Five Amazing Indian Women in Yoga

Indian Women in Yoga

Andrea Bobby

Andrea is a teacher and lifelong practitioner of Yoga. Born in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India, she now resides in Ontario, Canada and offers online classes in classical Hatha Yoga. As the founder of Body Mind Light and the creator of its Online Shop, she strives to propagate the authentic, original wisdom of Yoga to the world. Read more...

22 Responses

  1. Hi Andrea, your website is very informational and everything is so easy to find. It makes me want to learn more about yoga. It was interesting to learn about the women in yoga.

  2. Jon says:

    Thank you for writing this article, I really enjoyed learning about these amazing women in the world of yoga! 🙂

  3. Wow! I really need to get into yoga, its actually much harder then people make out! haha
    Nanammal sounds amazinggggg, how old is she exactly?

  4. Thabo says:

    I loved reading this article about these amazing women who believe in healing through yoga.
    I have been very interested in starting yoga as I had heard a lot of benefits of it.
    Reading about Nanammal has motivated me to start because it has contributed to her living longer.

    Great read.

  5. originAL says:

    These women are truly amazing and inspirational, keep up the good work on your site!

  6. Sarah says:

    What a fascinating article. And what fantastic women!

    I love the fact that Nanammal practices restraint with her yoga and doesn’t think we should be building up a sweat 🙂 I live in the UK where hot yoga has become quite a ‘industry’ over the years. I actually stopped going because it was so full of many Alpha type women all competing with each other!

    The heat also actually did my body more harm than good as well, as I’m prone to Pitta imbalances and the heat of the hot yoga made things worse. So it’s very interesting to hear about yoga from the perspective of these women, who have a beautifully holistic approach.

    • Andrea Bobby says:

      A lot of these modern trends and inventions (such as hot yoga, beer yoga, goat yoga and such) really have very little to do with Yoga.

      But these women stick to the authenticity of the practice. So they are fantastic indeed!

  7. Elia Desoba says:

    Hi, thank you for this amazing article! I’m impressed by Nanammal. As a sportive woman, I hope that I’ll be able to do the same later if I live that long. Have a nice day!

  8. Hi Andrea,

    What a fantastic post! So inspiring! All of these women are so strong and powerful and you can’t help but admire their determination and perseverance. For Nanammal to be nearly 100 and still practising is amazing.

    I loved reading about them. Your website is a wealth of knowledge. You are an inspiring lady. So glad I found you. Sharing this with family and friends. Thanks again,


  9. Klaus says:

    What about you, Andrea? You’re a pretty amazing Indian woman in Yoga!

  10. Martha says:

    I LOVE seeing all of these incredible women! I really believe there is a lot to learn from these wonderful humans – I live in a major city and there is a huge influx of trend yoga studious popping up. Love the purity of what each one of them is talking about here.

  11. AB Bhavanani says:

    Yogamani Kalaimamani Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani is Director and Resident Acharya of the world famous International Centre for Yoga Education and Research (ICYER / Ananda Ashram) at Pondicherry.

    She is the Dharmapatni and senior most disciple of the internationally acclaimed Yoga master, Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj and has devoted her life to his teachings and to institutions founded by him.

    Ammaji as she is popularly known is considered one of the major international leaders of the modern Yoga movement and is on various national committees in the Government of India for the propagation of Yoga.

    Her defining books “The History of Yoga from Ancient to Modern Times” (Vol I and Vol II) are path breaking efforts and hailed as the “Defining publications on the history of Yoga to date.”

    Having trained thousands of students worldwide in the past 5 decades, she is considered a pioneer in bringing the classical Carnatic Performing Fine Arts and Yoga to the common people in Pondicherry. She is a Guru and former performing artist of Bharata Natyam.

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