Shri Yogendra Museum of Classical Yoga was inaugurated in 1987 at The Yoga Institute, by the then President of India, Shri Giani Zail Singh. Conceptualized to show Yoga as a way of life, it provides guidelines for all those who are interested in studying classical Yoga. The museum presents a historical and balanced view of Yoga, which is a necessity amidst the confusion that has spawned in Yoga activities in India and abroad.
With an array of indoor and outdoor displays, the museum contains the History of Yoga, sections on Raja Yoga (with special reference to Patanjali Yoga Sutra), Bhakti Yoga, Mantra Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Kriyas, ancient versus modern structure of Asanas (specially elaborated – through a long and patient study of the Asana structure of The Yoga Institute).
The works of The Yoga Institute and the teachings of the Founder, Shri Yogendraji, has also been preserved in the Crypt of Civilization. The Crypt is one of the greatest historical projects conceived by Dr. Thornwell Jacobs, then President of the Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Georgia. The 2,000-cubic-foot room contains numerous artifacts and documents, and is designed for opening in the year 8113 AD. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the crypt is the “first successful attempt to bury a record of this culture for any future inhabitants or visitors to the planet Earth.”
The Crypt of Civilization contains carefully preserved microfilmed information regarding the science and civilization of 1936 A.D and 960,000 pages of Encyclopedias, legal books, the literature of various languages, some of the finest paintings, scientific instruments, costumes, food products, household utensils, etc. Out of the 700 books selected by a panel of eminent judges from millions of books available, only a few were selected from India. And it’s a matter of pride that 4 books on Yoga practices from The Yoga Institute have been conserved as an authoritative representation of our civilization in this time capsule.
These books have undergone many re-prints without changes and have been translated in many languages. Today, they are available under the following titles: