health, Yoga and psychology, Yoga and various New Age therapies and practice Yoga as
sadhana or spiritual practice is seldom discussed, much less practiced. In this regard it
is important to look back to the teachings of Vivekananda to help align the Western Yoga
movement with the spiritual impulse at its original root.
For Hindus, Vivekananda was a great patriot and perhaps the central figure in the modern
Hindu renaissance. He spoke proudly and eloquently as a Hindu and encouraged Hindu to
honor and promote the traditional spiritual culture of their land. He affirmed the unity
of the entire tradition through the Vedas, Puranas, Tantras and modern teachers, as one
movement of spiritual culture realization. Unlike many modern Hindus he did not hide his
Hinduism, make excuses for it, or apologize for it.