Mother Sita Devi Yogendra: A Brief Profile

1st June 1912 – 10th April 2008

That thousands of people the world over continue to benefit from the pioneering work of the Founder of The Yoga Institute, Santacruz, Shri Yogendraji, is in a large measure due to the love, devotion and unswerving loyalty of his life partner, Smt. Sita Devi. Founder has himself paid tribute to her saying, “Without Sita, the Institute’s work would not have been possible.”

Smt. Sita Devi Yogendra was born on 1st June 1912. She was married to Shri Yogendraji on 29thSeptember 1927. She was the mother of two sons and was successfully combining the yoga way of life along with her several duties as an able homemaker.

It is highly appropriate that Smt. Sita Devi Yogendra was affectionately addressed simply as “Mother” by all who meet her, since the word has been time-hallowed as signifying the best, most dignified example of a life of love, care and self-sacrifice for the sake of husband and children, and also the whole community.

She was introduced to yoga soon after her marriage and absorbed sufficient knowledge and technique of yoga in two years’ time. She was then made the Secretary-Treasurer of the Institute and was in charge of the ladies’ section. She came in contact with Dr. John W. Fox who gave her elementary knowledge of anatomy, physiology and medical care.

Mother started contributing articles to the journal Yoga from its very inception and continued to contribute articles to The Journal of The Yoga Institute and Classic Yoga International. Her first work appeared under the title Easy Postures for Women which went through various editions. This was thoroughly revised later and then was presented in a new edition, Yoga Physical Education for Women.

Yoga Physical Education for Women has been hailed the world over as the first authoritative book on yoga for women written by a woman. It has been translated in several languages.

All the cases referred to in the book were treated personally by her and the results were accepted as successful even by the medical profession. She has treated over five thousand cases and knew enough about the science of yoga for personal health and self-improvement.

Mother Sita Devi’s 101st Birth Anniversary falls on 1st June 2013.
A Satsang will be held on Sunday 2nd June from 9:30 am -10:30 am in her memory, at The Yoga Institute. All are welcome to attend.

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