Yoga has reached America in the early 20th century but it wasn't widely well received at first. This guide provides access to materials related to "Yoga” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
Chronicling America is a searchable digital collection of historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
Included in the website is the Directory of US Newspapers in American Libraries, a searchable index to newspapers published in the United States since 1690, which helps researchers identify what titles exist for a specific place and time, and how to access them.
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 in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.
The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.
Tantrik Order in America and the Tantrik Press are founded in by Pierre Arnold Bernard (the Great Oom) and assocates.
Bernard founds the Sanskrit College in New York City.
Two teenage girls accuse Bernard of "Sexual misconduct", causing a nationwide scandal.
Bernard establishes Clarkstown Country Club in South Nyack, New York.