Sri Yogendra was a brilliant poet and the Yoga Institute came into being when one of the admirers of Yogendra's poetry offered his house as a Yoga ashram, thereby laying the foundation for the Yoga Institute.
Since it's inception, the Yoga Institute has grown steadily and has contributed to every facet of Yoga including Yoga for children, Yoga for seniors, Yoga for women, and especially Yoga as therapy. Sri Yogendra founded the first Yoga hospital in the modern era in 1920 in the United States.
Since the earliest days, the institute has organized health camps for specific conditions including heart disease, diabetes, musculo-skeletal conditions, and breathing disorders. They have carried out extensive research on the effects of their therapeutic Yoga programs including a three-year research project that showed how diet and lifestyle could reverse heart disease.