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The era of Post classical Yoga gave rise to prolific literature. The Post Classical Yoga from the seventh century to the seventeenth century brought some big changes to Yoga. Tantra Yoga emerged during this time, ushering in a new and radical approach that was much more inclusive. Another great advancement that took place was that women and lower caste people were included and were allowed to practice Yoga. Goddess worship was also introduced. The whole attitude towards the body, which was previously considered as despicable and unclean, changed dramatically during this period. It was out of this physical orientation that Hatha Yoga developed.

Modern Yoga arrived in the United States during the late 1800's. It can be attributed to many gurus, including Swami Vivekanada, and their great works. Vivekanada was a student of Ramakrishna, and was commissioned by his teacher to attend the Parliament of Religions in Chicago of 1893. Vivekanada was well accepted and later traveled all around the U.S. to spread the Yoga tradition.

Another Yoga guru, who is perhaps the most popular, was Swami Paramashansa Yogananda, who founded the Self-Realization Fellowship. Yogananda wrote the Autobiography of a Yogi and his teachings still enjoy immense popularity even today. Other Yoga gurus include Krishnamurti and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Krishnamurti traveled widely, drawing large crowds and expounded upon Jnana-Yoga. People will mostly likely remember Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who popularized Transcendental Meditation (TM) in the 60's, because he was associated with the Beatles.


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