A Brief History of Yoga Gurus

in America

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1893

Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) addresses the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago

1920

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952), author of Autobiography of a Yogi (published 1946), arrives in the United States

 

1960

Gurudev Shri Amritji (1932-) arrives in the US as an art student and yoga teacher 

 
Yoga Society of PA with Swami Satchidananda
Yoga Society of PA with Swami Satchidananda
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1966

Gurudev Shri Amritji founds the Yoga Society of Pennsylvania (Non-Profit)

Swami Satchidananda first visits NYC and visits the Yoga Society of PA in 1968.

 
 
Yogi Bhajan
Yogi Bhajan

In 1969, Yogi Bhajan arrives in LA

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Satchidananda1
Satchidananda1

In 1969, Swami Satchidananda opens at the Woodstock Music Festival in New York.

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Swami Rama
Swami Rama

In 1969, Swami Rama arrives in Chicago.

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1969

Swami Satchidananda opens at the Woodstock Festival in New York

Yogi Bhajan arrives in LA

Swami Rama arrives in Chicago, and is hosted by Amritji in 1971, giving lectures at the Yoga Society of PA

Swami Muktananda
Swami Muktananda

In 1970, Swami Muktananda arrives in San Francisco

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Bikram Choudhury
Bikram Choudhury

In 1970, Bikram Choudhary founds his school in Hollywood, CA

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1970

Swami Muktananda arrives in San Francisco

Bikram Choudhury founds his school in Hollywoood, CA

 
Swami Kripalu and Yogi Amrit Desai
Swami Kripalu and Yogi Amrit Desai

Devotees welcome Swami Kripalu walking side-by-side with close disciple, Yogi Amrit Desai.

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1972

Yogi Desai founds the first Kripalu Ashram in Sumneytown, PA with a residential staff of 70

 
Swami Kripalu
Swami Kripalu

In 1977, after multiple requests from his disciple Yogi Amrit Desai, Swami Kripalu decides to visit the United States. He is so touched by the love and devotion of the American spiritual seekers that he decides to stay for 4 years.

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1977

Swami Kripalu accepts an invitation from his foremost disciple, Shri Amritji, to visit America. He is so touched by the love and devotion of the spiritual followers in America that he decides to stay 4 years before returning to India

 
 
Yogi Amrit Desai
Yogi Amrit Desai

In 1996, Yogi Amrit Desai refines his teachings into what is today known as the Integrative Amrit Method of Yoga or I AM Yoga

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1996

Shri Amritji refines his teachings to what is today known as The Integrative Amrit Method or “I AM Yoga”

Yogi Amrit Desai
Yogi Amrit Desai

In 2001, Yogi Amrit Desai moves to Salt Springs, FL and opens the Amrit Yoga Institute where he continues to refine and adapt his teachings to a modern audience.

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2001