International Yoga Day 2023: List of all famous and great Yogis of India

International Yoga Day 2023: June 21 is considered the annual global yoga day. This year marks the 9th anniversary of International Yoga Day. And today, we are here to shed light on some of the greatest meditators of all time whose teachings have led to mankind’s spiritual evolution. In general, Yogis are people who are sannyasins or people who practice Yoga, living an austere life. The feminine form of Yogi is Yogini. A great yogi/yogini will inspire people through the way they live and demonstrate the yoga path.

1- Adi Shankaracharya (788 AD)


Adi Shankaracharya traveled with other thinkers and philosophers of his time to spread his philosophy through discourses and debates. He established four mathematics that helped him revive and spread the Advaita Vedanta. He asserts Atman (soul, ego) exists in Hinduism, while Buddhism has no soul, no ego. He is said to be the organizer of the Dashanami monastic order and unifying the tradition of Shanmata worship. He is considered Jagadguru, a title used in the Dharma Sanatana which means Guru of the Universe.

2- Abhinavagupta (circa 950-1016 AD)


The author of Tantrāloka, Abhinavagupta was a multi-talented mystic and philosopher who left a strong influence on Indian culture. He studied all the philosophical and artistic schools of that time. He is famous for his contributions to Kashmiri Shaivism.

3- Lahiri Mahasaya (1828-1895)


Lahiri Mahasaya brought Kriya Yoga back to life. Unlike other meditators, he does not denounce the material world in search of ultimate self-realization but achieves it as a worldly person. He is a householder and an accountant. He also accepted social outcasts and people of other faiths as his students, even though he was a high caste Brahmin from an orthodox Hindu society.

4- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (1836-1886)


Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was a legendary mystic and bhakti yogi who experienced spiritual ecstasy from a young age. He was influenced by a number of religious traditions and his teachings focused on realizing God as the ultimate purpose of all human life. He was a priest at Dakshineshwar Kali Temple and was known to many for his mystical temperament and ecstasy. He is considered Paramahamsa, a title given to enlightened Hindu spiritual teachers.

5- Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri (1855-1936)


A disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya and Guru of Paramahansa Yogananda, Yukteswar Giri was a progressive thinker of the 19th century. He regularly invited people from all walks of life to his ashram to exchange ideas. on many different topics. He attained maha samadhi (an act of leaving the body consciously and intentionally at the time of death) at Karar Ashram, Puri, India on March 9, 1936.

6- Sri Aurobindo (1862-1950)


Sri Aurobindo is a poet and journalist active in the Indian Independence Movement. He faces treason charges because of the Alipore Conspiracy. During his time in prison, he experienced mystical and spiritual ecstasy that led him to leave politics to pursue spiritual work. He developed holistic Yoga and believed that there could be a divine and liberating life on earth.

7- Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)


The principal disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Vivekananda introduced the Indian philosophy of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world and raised interfaith awareness. He founded Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission. His speech to the Parliament of World Religions in Chicago in 1893 began with the words ‘Brothers and sisters of America’ and gave official recognition to Hinduism as one of the great religions. In the world. His birthday is celebrated as National Youth Day.

8- Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950)


Raman Maharshi was Jivanmukta (liberated while alive) and 63 Nayanmars were awakened in him. His death experience at the age of 16 made him aware of his divine being. He is best known for his work ‘Who Am I?’ method of meditation and encouraging self-inquiry to eliminate ignorance and abide in self-awareness. According to His teachings, our true self is sat-chit-ananda, meaning true-consciousness-happiness. He became widely famous in the West and was recognized as an enlightened being.

9- Swami Kuvalayananda (1883-1966)


Spiritually inclined, idealist, and a strict rationalist, Swami Kuvalayananda is a researcher and educator who has pioneered the scientific foundation of yoga through scientific journals. first on Yoga, Yoga Mimamsa (1924).

10- Swami Sivananda Saraswati (1887-1963)


Before becoming a monk, Swami Sivananda Saraswati studied medicine and worked as a doctor. A proponent of Yoga and Vedanta, he founded the Divine Life Society (DLS) in 1936 and the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy in 1948. He is the author of more than 200 books on Yoga, Vedanta and other topics. other topic.

11- Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888-1989)


The father of modern Yoga, Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, revived Hatha Yoga and is best known for developing the Vinyasa Krama Yogic style. He emphasized the principle of “teach what is appropriate for each individual”. He is widely known for restoring the health and well-being of individuals through both ayurvedic and yoga traditions.

12- Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)


Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri’s chief disciple, Paramahansa Yogananda has introduced millions of people to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga. He is also a bridge between Eastern and Western religions. He is also known as the Father of Yoga in the West for his influence on the Yoga Movement in America, especially the Yoga culture of Los Angeles. He believes in the principle of “simple living and high thinking”. His book Autobiography of a Yogi (1946) changed the lives of millions of people across the globe.

13- K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009)


K. Pattabhi Jois popularized the vinyasa yoga style known as Ashtanga Yoga. He has many famous personalities like Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow in Yoga. He founded the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute and is among those who played a key role in making modern yoga a 20th-century exercise.

14- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1918-2008)


Maharishi Mahesh Yogi developed the technique of Transcendental Meditation and is known to his followers as ‘The Holy Father’. He earned the title of ‘Giggle Expert’ because he almost exclusively laughs during television interviews. He became a master of the Beatles, the Beach Boys and other celebrities. In 2008, after announcing his retirement from all administrative activities, he remained silent until his death three weeks later.

15- Supervisory Board Iyengar (1918-2014)


Tirumalai Krishnamacharya’s disciple, BKS Iyengar, developed Iyengar Yoga, the style of yoga practice as an exercise. He is the author of many books on Yoga and philosophy. At the age of 95, he could grow a banana tree in 30 minutes. He is a recipient of Padma Shri (1991), Padma Bhushan (2002), Padma Vibhushan (2014).

16- Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh or Osho (1931-1990)


Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, widely known as Osho, emphasizes the importance of meditation, mindfulness, love, celebration, courage, creativity and humor. His openness to human sexuality has earned him a lot of criticism and the label of ‘Sex Expert’. On top of that, some of his followers committed serious crimes in the 1980s that led to his deportation. He was refused entry from 21 countries and had to return to India. He revived the Pune Ashram where he died in 1990. His Ashram is now known as the OSHO International Meditation Resort. His teachings continue to inspire many people and have an impact on Western New Age thought.

17- Sadhguru (1957)


Jagdish Vasudev, widely known as Sadhguru, founded the Isha Foundation, has authored several books and presented clearly at several important international meetings such as the World Peace Summit. United Nations Millennium, House of Commons, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and International Institute for Peace Studies. Development management. He received the Padma Vibhushan (2017) for his contributions to social welfare.

18- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (1956)


Ravi Shankar, commonly known as Sri Sri (respectable title), believes that the spiritual bonds that an individual shares as part of the human family are more prominent than nationality, gender, religion Education, occupation or other identities separate him. He aims to create a world free of tension and violence. According to him, “Truth is spherical, not linear, so it must be contradictory.” He is the founder of the Art of Living Foundation and was previously affiliated with Transcendental Meditation (TM). He is a recipient of Padma Vibhushan (2016).

This year’s Yoga Day theme focusing on ‘Yoga for Vasudheva Kutumbakam’ is aimed solely at maintaining the physical and mental health of one and all, irrespective of geographical conditions, age, gender, racial and other differences.

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