Histories of yoga in America usually start in earnest with the…

Histories of yoga in America usually start in earnest with the 1960s, when it is imagined that loosened immigration laws allowed swamis and gurus to come from India in large numbers and find a receptive audience with the seekers of the hippie counterculture. But yoga enjoyed a robust and vibrant presence in the United States as early as the late 19th century. In fact, dozens of teachers with remarkable backgrounds taught yoga in the early 20th century, and they upend much of what we would assume about yoga and early yoga teachers in America.