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Action Speaks "Stretching to Bliss" The Great Oom's Nyack Retreat and Birth of Yoga in America, 1924

From Action Speaks Radio | 53:29

This week's underappreciate date is the creation of the first large scale Yoga retreat and birth of yoga in America by 'The Great Oom.'


This week we are discussing the creation of the first large scale Yoga retreat in the United States, on the banks of the Hudson River township of Nyack, NY. Pierre Bernard was a Hatha Yoga instructor, a disciple of Tantric Yoga, a teacher and counselor to some of the wealthiest people in the United States as well as an aficionada of baseball and circuses. This everyday boy from the Midwest became the quintessential self-inventor and America’s first home-grown leader of Yoga. Today the utopian world of yoga has evolved itself into mainstream American physical and consumer culture, but that is not without a darker dystopian history. 

Carol Horton is social scientist, certified yoga instructor and author of "Yoga Ph.D.: Integrating the Life of the Mind and the Wisdom of the Body." Carol is co-founder of the Socially Engaged Yoga Network, an organization dedicated to supporting yoga teachers and community leaders committed to sharing the benefits of yoga with underserved communities in the Chicago area.

Devarshi Steven Hartman is Founder of The Pranotthan School of Yoga and faculty member of Nosara Yoga Institute’s Advanced Yoga Teacher Training. He has been a student and teacher of yoga and yoga philosophy since 1974, was a longtime Kripalu Ashram resident He currently leads 200-Hour and 500-Hour Yoga Certification Programs around the country. Devarshi currently teaches in Wakefield, RI and around New England.

Swami Tyagananda has been a monk of the Ramakrishna Order since 1976, and is head of the Vedanta Society in Boston, and the Hindu Chaplain at MIT and Harvard. He has translated and edited ten books including his latest, "The Essence of the Gita" and "Interpreting Ramakrishna." Today, he lectures and teaches at the Vedanta Society, MIT, Harvard and other universities and institutions throughout America.