Ghosh Hatha Yoga is a practice of asanas, mudras, bandhas, kiryas and pranayamas created by Bishnu Ghosh in the 1920s. This system, plus variations and additions have been documented and practiced by many of Ghosh's students and successors including Buddha Bose, Bikram Choudhury and Tony Sanchez. Ghosh Yoga stems from Calcutta, India and many practice this type of yoga in environments that mimic the Calcutta heat.
“What is desirable in body culture is the harmonious development of power over voluntary action of muscles and the involuntary process of health, lungs, stomach and other glands. This is what gives health, and is the scientific principle underlying the Yoga exercises.” Bishnu Ghosh
BISHNU CHARAN GHOSH
1903 – 1970
Bishnu Charan Ghosh was one of the greatest and most influential yoga masters of the past century. Ghosh, born in Lahore, India in 1903, was a celebrated physical culturalist and the first to scientifically document Yoga’s ability to cure chronic physical ailments and heal the body. Beginning in the 1920’s, he developed a school of Yoga that provided a unique blend of spiritual inspiration and a highly disciplined physical regimen.
Ghosh came from an extraordinary family. He was initiated into the field of yogic exercise and physical education by his guru and older brother, Paramahansa Yogananda, the world renowned Yogi and spiritual master. Yogananda founded the Self Realization Fellowship Center and his book, “Autobiography of a Yogi”, continues to be one of the best known and influential works of our time.
In 1923, at the young age of 20, he founded the first Ghosh College of Physical Education in Calcutta and his fame quickly spread throughout India. Other schools were opened, first in India, and then in locations around the world.
In 1939, Ghosh came to the United States to educate people on the subject of yoga by giving demonstrations. He lectured at Columbia University in New York, generating a great deal of interest in the field, and was widely acknowledged and respected in the academic community. In 1968 he went to Japan with his troupe and traveled all over the country giving lectures and yogic demonstrations. Ghosh’s were the first yoga exhibitions to be televised outside of India, and were seen and loved by millions of Japanese.
He passed away in 1970. His legacy is being continued by his granddaughter, Muktamala Mitra, the current director of the Ghosh College in Calcutta. (Source: http://www.ghoshyoga.com/)
GHOSH YOGA LINEAGE
Bishnu Charan Ghosh developed his system from two sources:
1. Paramahansa Yogananda (his older brother), author of Autobiography of a Yogi and founder of the Ranchi School for Boys in Calcutta and the Self Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles.
2. Professor Thakurta, the physical education director at Calcutta University.
Ghosh yoga is a combination of the 84 asanas of the “Yogoda” system taught by Yogananda at Ranchi and physical education techniques taught by Professor Thakurta which included weight training and calisthenics.