Swami Kuvalayananda

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Swami Kuvalayananda

Born: 30 August 1883

Died: 18 April 1966

  • He was a researcher and educator who is primarily known for his pioneering research into the scientific foundations of yoga.
  • He started scientific research on yoga in 1920 and published the first scientific journal specifically devoted to studying yoga, Yoga Mimamsa, in 1924.
  • Most of his research took place at the Kaivalyadhama Health and Yoga Research Center at Lonavla which he founded in 1924.
  • His influence on the development of yoga as exercise has been “profound”.
  • He started the first journal devoted to a scientific investigation into yoga, Yoga Mimamsa.
  • The journal has been published quarterly every year since its founding and was scheduled to be indexed by EBSCO in 2012.
  • It has covered experiments on the effects of asanas, kriyas, bandhas, and pranayama on humans.
  • In 1943, he opened another branch of Kaivalyadhama in Rajkot, Saurashtra, with spiritual practices as its main focus.
  • The Gordhandas Seksaria College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis was established in 1951 at Lonavla to prepare young people spiritually and intellectually for selfless service to humanity.
  • In 1961, he opened the Srimati Amolak Devi Tirathram Gupta Yogic Hospital for the treatment of chronic functional disorders with the help of Yogic techniques.
  • Some of his pupils, like Krishnamacharya and the Padma Shri awardee, S. P. Nimbalkar, became known yoga teachers in their own rights.

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