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krishnamacharya is considered the father of modern yoga in the west. He was the teacher to bks iyengar, pattabhi jois, tkv desikachar, and indra devi. These four students came to the west to teach. Most of hatha yoga, the physical form of yoga that has become the main adopted western form of yoga, owes its lineage to krishnamacharya.
I don't think we should give full credit to the British for the 'divide and rule' policy. They could very well have been giving in to the popular demand those days. For e.g. This was Sir Syed Ahmed Khan's speech in 1888 Now, suppose that all English, and the whole English army, were to leave India, taking with them all their cannon and their splendid ...
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