International Yoga Federation is a non-profit tax-exempt organization founded in 1987, celebrates the authentic yoga teachings of all traditions, the diversity, harmony and integrity of yoga practices throughout the world.
Our mission is to lead the global yoga community (world-wide yoga community), set standards, foster integrity, provide resources, and uphold the teachings of yoga.
History


"The long path of getting together the yoga schools, teachers and masters"


Swami Vivekanada was Yoga Master and Master Freemason,
He was a key figure in the introduction of Yoga to the Western world.



On February 19, 1884, Narendranath Datta or Swami Vivekananda joined the Anchor and Hope Lodge (No. 234), which is now the Grand Lodge of India No.1. He was passed to the degree of F.C on 15-4-1884 and was raised to the sublime degree of M.M on 20 th May 1884. On september 11, 1893 he meet freemasons of North America in Chicago for the idea of one International Yoga Federation. On 1 May 1897 in Calcutta, Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Mission for work in Karma Yoga and Masonic service.



Carl Kellner (1 September 1851 – June 7, 1905) was a chemist, inventor, and industrialis. Carl was the pioner of yoga in Austria, was master of yoga, master freemason and theosophist. He study yoga with Bhima Sena Pratapa of Lahore and Sri Mahatma Agamya Paramahamsa. He was also one of the Idiologist of the creation of Masonic Academy in Ticcino, Switzerland, alonbg Theodor Reuss and the heosophist and Master freemason Franz Hartmann. He wrote and taught practical yoga and proposed new asanas for yoga and that it was psychophysical-spiritual. He proposed to create and international yoga school and an international yoga federation in Switzwrland.





William Walker Atkinson or Yogi Ramacharaka, was yogi and Master Freemason, founded the Yogi Publication Society, which was located in the  Masonic Temple building in Chicago. Atkinson proposed a new yoga, and published the book: The Yogi Philosophy of Physical Well-being. introducing the idea of joining human postures to the religious or classical yoga to transform yoga into something psychophysical spiritual. He also proposed making national yoga organizations and a future International Yoga Federation in the West.




 Ida Hofmann, Theodor Reuss and Rudolf Von Laban founded the International Art School, the School of Modern Dance and the International Yoga School in the Masonic Academy of Monte Verita in Ascona, Ticcino. Switzerland.



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Reuss was Yoga Master,  Grand Master freemason, Rudolf Von Laban was master freemason and Ida Hofmann, also was yogini and freemason, both theosophist, kabalistics, artistis, etc. The practice yoga every day, and Laban teache many humans posture and the artistic conception of Yoga. Ida Hofmann was the founder in 1900 with Henry Oedenkoven of the Monte Verita Ashram Sangha Communit.Where born the international yoga school and international yoga federation. In 1920 Ida Hofmann fly to Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, for open the School in Brazil and Uruguay.



Alexandra David-Néel born Louise Eugenie Alexandrine Marie David. Her spritual name was Yeshe Tome, "Lamp of Wisdom". She was yogini, buddhist, theospohist and archist, yoga master, buddhist yoga master, tantric master and buddhist master, she would reach the thirtieth degree in the mixed Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. She was member with the International Yoga School.

In 1891, she visited India for the first time, and met her spiritual preceptor, Swami Bhaskarananda Sarwaswati of Varnasi (Matiram Misra). Bhaskaranada was disciple of Paramahamsa Swami Purnananda Saraswati of Ujjain and  Pandit Anant Ram of Patna. Alexandra Eugenie, study buddhist master Lachen Gomchen Rinpoche. Alexandra ask to Ida and her friend Mirra Alfassa the Monther and Aurobindo for do the International Yoga Federation in the west.

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Swami Bhaskarananda of Varnasi the lineage of International Yoga Federation.


1934, Swami Asuri Kapila of France was Grand Master of Yoga Masters, Master Freemason, Dr. in Kabbalay, Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy and Buddhist. Was disciple of Ramana Maharshi in Inida and, stablished the the Ramana Ashram, Maha Boddhi Shanga and the International School of Yoga in Montevideo, Uruguay. Was the ideologist of International Yoga Federation
1936, Swami Asuri Kapila started the first yoga teacher training course in Montevideo.


Swami Asuri Kapila

Swami Asuri Kapila wrote to his friend, Swami Sivananda (Rishikesh, India), to promote the organization of yoga all over the World, and proposed the creation of the International Yoga Federation.

Swami Sivananda


1947, Swami Sivananda established the World Sadhus Federation and in 1948 following the example of Swami Asuri Kapila, Swami Sivananda founded the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy, to train yoga teachers and swamis as Swami Asuri Kapila.

Swami Sivananda founded the World Religions Federation and Swami Asuri Kapila founded Mystic International Association.

1948, Swami Asuri Kapila wrote to his friend, Lucien Ferrier (France), about the idea of opening Yoga Centres in France to establish in the future a national association and follow the way to the creation of an International Yoga Federation.Then, Ferrier opened the Academy of Western Yoga in Paris, France.
Swami Asuri Kapila proposed the creation of national yoga organizations and continental yoga organizations to base the future International Yoga Federation to share the Yoga all over the world.


Wilfred Clark



1965, Wilfred Clark founded the Wheel of British Yoga. In 1969 change the name to Western Yoga Federation and in 1974 become the British Wheel of Yoga.


1965, Yogavatar Krishna Kisore Das founded the World Yoga Council VUS in Kolkata, India.

1967, Roma Blair (Swami Nirmalananda), founded the International Yoga Teachers Association in Australia.
1967, the National Yoga Teachers AssocIation of France was founded.

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1972, the European Union of Yoga was founded by Roger Clerc, the disciple and successor of Lucien Ferrier and who continues the spirit of unity with Andre Van Lysebeth (Swami Sivananda´s disciple), Claude Peltier, Nil Hahoutoff and Hug.



1982, Rama Jyoti Vernon founded the Unity in Yoga International (now Yoga Alliance of U.S.) in the United States, integrating yoga schools.

1985, Fernando Estevez Griego (Maitreyananda) founded the Latin American Yoga Union with Vayuananda, Swamini Dayananda, Mataji Indra Devi, Luis Alvares De Rose and Swami Sarvananda.

Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego (Maitreyananda) visited India and met the Dalai Lama at his home in Dharamsala, Himalayas, Swami Direndra Brahmachari in his Ashram in New Delhi and Swami Chidananda from Divine Life Society in Rishikesh. After working with the founding of the International Yoga Federation with Swami Direndra Brahmachari, he met with the members of Yoga
Federation of India.



1984 to 1987 started the communication between Vayuananda, direct disciple of Swami Asuri Kapila, Swami Maitreyananda, Swami Asuri Kapila´s successor and Gerard Blitz. Gerard Blitz met Rama Vernon and Swami Satchidananda.

Swami Satchidananda becomes the Honorary President of the International Yoga Teachers Association in Australia.

1986,Fernando Estevez Griego (Maitreyananda) met the leader and general secretary of European Union of Yoga Gerard Blitz in Paris, to work with the Latin American Union of Yoga and create the future International Yoga Federation.

1986, December, Fernando Estevez Griego (Maitreyananda) and Carlos Trotta (Yogacharya Vayuananda), both members of Swami Asuri Kapila School, meet the members of Yoga Federation of Brazil, Yoga Association of Brazil and National Union of Yoga, in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Swami Gitananda Giri founds the World Parliament of Yoga or the Vishwa Yoga Samaj at Pondicherry, India.

1987, Yoga Federation of India, States Yoga Associations of India, Yoga Association of Uruguay, Latin American Union of Yoga, National Yoga Confederation of Brazil, Yoga Teachers Association of Brazil, National Yoga Union, School Yoga Federation of Italy, Indra Devi Foundation, founds the International Professional Yoga Teachers Federation (the first name given to the actual International Yoga Federation) in Montevideo, Uruguay under the presidenship of Yogacharya  Fernando Estevez Griego (Maitreyananda)



The first board of International Yoga Federation 1987-1989, was: Honorary President: Mataji Indra Devi (Latvia), President Luiz Alvares de Rose (Brazil) and Secretary General: Fernando Estevez Griego (Maitreyananda) Uruguay, Tresaure: David Lifar (Argentina)


1988, the International Yoga Congress meets in 1988 in Zinal, Switzerland to work towards the integration of national yoga associations. Presents: Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego (Maitreyananda) and Mataji Indra Devi from Latin American Union of Yoga and International Federation of Professional Yoga Teachers; Gerard Blitz and Raoul Lenz from the European Union of Yoga, and Swami Satchidananda, Nancy Ford Khonne and Larry Payne from Unity in Yoga International (Yoga Alliance of USA).


1988, takes place the First World Yoga Congress of IYF at the City Palace of Montevideo Government, in Montevideo, Uruguay, to work towards the integration of national yoga associations. Presents: Fernando Estevez Griego (Maitreyananda) and Mataji Indra Devi from Latin American Union of Yoga and International Federation of Professional Yoga Teachers, Carlos Fiel from the European Union of Yoga, Larry Payne from Unity in Yoga International (Yoga Alliance of USA), Auri Moya from International Yoga Teachers Association of Australia and Puerto Rico, Luiz de Rose from Yoga Confederation of Brazil, Goldemberg from Yoga Association of Argentina, Babaji Singh from Mexico member of Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association of 3HO, Swamini Dayananda from Yoga Association of Uruguay, Swami Pravananda Mexico.