Founded in 1918 by Shri Yogendraji, The Yoga Institute was here way before yoga’s popularity boom hit the world. As one of the oldest, still existing urban centers of yoga instruction, the institution believes that yoga is a way of life that comprises of much more than just physical culture as is generally understood. It promotes the practical applications of yogic ideals in daily life. Along with regular classes and workshops, the center also offers training to teachers. It claims to have certified over 40,000 teachers so far.
Bharat Thakur believes that yoga’s potential is much more than the form it has now been reduced to, where a few asanas are practiced at a very slow pace. He developed artistic yoga to help people get in shape and ward off diseases. He claims that his innovative, dynamic, and powerful new system of yoga affects the body like no other form of exercise, combining ancient yogic techniques (asanas, pranayam, bandhas, kriyas, and mudras), with modern cardiovascular training and stretches. With a virtual classroom as well as studios in New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Gurgaon, Dubai, and Moscow, as well as several new centers opening worldwide, artistic yoga’s increasing popularity is a testament to its effectiveness.