Yoga find its roots in the sanskrit word called “Yuj” which means to “To Unite Or To Join Together” designed aesthetically with special body postures for one’s relaxation on a spiritual level and physical plain as well.
It has been an inevitable practice for yogis since ancient times and is now the most internationally celebrated bodily art forms, crafted by internationally acclaimed and renowned yoga gurus from around the world.
Here is a list of maestros on the path of yoga who have promoted this bodily art backed with Indian ethos in the world with the vision to make lives better for all.
1) SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
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The divine orator and hero of native India makes it to the top of the list. The world’s parliament of religions in Chicago was the platform he utilized to introduce yoga to the west through his inspiring speeches and lectures, it was when he propounded the theory of yoga stating the importance of Jnana, Bhakti, Karma And Raja Yoga after his extensive research of several years.
He was also a social activist who went on to establish Shri Ram Krishna Mission which was a mass movement in the realms of religious adherence for the betterment of the commoners and the masses, which is having 125 branches around the world as of now.
2) TIRUMALAI KRISHNAMACHARYA
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The list would be incomplete without the founder and the guiding light of Ashtanga Yoga who had incorporated the specific yoga asanas with breathing techniques and chanting of bhajans, a complete package that unites the mind, body and soul. He is called as the father of modern yoga, as he taught viniyoga derived from the “yoga sutras of patanjali” which claimed that every individual has different needs and must be treated according to that.
3) RODNEY YEE
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Rodney Yee an American by nationality and the co-owner of a famous Yoga studio named Yoga Shanti. He is a prominent yoga instructor whose inclination towards the utilization of mind, body and soul all together led him to the land of yoga in early 1990’s which satiated his desires and the impact that his teachings and yoga practices have on the masses is remarkable.
4) ALAN FINGER
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Alan Finger the son of Mani finger who hails from South Africa was very well acquainted with the yoga practices because of his father as he was a renowned yogi. He practiced Ishta Yoga and was much acclaimed as the Tantric and Kriya Yoga Master in his native place. He mixed different styles and came out with his unique form with a blend of Hath, Tantra and Ayurveda. He is now a yogi for more that 50 years.
5) KIA MILLER
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Kia Miller is a certified yoga practitioner and founder of Radiant Body Yoga in Venice, CA who discovered her need for peace and higher consciousness and found yoga as a medium to nourish the mind, body and soul and feel comfortable in one’s own body.
She is a devoted yogini who imparts knowledge about yoga and its impact. She is certified in Ashtanga/Vinyasa flow tradition and Kundalini Yoga as well.
6) BARON BAPTISTE
Baron Baptiste being a renowned yoga teacher is of no surprise as he was born to America’s pioneered yoga instructors Magna and Walt Baptiste. As he grew up with yoga, he recalls his trips to India where he was also the part of pilgrims to Rishikesh. He incorporated different styles of yoga like Ashtanga, Iyengar, Raja and Bikram he came up with his own unique style in the form of Power Yoga which claims that yoga is 20% mechanics and 80% spiritual psychology.
7) RIMA RANI RABBATH
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Being a certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher, she is also a founder of Souk Of Rima Rima Rani Rabbath is yogini who hails from Beirut, Lebanon. She practices and teaches Jivamukti Yoga with a blend of yoga knowledge, humour and curated music which exceptionally helps her yoga apprentices to deepen their level of consciousness and understanding of the various aspects of this aesthetic practice.
8) NOAH MAZE
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Noah Maze hails from LA and he is the owner and founder of YogaMaze. He regularly practiced Hatha Yoga when he was 14 and spent his whole life learning about the subject. He has designed his curriculum to sharpen the skills and set pathways for students and teachers to deepen their knowledge.
9) SEANE CORN
Seane Corn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher and a social activist who has her own way of self expression through yoga and healing practices. She works for Global Seva Challenge from Uganda which raises fund for HIV/AIDS pandemics and against sex trafficking. She has been through various places like India, South Africa, America, Haiti to create awareness about yoga and to promote the practice worldwide.
10) BIKRAM CHOUDHURY
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He is an Indian yoga teacher who hails from Kolkata and is a founder of Bikram Yoga, a practice with specific postures from Hatha Yoga which are being performed under hot climatic conditions of about 40 C. Hence, it has been named as Hot Yoga. He grew up learning Hatha Yoga since childhood and won National India Yoga Championship for three consecutive years.
11) SRI DHARMA MITTRA
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He is a yoga maestro and director of Dharma Yoga Centre in New York, USA. He spent his life teaching yoga and serving to humanity and is famous for his outstanding contributions in the field of yoga. He created a chart of 908 postures of yoga for attaining a higher level of consciousness along with a radiant and healthier version of oneself.
12) HEIDI KRISTOFFER
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Heidi Kristoffer is a creator and producer of Microsoft Bing Fitness Yoga and MSN Yoga, she is a renowned wellness expert who works for multiple online platforms with an objective of making her teachings accessible to the masses so that they can enjoy a healthy and happier lives.
She has also been rated as one of the hottest trainers in America by the Shape Magazine. Heidi states that she is on her mission to help everyone with her teachings through very medium possible.
13) SRI K. PATTABHI JOIS
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A sanskrit scholar and an Indian yoga guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois was well versed with art of yoga as he grew up in the brahmin family in the southern state of Karnataka, he learned vedas and attended yoga demonstrations as what most of the brahmin boys would do. He learned yoga from T. Krishnamacharya one of the most distinguished gurus of early 20th century. He performed Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga style and established Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore in 1984.
14) SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR
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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a spiritual leader and the founder of Art Of Living who has dedicated his life in serving to humanity. He often stresses over the need to strengthen the value system and working for the betterment of the humanity worldwide. His foundation encourages the practice of Sudarshan Kriya which is the most distinguished form of practices in the Indian Yoga system
which deepens the conscious and fastens the healing process.
15) BABA RAMDEV
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Last but not the least, our very own Baba Ramdev a revolutionary who reached the masses and popularised “Kapalbhati” and “Anulom Vilom” amongst the commoners. His impeccable contribution in taking the ayurveda and yoga to the masses away from the realms of traditional set of beliefs through extensive campaigning and popularizing it worldwide cannot be left unnoticed.
He is a dynamic personality in all aspects who has worked in spheres other than yoga and actively participated in business, politics and agriculture with the objective of social welfare and betterment of the masses including the poor and underprivileged. He is the founder of Patanjali Ayurveda Ltd.
So folks these were the celebrities in the field of spiritual practice and yoga who have contributed in the pursuit of delivering unparalleled and incredible.
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