When you think of yoga, you think of the exercise done in mirrored gym rooms as women and men gather around to meditate and perform specific poses. Though this may be a good exercise, Yoga has such a deeper meaning than many know. This 5,000 year old tradition can be expressed through the legacy of Yogananda himself, the wise guru and Indian Yogi who introduced millions to the meditation technique. (Kanopy) On pg 177 of “The Message and the Book”, it says that “Yoga is a transformed understanding of the cosmos and of human nature within it”. (Bowker, 2014)To start, Yogananda chartered a path that connected you with your own divinity, no matter what religion you choose to worship. (Kanopy) Though we can see this broad sense of openness and acceptance, Yogananda seemed to really focus on the development and transformation of Hinduism. Here he translated his own religion, into a concept that could be expressed by anyone who chose to accept it. This is important to remember, as such a heavy influence has held such a major impact on the powerful teaching.Yogananda left a distinct legacy of broadening one’s consciousness, for it is easy to get lost in the complexity of life. Therefore, body and mind techniques were taught, as Yogananda attempted to access a spiritual domain of awareness. (Kanopy) This spiritual domain is a key factor, as it has a very strong connection to the idea of the Atman and Brahman. The Brahman is the source of power that pervades the whole entire universe, and how the universe is the “body” through which it becomes manifested in. With this, it can be reiterated that the Brahman is the cosmic body, or world soul. The Atman, is the inner self or soul. (Bowker, 2014) It is said that the “Atman is the Brahman.” I think these are two important key concepts in which we can relate back to the concept of Yoga, and what Yogananda hoped to message through its art. In other words, we can understand that though we are all separate beings, there is not much of a specific distinction, for as we look to find the deepest version of ourselves, we can come to the realization that we are all one, as we all more importantly come from one. Yogananda expresses this emphasis on being one, and finding and creating harmony through it. The art of yoga is becoming one with peace, one with love, and finding one’s true nature. (Kanopy)Within his life, Yogananda has stated to meet his guru before he had even done so in his real life. His guru would help Yogananda within his teachings, and send him special messages to preach within his sermons. An example may be when his guru said, “Keep your eyes open, in return I will open ur eyes to wisdom.” (Kanopy) One night though, Yogananda’s guru appeared before him to tell him to travel to the west, to spread his findings and teachings. Therefore in 1920, Yogananda landed into Boston through ship. Here, he preached and paved the way for ancient teachings. Arriving at the dawn of the atomic age, Yogananda became well known in the west, for his teachings sparked many as intriguing, and mysterious. Yogananda did this for three years, as he continued to give free public lectures and address classes. But eventually, he craved to broaden his horizons. In 1925, Yogananda arrived in LA, where he gave a lecture in front of 6,000 people. (Kanopy)In all, Yogananda’s teachings had sparked a major impact all over the world, especially in the west. Yogananda had initiative, and his powerful teachings truly taught many how to come into peace as one.