In the period from the mid-eighties I worked with
various western yoga groups. While this occurred mainly through
Ayurvedic medicine I brought in the Vedas, Vedic astrology, Vedanta
and Hinduism. I tried to present an integral Ayurveda that did not
stop with the body but considered prana, mind and consciousness
a full life science.
In the process I came to know many leaders in the
Yoga field, both western asana experts and prominent gurus from
India. I was able to experience their teachings first hand and
learned how they functioned behind the scenes. In the process I
discovered that few American yoga students considered themselves to
be Hindus. Few knew what Hinduism was. Many blindly accepted
common media and missionary stereotypes as true. Most didnt
know Vedanta or what the Vedas dealt with. Many didnt regard
these as important.