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How did the Beatles become interested in yoga?
Answered by Science Channel
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  1. While the Beatles were filming the movie "Help!" in the Bahamas in 1965, they met the founder of Sivandana Yoga, Swami Vishnu-Devananda, who was there at the same time. The yogi presented the members of the band with autographed copies of his book, "The Illustrated Book of Yoga." After this, George Harrison became very curious about yoga and Eastern religions. Harrison traveled to India in 1966. His wife, Patti Boyd, became acquainted with the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who founded Transcendental Meditation (TM), and she and Harrison purchased tickets for all of the Beatles to visit him in London. Some of the music on the Beatles' "White Album" had its inspiration in the yogi's teachings, as well as their own TM experiences.

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