Baba Ramdev: a yoga teacher

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imagesBaba Ramdev About this sound pronunciation is a yoga teacher known for his work in Ayurveda, politics and agriculture. He is best known for popularising yoga among Indians through his mass yoga camps. He founded the Patanjali Group of Institutions. Ramdev has more recently become interested in Indian political issues.
Ramdev was born to Ram Yadav and Gulabo Devi. He studied Indian scripture, Yoga and Sanskrit in various gurukuls. He became a sanyasi and adopted the name Swami Ramdev. While living in Kalwa Gurukul in Jind district, Haryana, he offered free yoga training to villagers for some time. He then moved to Haridwar in Uttarakhand and spent several years studying ancient Indian scriptures at Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya.
Ramdev with Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
He founded the Divya Yog Mandir Trust in 1995. In 2003, Aastha TV began featuring him in its morning yoga slot. There he proved to be telegenic and gained a large following. A large number of people and many celebrities in India and abroad have attended his yoga camps. He has taught yoga to many actors including Amitabh Bachchan and Shilpa Shetty. He became the first non-Muslim to publicly address Muslim clerics at their seminary in Deoband, Uttar Pradesh and has taught yoga in countries including Britain, the USA and Japan. In 2006, he was invited by Kofi Annan to deliver a lecture on poverty alleviation in a United Nations conference. Yogi Haider considered the face of yoga in Pakistan, says that his ambition is to emulate Ramdev Baba and popularise yoga amongst Pakistanis.
A view of Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar (Uttarakhand) India
Patanjali Yogpeeth is an institute founded for the promotion and practice of yoga and ayurveda. It has two Indian campuses, Patanjali Yogpeeth-I & Patanjali Yogpeeth-II, with locations in the UK, US, Nepal, Canada, and Mauritius.
Ramdev established the Patanjali Yog Peeth (UK) Trust in 2006 , with the aim of promoting yoga in UK. He acquired the Scottish island of Little Cumbrae as a base.
Patanjali Ayurved was started by Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna 10 years ago in Haridwar. As of early-March 2016, the company’s turnover has already crossed 45 billion (US$670 million) and is cruising at a monthly rate of about 5 billion (US$74 million) to 5.5 billion (US$82 million).[21] According to a recent report by India Infoline, at least 13 listed companies will be hit by Patanjali. “Colgate and Dabur would be affected the most whereas ITC and Godrej Consumer would be least impacted,” said Percy Panthaki of IIFL.
The Maharashtra government plans to tie up with yoga guru Baba Ramdev, and sell off the excessive products derived from materials available in forests to Patanjali.
Ramdev had announced plans to form Bharat Swabhiman, a political party, in 2010. He said that it would contest every seat in the next national elections. A year later, he said that he had no intention of forming a political party nor of entering politics directly but felt that he should influence politics by encouraging a groundswell of popular reaction. He had changed his mind again by 2014, when he announced that Bharat Swabhiman intended to contest some constituencies in the general election of that year and to form alliances with some other parties.
It was at this time also that he voiced his support for Narendra Modi to become the next Prime Minister of India. His attempts to run yoga camps during that election campaign, allegedly to gain support for Modi, were stymied by the Election Commission of India (ECI) who determined that they were indeed politically motivated. The ECI had also tried to control his use of camps in the Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh state elections of 2013.
There is also an organisation called the Bharat Swabhiman Trust, founded by Ramdev and supporting his political campaigns. The financial arrangements of this and his two other trusts—the Divya Yog and Patanjali Yogpeeth—came under ECI scrutiny during the 2014 elections because of a complaint that they were being used to fund the campaigns of some political parties.

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