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Study & Research: Influential Teachers List

Introduction: Thought Leaders

There is surely an uncountable number of influential yoga teachers! While there is no set criteria for the teachers on this list, our objective is to include teachers who have made an impact well beyond their own communities.

We want to make it easy for you to find information on teachers who, for instance, introduced yoga to the West or had a major influence on those who did. We highlight, also, those who are widely-published, have large teacher training schools, or otherwise have had significant influence on the world of yoga. We have endeavored to include teachers who were direct students of T. Krishnamacharya or of B.K.S. Iyengar, K. Pattabhi Jois or T.K.V. Desikachar. In addition, we wish to note those teachers who have developed specialized or therapeutic applications.

We are absolutely not judging quality of teachers and we welcome your ideas for more teachers to add. Please email us with any recommendations.

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