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Joshua Greene is a popular lecturer on yoga philosophy. In 1969 he was initiated by Bhaktivedanta Swami and awarded the name Yogesvara. After 13 years in yoga ashrams he returned to New York and now teaches Hinduism and Holocaust history in the religion department of Hofstra University. His weekly Gita gatherings are a popular feature at Jivamukti Yoga School. His books include Swami in a Strange Land: How Krishna Came to the West; Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison; Gita Wisdom: An Introduction to India’s Essential Yoga Text; and Justice at Dachau: The Trials of an American Prosecutor. He has received numerous awards for his documentary films.



Bhakti is love for God. Without, it yoga is not possible. Joshua is a yogi who articulates this essential love message of the Gita with passion, humor and practical relevance to the here and now of our lives. – Sharon Gannon, co-Founder, Jivamukti Yoga


Anyone who has attended a Gita class by Yogesvara and witnessed the enthusiasm of his students to explore the relevance of its message understands how gifted he is in making ancient teachings accessible for people today. – Dhanurdhara Swami


Joshua Greene lives the Gita, which allows him to take esoteric wisdom and reveal its timeless meaning. Without such insight, yoga remains either pop culture or orthodox practice of little relevance. He’s a staple presenter at all my teacher trainings and I’m honored to sit at his feet and simply listen. – Raghunath, co-Founder, Supersoul Yoga


Yogesvara introduced me to a dimension of yoga I had not understood from others: by his teachings, I gain a practical sense of humanity. – Nick Velko, Owner, Yoga Agora


I am consistently delighted by Joshua’s candor, insight and the wealth of his knowledge.  He conveys yoga philosophy in a practical manner, yet with wit and heart. Whatever challenge a student throws to him, he rises to meet it with the grace of a spiritual warrior. – Sondra Loring, Founder, Sadhana Yoga