About

Tony Sanchez

Tony was certified by Ghosh's College of Physical Education in 1980 after training 4 years with Bikram Choudhury in Beverly Hills, California. He was director of his San Francisco Yoga College of India from 1980 to 1984.

In 1985, Tony founded the United States Yoga Association and the San Francisco Yoga Studio and created the Yoga Challenge series of four progressive systems to enable practitioners of all levels to reap the health and fitness benefits of the 84 asanas of the Ghosh lineage.

Tony holds the 1994 (Argentina) and 1996 (Brazil) World Cup Yoga Sport title from the International Yoga Federation, based in India and Argentina.


In 1996, Tony and Sandy Sanchez created the Yoga Science Box, a multi-disciplined curriculum program for the San Francisco Unified School District(SFUSD). The exercise and academic curriculum includes "Desk Potato Yoga" and"Yogasthma: Seven steps to asthma control".

From 1996 to 2004, Tony trained elementary grade classroom teachers, and middle and high school physical education teachers in the public and private sectors in San Francisco, Los Angeles and beyond. With volunteers from the US Yoga Association he established after-school programs in schools throughout the district.

Tony is featured in Yoga, published by Yoga Journal. He demonstrates the 84 asanas from the Ghosh lineage in Eighty-four Āsanas in Yoga: A Survey of Traditions, an academic research book by Professor Gudrun Bühnemann.

In 2005 Tony went on sabbatical in Los Cabos, Mexico to create systems and training programs for practitioners, instructors and aspiring instructors of all levels. He codified a new series of 3 systems with 40 asanas in each that he began teaching in 2016 that includes breath control with vinyasa.

Although Tony and Bikram teach postural yoga from the same Ghosh lineage, Tony does not teach 'hot yoga' of any kind, nor does he advocate it.

Bishnu Ghosh

 "Contrary to popular belief, contemporary postural yoga is not ancient."

Bishnu Ghosh was a yogic physical culturist, initially trained by his brother, Yogananda, at his Ranchi School for Boys.

His system begins with Sūryannamaskār. Popularized by his fellow bodybuilders in the 1900's,"Suryannamaskar, was not considered a part of yoga at the time. It was in addition to "yoga" for medical gymnastics and body-conditioning on the one hand, and state of the art weights and other European bodybuilding techniques on the other." 

"The creator of the modern Suryanamaskar (salutations to the sun) system, Pratinidhi Pant, the Rajah of Aundh, was a devoted bodybuilder and practitioner of the Sandow Method."  (Yoga Body - Mark Singleton)

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 In law school, Ghosh's physical education professor transformed his body and restored his health, furthering his interest in yogic physical culture. Ghosh's own unique system of yogic physical culture includes muscle control methods he learned and enhanced from a famous Burmese body builder.

Bishnu practiced law for a short while before devoting all of his time to yogic physical culture. In 1926, he and his college friend, Sen Gupta, who also trained with Professor Thakurta, established Ghosh's Gymnasium for muscle development and control. In 1930, they published Barbell Exercises & Muscle Control

Bishnu and his students, who were known throughout India, traveled to the United States and Europe to demonstrate the power of yoga. His students appeared regularly on That's Incredible, a US television program. He lectured at Columbia University with his star student, and son-in-law, Buddha Bose. In later years Buddha Bose established the Yoga Cure Institute in Calcutta, the first of its kind, and Bishnu added a community clinic to Ghosh's College.

"During his early years in America Yogananda taught a version of yogic "muscle control" heavily influenced by New Thought and European body-building. He had "discovered" this method of "muscle recharging through will power" in 1916 and tested it on students at his school in Ranchi. These students thereafter performed prodigious "feats of strength and endurance." (Yoga Body - Mark Singleton)

A wealthy Indian philanthropist was so impressed with Bishnu's work he purchased land and built a large gymnasium for him in Ballygani. A tourist from Japan was so inspired by his performance that he founded a center in Japan where his daughter still teaches.

Lal Ghosh

Bishnu had a son, Bishwanath, and two daughters, Abha and Karuna, who runs his center in Japan.  Bishwanath, one of his best students , took his own troupes on tour to Japan and won a gold cup in competition. Since his passing a few years ago Bishnu's granddaughter, Muktamala, has been running the centre in Calcutta.

Bishnu passed away unexpectedly on 9 July 1970, but his legacy lives on.

 "Bishnu worked devotedly to teach physical culture to the common man of India. His dedication fired the enthusiasm of India's youth: he attracted a large following and left a heritage that still lives today." (Sananda Lal Ghosh, author - Mejda: The Family and Early Life of Paramahansa Yogananda)

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"What is desirable in body culture is the harmonious development of power over the voluntary action of muscles and the involuntary processes of the heart, lungs, stomach and other organs and important glands. This is what gives health, and is the scientific principle underlying the Yoga exercises." Bishnu Ghosh
Read Tony's interview in Yoga Journal Asia here.