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For the first time in the West I began to study yoga philosopher Schopenhauer, and the present surge of interest in this "science" came in the first half - middle of the twentieth century.

We collected interesting vintage photo from the history of yoga, which commemorated its early adopters.

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1928.

Indian philosophy gradually transformed into a variety of fitness, gaining adherents in the West. Actress Athena Seiler shows exercise during the show Skin Deep ( "Deep under the skin"). Photo Sasha / Getty Images

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The first photo, reminiscent of yoga, appeared in 1908 - at the London Olympics athletes used its elements for stretching muscles.

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The first real yoga in America - James Hay Kelly demonstrates the impressive asana.

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"Master Class" 1940 sample year. Photo: Tunbridge-Sedgwick Pictorial Press / Getty Images

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Yoga - it's not only useful, but also fun.

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And by the way, beautiful.

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An essential element of yoga - headstand.

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By the way, Marilyn Monroe was one of the first stars, practicing yoga: it could easily perform a headstand on the beach.

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And other very difficult asanas.

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May 1949.

15-year-old Pamela Fawn performing an exercise in class at the Ballet School of Tunbridge Wells. In this institution under the direction of Madame Nikolaeva-Legate students studied yoga along with traditional, classical subjects. Photo: George Konig / Keystone Features / Getty Images

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June 21, 1956.

Acrobat Joe Klemendor and the master technique of yoga, literally shocked the visitors nightclub in Paris, performing in front of them "twisted" asana. Photo: John Sadovy / BIPs / Getty Images

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1960.

Indian "master" swings attached to his hair with a baby sling, it seems, brings both great fun. At the feet of the "gurus" is a board with nails - inventory shows. Photo: Fox Photos / Getty Images

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March 1963.

Hungarian "guru" Laszlo Szabo shows exercises on the program "Budapest TV". Photo: Keystone / Getty Images

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There already appears advertising clothing brands. September 1976, a popular yoga instructor Kahta performs asana in a knitted suit from the winter collection C & A. Photo: Evening Standard / Getty Images

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August 1977.

A couple of lovers of yoga classes at London's Hyde Park. Photo: Colin Davey / Evening Standard / Getty Images