A look at the history of yoga in Chicago
By Lourdes Paredes with James Soare
Yoga was introduced to the West in September 1893 at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Held at the Art Institute of Chicago, the gathering promoted interfaith dialogue. Representing India and Hinduism was Swami Vivekananda (above left), then 30. In several speeches, Vivekananda encouraged open communication across faith lines, briefly introduced Hinduism and Buddhism, and sought aid for the poverty-stricken people of India. Vivekananda’s speeches made an instant impact.