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Baba Ramdev

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Name- Ramkrishna Yadav

DOB- 25 December 1965 Mahendragarh, Punjab, India (now Haryana, India)

Known as- Yoga Guru

Father- Ram Nivas Yadav

Mother- Gulabo Devi

 


 

Early Life and Education

Ramdev was born on 25 December 1965 as Ramkrishna Yadav to Ram Niwas Yadav and Gulabo Devi at Hazaribag Ali Saiyad Pur village of Mahendragarh district, Haryana. Both of his parents were farmers. He claims he became paralyzed when he was two & half and was later cured by practicing Yoga. He studied Indian scripture, Yoga and Sanskrit in various Gurukuls (schools). He was the student of Acharya Baldevji in Gurukul Kalwa. Ramdev took sanyasi diksha and adopted the name Swami Ramdev from Swami ShankarDev Ji. While living in Kalwa Gurukul in Jind district, Haryana, Ramdev offered free yoga training to villagers. Then he moved to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, where he practiced self-discipline and meditation, and spent several years studying ancient Indian scriptures at Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya.

 

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Later Life

He started teaching yoga to the villagers across Haryana while still at the Kalva gurukul. It is believed that later on he went to the Himalayas where he spent several years. He then moved to Haridwar in Uttarakhand where he studied ancient Indian scriptures at Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya. He also practiced intense self-discipline and meditation. Baba Ramdev established Divya Yoga Mandir Trust in 1995 in order to promote yoga. In this endeavor he was accompanied by Acharya Karamveer and Acharya Balkrishna. Acharya Karmaveer is an expert in yoga and Veda while Acharya Balkrishna is a physician with a degree in ayurveda. The headquarters of the trust is at the Kripalu Bagh Ashram of Haridwar. Baba Ramdev teaches yoga mainly at this ashram. Baba Ramdev primarily teaches the Pranayama form of yoga. The program consists of six breathing exercises in a specific sequence. Most of the other yoga teachers place more emphasis on the practice of asanas (yoga postures) while Baba Ramdev focuses more on the breathing exercises.

He became a very well-known yoga teacher and in 2003 he began appearing on Aastha TV in a series promoting yoga. The show proved to be very popular with the audiences and he gained a large following. His fame spread far and wide, and thousands, including celebrities, flocked to his yoga camps to learn the ancient science. After attaining much popularity in India he also started teaching yoga in other countries like Britain, the USA and Japan. He founded the Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar, for the promotion and practice of yoga and ayurveda. Ayurvedic medicines are also manufactured there and it offers treatments for all and has residential accommodation. Patanjali Yogpeeth has two campuses in India, Patanjali Yogpeeth-I and Patanjali Yogpeeth-II, and several others in the UK, US, Nepal, Canada, and Mauritius.

 

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Baba Ramdev is also active in political campaigns. He was involved in the Jan Lokpal agitation in 2011 where he campaigned against corruption with activists like Anna Hazare, Ram Jethmalani, Kiran Bedi, Arvind Kejriwal and Swami Agnivesh. On 4 June 2011, Baba Ramdev launched the Bhrashtachar Mitao Satyagrah at Ramlila Maidan, New Delhi. He also launched a campaign against black money. Baba Rambev is also known for kindling controversies with some of his claims and statements. His belief that homosexuality is a mental disorder that can be “cured”, and his claims that the condition of patients suffering with AIDS can be improved through yoga and ayurvedic drugs sold by his Divya Yoga Mandir Trust have earned him several detractors.

 

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Rohit Lalwani

Rohit Lalwani

Thursday, Jun 07, 2018 at 14:26

 started teaching yoga to the villagers across Haryana while still at the Kalva gurukul. It is believed that later on he went to the Himalayas where he spent several years. He then moved to Haridwar in Uttarakhand where he studied ancient Indian scriptures at Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya. He also practiced intense self-discipline and meditation. Baba Ramdev established Divya Yoga Mandir Trust in 1995 in order to promote yoga. In this endeavor he was accompanied by Acharya Karamveer and Acharya Balkrishna. Acharya Karmaveer is an expert in yoga and Veda while Acharya Balkrishna is a physician with a degree in ayurveda. The headquarters of the trust is at the Kripalu Bagh Ashram of Haridwar. Baba Ramdev teaches yoga mainly at this ashram. Baba Ramdev primarily teaches the Pranayama form of yoga. The program consists of six breathing exercises in a specific sequence. Most of the other yoga teachers place more emphasis on the practice of asanas (yoga postures) while Baba Ramdev focuses more on the breathing exercises.