Subject Keywords: Founder, Yogendra ji, yoga, asana
Rights: The Yoga Institute
Biography: Yogendraji was born as Mani Haribhai Desai in 1897 in Gujarat. He learnt all about Yoga from his guru, Paramhamsa Madhavadasji, and with his blessing he went on to teach the masses about yoga. He founded The Yoga Institute at ‘The Sands’, the residence of Dadabhai Naoroji in Versova in 1918. Following this, he travelled to the United States and founded The Yoga Institute in Harriman, New York, in 1920, where he undertook much research on the subtle physiological and psychological effects of yoga along with scientists and doctors. He has written many authoritative texts on yoga based on the ancient scriptures. Some of his books are even preserved in the Crypt of Civilization for posterity. Along with his wife, Sitadevi, Yogendra continued to teach and spread the awareness of classical yoga at the institute until his passing away in 1989.
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