Yoga Under the Microscope: Concerns of the Past and Hopes for the Future


Research on yoga has transformed since the earliest establishment of scientific studies of the discipline. Swami Kuvalayananda is considered a pioneer in the field, when he established the Kaivalyadhama Institute in 1924 at the encouragement of his teacher, Paramahansa Sri Madhavadasji Maharaj. A decade later, French cardiologist Thérèse Brosse traveled to India in 1935 to study practitioners who claimed they could stop their hearts. According to a 1946 publication of her findings, the heart potential and pulse of one subject, Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, decreased to nearly zero and remained there for several seconds.