru by night. He never slept but spent the whole night instructing his disciples. He is known to have renewed Kriya Yoga, an ancient meditation technique previously known only by the highest spiritual development. Now all true spiritual seekers can learn and practice this sacred art.
13. Swami Dev Murthy (1903-2011):
Swami Deva Murthy started practicing the ancient practice of yoga at the age of 3. At the age of 5, Swami Deva Murthy was introduced to a great yoga guru from the Himalayas, who took Murthy to the caves of the Himalayas to take the secrets of yoga to him.
In 1958, his teacher, Matji Maharaj (who was around 140 years old) sent him to spread the art and science of yoga across the world.
The system of special exercises for their spine was developed keeping in mind the needs of modern people.
These 13 Best Indian Yoga Gurus in India inspired the world to live a healthy life and taught Yoga to the world and still many modern yogis have been continuing the legacy of these Yoga gurus and keep teaching the modern world about yoga and its benefits.