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December 03, 2022 4 min read

The world of yoga – isn't it fascinating? Ever growing and developing, it is marvelous how some people have shaped and added more value to its philosophy and practice. They have made history, moved mountains, and created paths where there weren’t any.

True, many have contributed to the growth and development of yoga, and chances are, you are already familiar with some names whose approach has touched you. But as always, we aim to expand your horizons, so in this blog, we’ll present some of the world's most influential Yogi and Yoginis. 

If you feel like you need extra support and motivation, we’re sure some of these incredible people listed below will inspire you! 

  1.   Krishnamurti

We are starting off the list with one of the most famous writers, philosophers, and speakers. His Indian heritage made him incredibly fond of practicing meditation and yoga, and looking for assistance when it comes to spiritual guidance. Jiddu Krishnamurti showed a great interest in psychology and meditation from an early age, inspiring him to do good things for society. Ultimately, he ended up giving spiritual lectures and speeches all through America. He has even had the experience of meeting with the world-famous Dalai Lama! All of this has contributed to him gaining the title of an experienced yogi. 

  1.   Osho

There’s probably not a person in the world that’s not familiar with the life and work of Osho. He has been regarded as the Godman of India many times. Although he is popular by the name Osho, his birth name is actually Chandra Mohan Jain. he belongs to the group of Yogi and Yoginis that are interested in the mystical part of the personality and have a fondness for a religious movement. Even though the values of communism and socialism guided Osho, he always thought that the power of love, courage, and celebration should influence all people.

During his lifetime, he grasped the concepts of many religious and spiritual topics, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Hassidism. Osho's guidance is exactly what you need if you are looking for inspiration from a modern Yogi and Yoginis. He elaborated on how meditation is not only a practice you should undertake, but it provides a certain state of awareness. Believe it or not, he provided details about more than 100 different techniques for meditation for all those who wanted to achieve inner peace. He dedicated his whole life to that, working until he died in 1990.

  1.   Sadhguru

If you are looking for one of the most influential Yogi of the 21st century, then Sadhguru is the person you should consider. If you want to get more familiar with his life and work, you can get all of the information from his YouTube channel. Not only can you use him as a source of inspiration, but his extensive knowledge of many subjects connected to spirituality will help you solve many equations in your mind.

Sadhguru is also known as the founder of the Isha Foundation. This foundation was primarily created to help those who want to get in touch with their spiritual side and educate themselves on the subject. But his activism is not only concentrated in India- but you can also find him invested in many activities outside of his homeland, too. He often holds seminars and sessions, which, if you decide to visit, will provide you with answers to any of your questions answered. 

  1.   Adi Shakankaracharya

With Adi Shakankaracharya, we’re shifting from the modern to the old world, back to the year 788 AD. This is the period when the work of this yogi bloomed! During this time, Adi Shakankaracharya traveled with thinkers and philosophers and propagated their beliefs through debates with other people. He established four mathas that helped him to revive and propagate Advaita Vedanta.

Adi Shankaracharya believed in the existence of the soul in Hinduism and claimed that if there is no soul, there is no presence of self in Buddhism. He is believed to be the first to organize the Dashanami monastic order and unify the house of worship. On top of it all, he was the ultimate Jadadguru – this title has been used to describe a person who seems to be the guru of the universe!

  1.   Aurobindo Ghose

Born in India in 1872, Sir Aurobindo Ghose was a yogi, guru, poet, and philosopher. His movement grasped many spiritual and visionary ideas, all of which were connected to the Indian independence movement and yoga. For all those who are interested in developing a greater knowledge of spiritual essence, this is the right person to turn to. He even wrote a book in which Aurobindo Ghose described the spiritual period he underwent while in jail.

He emphasized the notion that the world is not an illusion and that people may join a new world with new species that are superior to our current state. Aurobindo established the concept ofSupermind – an ever-present force that anyone could access with the help of the right tool. This exact thinking has had a significant influence on the modern Yogi and Yoginis. 

  1.   Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda is perhaps the most influential person who managed to spread the word of Hinduism to the western world. And he managed to do it all from a Hindu center in the heart of Chicago. After spending some time in the United States, he returned to India. This was when Vivekananda started working on a mission with the motive to assist all people in need!

All modern yogis have a certain fondness for Swami Vivekananda. This is mainly shown by all the books he wrote and published, which are loved by many people worldwide.

 

For all those new and experienced Yogi and Yoginis, you should know that in case you need help – there are several practitioners to whose ideology you can turn. Our list of the six most influential yogis should help you once you begin your mindfulness journey. 

If you need some assistance, then we are happy to help! Sign up for our courses and yoga classes and experience an elevated feeling of self!


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