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Our Shared Lineage

Yogi Swatmarama believed that trying to follow Yamas and Niyamas created more mental stress than peace of mind. The focus of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, unlike Patañjali, was not the imposition of Yamas and Niyamas – instead, he advocated discipline and purification of the body through hatha yoga. This, he believed, develops self-discipline, self-control and, ultimately, induces natural spiritual development. This, in an even more simplified form, is the vision Bikram Choudhury.

In TheHotTT training, however, you will be immersed in the Sutras, and all of the Eight Limb path, as well as experiencing this discipline and purification through an intense Hatha practice. A good strong hatha yoga practice, such as the one we teach, has already been shown to work. It just works infinitely better when you have been immersed in the whole expansiveness of what yoga is. Our goal is to give you a complete foundation. A one sided focus on asana practice is far less likely to provide you the balance necessary for a sustainable yoga practice or teaching path.

Paramahansa Yogananda

Paramahansa Yogananda, the author of An Autobiography of a Yogi, codified the 84 asanas that make up the Yogoda system and is the basis for the primary and advanced classes that you will experience on TheHotTT course. He is one of the most influential yogis of our time and an inspirational spiritual master to millions around the globe. He aimed to “combine the basic laws utilized by the ancient Yogis with the discoveries of modern physiological science.” However, a source for the classic 84 asanas original posture system has not been found. The number itself is believed by some to be a mystical representing completeness. It is thought that the 84 asanas were simply the universal standard for codifying a credible yoga system.

Bishnu Ghosh

At the age of 14, Bishnu Ghosh was one of the first seven students enrolled at the Ranchi School for Boys founded by his elder brother, Paramahansa Yogananda. The 84 asanas were the foundation of Ghosh’s College of Physical Education yoga program founded in 1923. He created a unique and dynamic system of Yogic Physical Culture, synthesizing yogic Indian practices with Western knowledge about the health and fitness of body and mind. Muscle development, breath control, and then muscle control completed his yogic physical culture program.

Bikram Choudhury

Bikram Choudhury entered the Gosh School at the age of 5. At 17, following a weight lifting accident, Bikram returned to his guru Ghosh, and rehabilitated his knee despite the prognosis of several doctors. Following his rehabilitation, Bikram went on to open schools in Japan the United States and eventually throughout the world. He helped develop the system of the 26 postures, that were derived from the 84, that we know today. His legacy is the Hot Yoga Movement with studios teaching this basic sequence and numerous variations, in heated rooms all over the world.