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Topics in Chronicling America - Yoga in America: A Beginning

Although sometimes praised for its inclusivity and calming abilities, the practice of yoga became more widely known as a controversial practice encouraged by fraudulent individuals. Marred by scandal, yoga became demonized in newspapers as a “cult.” Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.


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Important Dates:

  • 1905. Tantrik Order in America and the Tantrik Press are founded in by Pierre Arnold Bernard (the Great Oom) and assocates.
  • 1910. Bernard founds the Sanskrit College in New York City.
  • May 1910: Two teenage girls accuse Bernard of "Sexual misconduct", causing a nationwide scandal.
  • 1918. Bernard establishes Clarkstown Country Club in South Nyack, New York.

Suggested Search Terms:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Popular interest in yoga and Hindu philosophy in America grew after an extensive lecture tour by Swami Vivekananda starting in 1893, ending 1895. The terms yoga, Swami, Hindu, (sometimes spelled Hindoo) and Tantrick (also spelled Tantric) will return articles on this subject. The names of Vivekananda and Tregunatita, will return articles on these Hindu theologians. For articles on Pierre Arnold Bernard it is best to search using his last name in combination with yoga or Tantrik or by using his popular "title" the Great Oom.

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