A Brief History of Yoga Gurus

in America

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


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



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



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.



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 arrives in San Francisco

Bikram Choudhury founds his school in Hollywoood, CA



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



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



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

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