Shri Yogendra

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Shri Yogendra Mean?

Shri Yogendra (1897-1981) was the name given to an India yoga guru, author and researcher widely regarded as a key figure in the renaissance and popularization of Hatha yoga in both his native India and the West.

In 1918, he founded The Yoga Institute in Mumbai, reportedly the oldest dedicated yoga center in the world. After traveling to the United States in 1919 with the aim of spreading the messages of yoga, he set up a branch of his institute: The Yoga Institute of America at Harriman in New York.


Yogapedia Explains Shri Yogendra

Shri Yogendra was born into a Brahmin family in Gujarat, and named at birth as Manibhai Desai. His father was a school teacher. After studying for a time in Bombay, Shri Yogendra became depressed and visited the Dharamshala of the guru, Paramahamsa Madhavadasaji, and later joined the ashram in Malsar. Here he received special training and attention from Paramahamsa Madhavadasaji, learning yoga and its applications for treating illness.

Later, Shri Yogendra developed his own teachings and modern methods to share the wisdom of yoga with “householders,” or everyday people living in towns and cities. He saw the value that yoga could have for all people living ordinary lives and facing day-to-day challenges. He also carried out scientific research into yogic techniques, and wrote several books on yoga. Some of these are considered to be the world’s most authentic sources of yogic wisdom.

Also a poet, Shri Yogendra wrote poetry under the pen name, Mastamani.

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Shri Yogendraji

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