Yoga exercise as an idea was introduced in the West a long period of time ago. It is only now that more and more Americans are taking it much more seriously compared to they ever did previously.

Yoga as a lifestyle is catching on quick with the Westerners as a growing number of people familiarize themselves with the fact behind this centuries-old Indian method.

It was to the end of the eighteenth century that Western scholars started to know how very closely related the Indian languages are with their European counterparts. The research of such an interconnectedness that occurred introduced them to the concept of yoga as it existed in the Indian sacred texts.

An innovation came when Englishman Charles Wilkins spearheaded the translation of Sanskrit text of The Bhagvad Gita to English. It was likewise the efforts of American statesman Alexander Hamilton that very closely researches the Indian culture, custom, languages as well as delivered a lecture in Paris about India in the year 1802-03.

By the nineteenth century, the know-how of yoga was spreading among the Westerners who were involved closely with the study of Indian texts. They managed to trace the development of the principle from its source, since English translations of the contents were available to them. Notable in this field and deserving of reference are the efforts of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson that made the above mentioned possible. Additionally, throughout the very same time, a pressure of the though refines behind yoga likewise started to be felt in the jobs of the American and European Romantics.



As is typically understood, and earlier pointed out, yoga has become a means of life with a lot of Westerners. It has actually not only been incorporated in the daily lives of people, but likewise in their point of view.

This know-how of yoga as a concept came into the preferred awareness of westerners via a number of occasions of cross-fertilization as a result of close interaction in between both societies.

Swami Vivekananda, an Indian intellectual, supplement to making Indian culture acquainted to the West is distinctive. His address at Chicago in 1893 to the World's Parliament of Religions is possibly the most important occasion that assisted India to reach out to the world. Indian expert Parmahansa Yogananda I another important figure that made yoga exercise well-liked in the West, with his teachings, the Self-Realization Fellowship that he set up, and via his very own autobiography.

Various other figures worthy of reference are B.K.S. Iyengar (founder of Iyengar Yoga), Swami Rama (the Himalayan Institute), Swami Satchidananda (Integral Yoga), and Swami Vishnu-devananda (Sivananda Yoga).