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World's Oldest Yoga Centre Still Going Strong

on 2014/6/29 3:30:23 ( 1540 reads )


MUMBAI, INDIA, June 20, 2014 (Times Of India): Exactly 6,099 years from today, when future inhabitants of planet earth crack open a time capsule in an American university, they'll find four books on yoga -- in the form of microfilms -- published by a Santa Cruz institute. These publications found their way into the Crypt of Civilization in 1940, when researchers from Georgia's Oglethorpe University, hunting for the best documentation on yoga, arrived at The Yoga Institute in Mumbai.

Today, this 96-year-old institute -- possibly the world's oldest yoga centre -- celebrates World Yoga Day with a camp for police officers. In the 1990s, they also trained 600 textile workers. Currently, 1,000 students visit daily.

The institute was founded by Manibhai Haribhai Desai (later known as Shri Yogendra) in 1918 after he completed his training at Malsar ashram. The institute has several firsts to its credit. In 1920, Shri Yogendra opened an outpost in New York State and in 1937, his wife penned the first book on yoga for women. It is one of the four publications included in the Crypt of Civilization.

Kaivalyadhama Lonavla, started in 1924, is also one of the world's oldest yoga centres together with The Yoga Institute.

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