Sarlo's Guru Rating Service

There are many kinds of people practicing what they call yoga, and as many kinds of yogas. This department is centered around but not limited to those who teach a physical kind of yoga, often referred to as hatha yoga. The ultimate criterion of yoga, perhaps, is: does the practitioner call it yoga? It is said that any path that could culminate in union with the divine cosmic consciousness is yoga. In fact, since "yoga" means union, to even create a "separate" category called yoga may be misleading. Nevertheless "yoga" has enough connotations in common parlance that the word has utility in referring to something that may be distinguished from other paths which are more easily characterized.
The "bible" of yoga is the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, written about 2,000 years ago. Almost all within this category will acknowledge and pay homage to him. And it can surely be said that practitioners may focus on the body but all good ones will have a major spiritual element, even if not explicitly stated. If any of them turns out to be the next Avatar or Messiah, please let me know (Feedback).
I have also started the practice, as i did first with Buddhists, of listing some of them under the orgs of which they are important teachers, since as individuals they do not always stand out, though they have tons of experience in their practices/fields. The head or founder is underlined.
And a correspondent has graciously offered an assessment of the major schools of hatha yoga in survey form. Those teachers below who are mentioned there are linked by a
MORE to their place on that page.
Some descriptive information is included. An asterisk (*) indicates they don't really have their own sites, just an interview or short description on someone else's site. And a yellow asterisk (*) = suggested or located by visitor, thank you.

Swami Abhayanand* M b1948ish Indian US-based (CA) Real Tantra Solutions, "PowerTouch Yoga," Shri Somnath Banerjee
Yogi Amrit Desai* M Indian b1932, "Amrit Yoga," "Kripalu Yoga," founded Kripalu Center, since kicked out by disciples for sexual abuse. "Jagadcharya," "Vishwa Yoga Ratna." Swami Shri Kripalvanandji. MORE
Anandajay M b 1955 aka Cor Thelen based in Belgium, said to be giving satsang since 1979. Site in German and Dutch
Yoga Praveena Arun H.S. M Indian b1954, founded Prashant Yogashraya (Bangalore), BKS Iyengar
E Ayyappa Touryananda* M b1952ish American (CA) "Yogini Ashram" with two campuses, Kriya Tantra Yoga, Vama Marg Tantra path of sexual spirituality, Babaji, Yogi S.A.A. Ramaiah
Yogashri Yogacharya Dr Sushil Bhattacharya M b1957ish Indian based in Nepal, Patanjali Yoga Center, sapta Yoga, 2nd in 1989 Yoga Competition, many honours
Bharat Thakur M b1963ish Indian "chosen" at age 4, Artistic Yoga = "dynamic system," spontaneous movements, branches all over India, London, Sukhdev Brahmachari
Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury M b1946 Indian based in US (B Hills CA) no guru claims but too big to ignore, big franchise of sweaty "hot yoga," Bishnu Ghosh (P Yogananda's bro), see also wife Rajashree. MORE Copyright feud 
Gregorian Bivolaru M b1952 Romanian aka Grieg, persecuted in old regime for teaching yoga, siddhi jail escapes, org = MISA. Site has lots of info and links, now yoga secondary, big into tantra, yantra, etc. Site does not mention exile / asylum in Sweden re charges of sex with minors, though his news site does. Anti site is a Rick Ross forum discussion of sexual abuse and other excesses
Swami Brahmavidyananda Saraswati M b1943ish Indian based in US (FL), Institute of Holistic Yoga (Satyananda Ashram), Swami Satyananda Paramahamsa
Guru Chod M 1900-1988 Thai journalist and yoga master had royalty and ordinaries as students, died on the job on 88th birthday, Sivananda
TKV Desikachar M no info, founded KYM, son of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. MORE 
Sri Dharma Mittra* b1939 Brazilian based in US (NYC) teaches – 38 years, a "teachers' teacher" – all eight limbs of Yoga, specialist in asanas (908!), Sw Kailashananda
Yogi Dhiranandaji* M b1937 Indian aka Sri Samir Kumar Ghosh teaching Kriya and Astanga Yoga in Switz since 1977, also a poet, Hariharananda
Billy Doyle M ?ish Brit, meditation, pranayamas, "Kashmir tradition," Jean Klein
Yogacharya Dr Fernando EstÚvez Griego* M b1952ish Uruguayan/Spanish Int'l Yoga Fed prez, "Zen yoga," most links not working, little info, site is in Spanish
Georg Feuerstein M b1947ish American (CA) big Yoga author, founded Yoga Research and Education Center, and now Traditional Yoga Studies, Adi Da, Vajrayana Yoga
Ana Forrest* F Amer (CA) b1956ish overcame birth deformities, abuse sequelae etc, Native medicine, lots of therapies, travels and teaches "Forrest Yoga," = "intense pose sequences, compassionately taught" 
John Friend M b1960 American (TX) "Anusara Yoga" founder, Pattabhi Jois, BKS Iyengar, Gurumayi, MORE. Big scandal 2012 about sex and high-rolling finances, YogaDork has complete timeline with pro- and con- links.
Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa* F b1945 Amer (CA) Golden Bridge Yoga, bumpf on other sites says "onetime speed freak, yogi to the stars," Yogi Bhajan
Rev Mother Yogacharya M Hamilton F 1904-1991 Amer (WA) Cross and Lotus Publishing, "Mother's love and service to God and Guru was complete and she was a blessing to all who knew her," P Yogananda, P Ramdas
Swami Harinanda* M b1928 Indian based in Canada (YVR) variety of yogas offered incl numerological name-balancing, Ramana, K'murti, Dr Lewis et al
Porphiri Korneevich Ivanov* M b1898?! Russian sadhu-yogi original, nature cure (fasting, near-naked in Natura) of cancer age 30, 12 years Soviet jails, system developed intuitively
B.N.S. Iyengar M b1925, yoga, "the other Iyengar," Krishnamacharya, still active
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev* M b1948ish Indian (Coimbatore) + US (TN) + lots of other centers, Sahaja Sthithi Yoga = varied approach, no lineage known
Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati* M b1948 American (FL) aka Swami J, yoga, vedanta, tantra, mantra, etc large site, Swami Rama
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois M b1915 Indian propagator of Ashtanga Yoga, an active heat-generating form. MORE 
Swami Jyotirmayananda* M b1931 Indian based in US (FL), Yoga Research Foundation, Integral Yoga, one of leading heirs of Sivananda
Kali Ray* F b1964ish American, TriYoga guided by intuition arising from kundalini, pranayama, mantra, seva, big operation, Ganapati Sachchidananda
Elizabeth Klarich F b1948ish American (MT), intuitive yoga
Gary Kraftsow M b1956ish American author and Yoga teacher, Viniyoga, T.K.V. Desikachar
Swami Sri Kripalvanandji M 1913-1981 Indian aka Bapuji, guru of Amrit Desai. Sideshow (LightMind site awaiting new server Jul '09). MORE
Tirumalai Krishnamacharya M 1888-1990ish, master of many disciplines. "Practice of Yoga must be adapted to the individual, and not the individual to Yoga." Guru of many- of today's biggies.
Kriya Yoga Institute P'hamsa Hariharananda: Rajarshi Peterananda, Swami Shuddhananda Giri, Swami Brahmananda Giri, Swami Mangalananda Giri, Swami Arupananda Giri, Swami Samvidananda Giri, Swami Samarpanananda Giri and lots more.
Lahiri Mahasaya M 1828-1895 aka Shyama Charan Lahiri, "grandfather" guru of P Yogananda, was the first "channel" for Mahavatar Babaji to bring Kriya Yoga to the modern world, guru of Sri Yukteshwar, over there ==>
HH Vishwa Guru Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Sri Swami Maheshwarananda M b1958ish Indian, based in E Europe and Australia, "Yoga in Daily Life," Paramhans Swami Madhavanandaji. Anti 

Yogi Narayana Baba* M b1967ish Amer (CA) initiated age 5 by yogi-lawyer father, 5-year sadhu journey in India, Kriya yoga lineage but mainly devotional, intuitive, Mahavtar Babaji, Haidakhan Baba, Yuan Miao et al
Swami Narayanananda M Indian 1902-1988 author, founded Narayanananda Universal Yoga Trust, org HQ in DK now defunct, page has books and info
Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati M b1960, yoga, tantra, multi- author, succeeded Paramahamsa Satyananda at Bihar School of Yoga
Masahiro Oki* M Japanese 1919-1985 developed Okido system of yoga, Jap healing and martial arts, a "holistic form of yoga which can be both dynamic and tranquil." Site is in Italian
Paramahamsa Omkarananda Saraswati M b 1931, multi-author, yoga format unspecified, Brahmacharya, based in Austrian Alps, Sivananda
Ramanand Patel M b1949ish Indian based in US (CA), uses sound, BKS Iyengar, Dayananda. MORE
Paramahamsa Praj˝anananda Giri * M b1960 Indian based in Orissa aka Triloki Dash, now Hariharananda successor, Kriya yoga, many centers around world, still maintains H'ananda's site  
Swami Balyogi Premvarni* M b1933ish? Indian (Rishikesh area) little info, 500 asanas, 100 pranayamas, etc, Yogant Foundation. In Anti page book excerpt (scroll down), he is "Swamiji."
Swami Sivananda Radha F 1911-1995 German, moved to Canada (BC), yoga author, Sivananda
Swami Santhiprasad M b1948 Indian (KL) offers pranayama, asanas, meditation, individualized techniques, centers in EU, Bhaskara Pillai Swamikal
Sankara Saranam M b1967ish Jewish-American (NM) kriya/raja yogi, pranayama, Yogananda
Swami Shree Yogi Satyam b1964ish Afro'd Indian based in Allahabad, Kriyayoga Research Institute, beachhead in Canada, rumours of "reincarnation of Yogananda" not promulgated by him; Lahiri Mahasaya and Swami Shree Yukteshwar. Each page opens in new window
Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati M b1923, big yoga school (Bihar Yoga), Sivananda, semi-ret. Spanish page is more juicy.
Swami Satyeswarananda Vidyaratna Babaji* M b1931ish? (looks younger) Indian (Bengal) based in US, Kriya yoga from Yukteshwar's Satyananda and "Mahamuni" (Mahavatar) Babaji directly, big on lineage, "serves only the qualified and serious seekers of truth from San Diego"
Erich Schiffmann M b1954ish American (CA), Yoga as spiritual path, T.K.V. Desikachar, J Krishnamurti. MORE
shakti mhi F b1963ish Canuck (YVR) Prana Yoga "the precision of Iyengar, the style of Sivananda, and the flow of Ashtanga," blended with Zen
Shri Shailendra Sharma M b1957 (looks younger, bodybuilder?) Indian (Mathura) no bio-info, author, Kriya Yoga in Lahiri Mahasaya family lineage 
HH Rishi Maha Mandaleshwar Sri Shambhavananda M b1947 American (CO) aka Jim Putorti* author, Shambhava Yoga, ("yoga unencumbered by dogma"), Eldorado Mountain Yoga Ashram, Rudi, Muktananda, though not mentioned in site. Anti (nbd)
Swami Sivamurti Saraswati F b1949ish Australian based in Greece, founded Satyanandashram Hellas in 1978, Satyananda. Site in Eng / Greek
Sri Somanatha Maharshi M b1944ish Indian (Andhra) "remained in penance motionless without food and sleep continuously for eleven years. He obtained the divine power desired by him." "Manoyoga" = controlled breath + AUM. Big in TX
Yogacharya Sundaram M Indian 1901-1994, various yogas, author, publisher, law, politics, no bio. Site is his publisher site, in Eng and Tamil
Yogī Surajnāth* M b 1956 aka SītārāmWable, Sūryabhān, lives in rural India (MH), site mainly on meditation but offers methods, Nāth Panth lineage, J Krishnamurti 
Sri Sutrananda M b1949ish South American based in Canada (BC via MTL) aka Yoga Master Karlos Sutrananda, founder of Kunda Yoga College - Kundalini Research Centre Ltd or Kunda Yoga College - Divine Natural Awareness Centre Ltd, "The time of the Guru is finished. In this new century we are all Masters, we are all Gurus," "Home Enlightenment Program -- Be Enlightened In Ten Weeks" for $800, Swami Satchidananda, Bernard De Montreal "and many others great Master's"

Sri Tantra Deva M b1953 American aka Troy Dean Harris, eclectic author, many years in East, "Thai Yoga-Tantra" variant = Troyoga, interesting notes on Women and Yoga includes material used by child-porn justifiers, Guru Chod
Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD b1952ish scholar (Sanskrit, Pali, Zend-Avesta, etc), head of Himalayan Institute, successor of Swami Rama
Swami Tilak Paramahansa M b1933ish Indian. Site is in Spanish, Baba Bajaranga Dasji Maharaha
James Traverse* M b1956ish Canuck (NS) Nisarga, or Natural Yoga, emphasizes the contrast of movement and stillness
Swami Venkatesananda M 1921-1982 Indian, long-time secretary of Sivananda, Patanjali translator, Gita and Yoga Vasistha commentaries
Ganga White M b1945ish American (CA), Yoga author, White Lotus Foundation, many accolades, endorsed by Sting etc, Sivananda, Iyengar, Krishnamurti, etc
Rodney Yee M b1959ish American (NY-CA) ballet then yoga, BKS Iyengar. MORE
Selvarajan Yesudian* M Indian 1916-1998 pioneer brought yoga to west, worked with Elisabeth Haich. Site is in German
Yogani no bio info, "Advanced Yoga Practices" a huge and deep synthesis publicly and freely available in many languages. MORE, ALSO. New URL
Ma Yoga Shakti Saraswati* F b1927 Indian based in US (NY) travels all over, varied approach
Swami Yogeshwarananda Saraswati M 1887- 1985, hatha yoga author aka Brahmachari Vyas Deva Ji, guru Avadhuta Swami Atmananda Ji
Sri Yukteshwar Giri M 1855-1936, jnanavatar, Kriya yoga, Lahiri Mahasaya, guru of Paramahansas Yogananda and Hariharananda

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