Legacy of the Sages

24 Sep

This article, published in Yoga International, may be of interest to those of you who are curious about a brief history of Yoga, its teachers, and how they came to the West, as told by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute.  It also explores some of the deeper elements and paths of yoga.  Enjoy!


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“Yoga comes from a rich tradition, one whose origins are lost in the mists of time. It is at once a philosophy and a practice. As a philosophy, yoga is the voice of the sages telling us clearly who we are, where we come from, and where we are going. As a practice, yoga is a technique developed by the sages to help us awaken our dormant abilities, to strengthen our body, to focus our mind, and to unlock our limitless potential to become anything we wish to become.

Yoga is the embodiment of the collective experiences of thousands of adepts and aspirants over a span of centuries. Born in the East, it made its way to the New World in increments, taking almost a century to fully manifest here in the West. Yoga made its official entrance into the New World in 1893, when a great Indian yogi, Swami Vivekananda, addressed the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago.” ~Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

Read the rest here.


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