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Rishi Singh Gherwal demonstrating uḍḍīyāna bandha. From Complete Yoga, September 1937. From the collection of the Philip Deslippe.
The above black and white photograph depicts a fascinating yet lesser-known figure in the history yoga’s early transmission from India to the West, one "Rishi Singh Gherwal." The Rishi's tale is paradigmatic of an informative, albeit lost, period in yoga's transmission from East to West, and is a case study we will be exploring in the upcoming online course, YS 102: Modern Yoga in the West.
Rakha Singh Gherwal (1889-1964), born an...