Our partner site Sonima.com compiled this list of 10 influential teachers, who have dedicated their lives to spreading the practices of yoga and have impacted millions of new yogis around the globe.
True teachers remind us of what’s most important. They remind us how to practice when we lose our way. They illuminate our paths, they challenge us to grow, they delight in our evolution. A teacher-student relationship is one of the most sacred ties we have. In his seminal book, Light on Yoga,B.K.S. Iyengar implies that this connection, between teacher and student, is the most central in our lives.
We at Sonima.com recently compiled a list of 100 influential teachers who have dedicated their lives to spreading the practices of yoga, and in so doing, have impacted millions of new yogis around the globe. We measured influence based on a variety of factors, such as depth of study, community impact, social media following, and contributions to yoga’s many aspects, from philosophy to physiology, tradition to innovation. These teachers each play a profound role in the dissemination of dharma from its ancient roots, and the perpetuation of modern day parampara, the acceleration of lineage and teachings passed down from teacher to student over time.
Below is a sampling of 10 influencers and innovators who have made unique contributions to the way Americans practice from coast to coast. Head over to Sonima.com to see the full list of teachers recognized for shaping the landscape of yoga as we know it today.