Yoga has now become a very popular activity in the west for last few decades. Modern Yoga gained momentum in the west during 19th Century CE after Swami Vivekananda travelled to west and came in contact of the people of the western world. With time several yoga masters went to west from India and brought popularity to this discipline in the west. The Yoga was formally introduced in the west through translated versions from Sanskrit to English. The Hatha Yoga became the most popular form of Yoga in West based on basic features of yogasana and pranayama. Gradually the Patanjali`s yoga sutras of Ashtanga Yoga or Raja Yoga gained acceptance.
Way back in March 2010, when I started writing article on Yoga posted in Yoga Website basing on my knowledge and practice as a Yoga Practitioner; hardly had I known that Yoga is as popular in the West as in the East. In course of time spanning almost 2 years, I had published a good number of articles on Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga. Frankly speaking, I was convinced about popularity of Yoga in the West, when Yoga Practitioners of the Western Countries took great interest in reading the posts published in my blog Yoga and Spirituality through World Wide Web and posted their comments on my articles on yoga. It is a great pleasure on my part to observe that the articles ‘Yoga for Arthritis of Elderly persons’ in Hatha Yoga and ‘Yama and Niyama in Yoga’ in Raja Yoga have earned so much popularity in the West that those articles are frequently viewed by the readers of various Western Countries in the translated versions from English to their national language.
Now I can personally understand, Yoga has got Universal and International recognition.
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda