A Timeline of the History of Yoga in the United States

1893 Swami Vivekenanda visits Parliament of Religions in Chicago.
1920 Paramahansa Yogananda establishes the Self-Realization Fellowship in 1925.
1922 Theosophists bring Jiddhu Krishnamurti to Ojai, California.
1930–1986 Jiddhu Krishnamurti inspires many through his talks and writings.
1946 Yogananada publishes The Autobiography of a Yogi.
1947 Indra Devi opens the first Hatha Yoga studio in the West. Theos Bernard travels to India and writes Hatha Yoga: The Report of a Personal Experience.
1950s Selvarajan Yesudian writes the popular book, Sport and Yoga.
1959 Indra Devi publishes Yoga for Americans.
1960 Swami Vishnudevananda publishes the book, The Complete Illustrated Guide to Yoga.
1961 Richard Hittelman pioneers yoga on television with his series, Yoga for Health, and writes the book The Twenty-Eight Day Yoga Plan.
1963 Dr. Ramamurti Mishra publishes Textbook of Yoga Psychology.
1960s The Beatles became involved with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and his style of Transcendental Meditation, inspiring many others to follow in their footsteps.
1966 Swami Satchidananda arrives in New York City.
1967 B.K.S. Iyengar publishes Light on Yoga. Swami Satchidananda founds the Integral Yoga Institute.
1969 Yogi Bhajan brings Kundalini Yoga to the United States and founds the 3HO yoga centers. Swami Satchitananda further popularizes yoga through his talking and chanting at Woodstock in 1969.
1970 Swami Rama controls his heartbeat, pulse, and skin temperature at the Menninger Foundation. Ram Dass tours college talking about Hindu spirituality and Hatha Yoga.
1971 Ram Dass writes Be Here Now, which includes yoga postures. Swami Muktananda visits San Francisco and brings Siddha Yoga to the United States. Baba Hari Dass enters the United States. Swami Rama founds the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy.
1972 Amrit Desai founds Kripalu Yoga Ashram.
1973 B.K.S. Iyengar teaches in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
1970 Bikram Choudrury opens first Yoga College of India in Hawaii.
1970s Lilias Folan hosts the popular PBS television series, Yoga and You.
1975 Pattabhi Jois visits the United States and introduces Ashtanga Yoga. Yoga Journal magazine founded in San Francisco.
1976 T.K.V. Desikachar makes an initial visit to the United States.
1984 First Iyengar Yoga convention in San Francisco with 700 people attending from seventeen countries.
1986 David Life and Sharon Gannon found the Jivamukti Yoga Society of New York.
1987 Maty Ezraty opens first Yoga Works in Los Angeles with Alan Finger.
1989 Alan Finger opens first Yoga Zone in New York City.
1990 Dean Ornish, M.D., publishes results of a study showing that Hatha Yoga, together with meditation, a vegetarian, low-fat diet and other lifestyles changes, can reverse heart disease.
1998 Death of Sri Krishnamacharya, the great, influential yoga master, born in 1897.
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