Smt. Sita Devi Yogendra, a trailblazer in the field of yoga, emerged as the first female yoga guru. Born on June 1, 1912, she entered into matrimony with Shri Yogendraji on September 29, 1927, at the tender age of 15. Following her marriage, she swiftly embraced yoga and dedicated herself to mastering its techniques. In a remarkable span of just two years, she absorbed extensive knowledge and wisdom, understanding the profound benefits that yoga imparts to the mind and body.
Sita Devi Ji’s pioneering contributions in the realm of yoga are best encapsulated in her renowned article titled “Yoga for Woman,” published in the 1934 edition of the esteemed ‘Yoga & Total Health Magazine.’ This influential piece not only expounds on the significance of physical education in relation to health but also serves as a comprehensive guide to yoga. The article was subsequently translated into Marathi, Kannada, and Hindi languages, ensuring its accessibility to a wider audience.
Despite prevailing societal stereotypes, Sita Devi Ji fearlessly challenged conventions and played a pivotal role in making yoga accessible to women. Her remarkable journey stands as a testament to her courage and determination, forever etching her name in history as the first female yoga guru.