SANGAM (ALLAHABAD): Sasha Jezdic from Bosnia is better known by her Vedic name Karmayogi. Serbians like Slobodan Milioenic have become
Swami Chidanand, Petar Putnik is Siddharth, Milorad Bera is Kailash Puri and Joran Rakosic is now Chitrapuri. Women like Dina Putnik and Ashya Putnik prefer names like Agni Devi and Purnima, respectively.
They are part of a group of over three dozen foreigners spreading India'sphilosophy of Vasudhaiv kutumbakam across the globe through yoga.
This group of foreign ?yogacharyas? teach yoga in several countries. Even at their Sangam ashram, early morning yoga sessions attracted hundreds of devotees.
An engineer, Jezdic (Karmayogi) takes yoga classes at a Shiva temple in Atlanta, US. ?Every morning, several people from different nationalities assemble at the temple and at times even outnumber Indians,? said Jezdic, who works with a computer networking company.
Milioenic, an academician who belongs to Novi Sad, a place near Belgrade, said he has been practising yoga for three decades and teaching it in his country for 23 years. ?I came across my Guruji 30 years ago during my first visit to India. Since then, yoga has become part of my life.?
He said his soul and spirit were ?Indianised? due to the virtues of yoga. ?Yoga is not part of religion but all religions are part of yoga. Fortunately the world has gradually accepted this,? he said.