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The Beauty of Krishnamacharya Yoga Tradition

March 23, 2020 |

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The Beauty of Krishnamacharya Yoga Tradition.

Yoga Today

You would have come across many places for learning Yoga. It is popular and has a multitude of names and even Universities.

This has taken place in the past 20-40 years. The Yoga seekers are all over, across the geography, race, gender, age and work category.

Sri Sri Ravishankar, Sadhguru of Isha, Brahmakumaris, BKS Iyengar, and Ramdev Baba. They made Yoga accessible to one and all.  Yoga has gained momentum, but still a long way to goAdi Yogi – Lord Shiva is the first proponent of Yoga, created 84 Million Asanas, one for each man and women. Today, we have 300-500 asanas known to man.

Why is the T Krishnamacharya Tradition Authentic?

Sri T. Krishnamacharya is known as the father of modern yoga as we know it today.  We can surely credit this one man alone for giving us back this practice which has now become a fad all over the world.  From 1915, T. Krishnamacharya learnt Yoga from Ramamohan Brahmachari. The ashram was a cave near Lake Manasarovar, at the footstep of Mount Kailash. He spent 6 years in the cave learning Yoga Sutras and imprinted into memory and practice.

His Guru knew 7000 asanas of which T. Krishnamacharya mastered around 3000 asanas. He taught his son TKV Desikachar around 500 asanas over a period of 30 years. Today, the best of students in Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram learn 50 or 60 postures.

The life of a Yoga teacher was the Guru-Dakshina. Ramamohan Brahmachari asked him to “take a wife, raise children, and be a teacher of Yoga” which T. Krishnamacharya did till his age of 101 years when he passed away in 1998.

Key aspects of T.Krishnamacharya Tradition

T Krishnamacharya has touched many lives and left a legacy. Let us learn a few lessons from his great life.

Simplicity – He was humble for his vast knowledge.  He held very senior positions and had a Cabinet Rank in Mysore and was personal Yoga therapist for the Maharaja and senior members. Even in difficult circumstances, he never swayed for power, money or recognition.

Devotion – He devoted his life to teaching Yoga. Even in later years, he was reciting Sanskrit shlokas in sleep or mumble teachings of a posture.

Devoutness – He surrendered himself to God.  In his words,

“Where is the conflict, when the Truth is known,
Where is the disease, when the mind is clear,
Where is death, when the breath is controlled,
Therefore, surrender to Yoga.”

Unique Approach – The tailored Yoga method that is unique to each individual in was core to the Krishnamacharya Yoga Tradition.

Women & Yoga – He taught his wife and children, especially his daughters Yoga. He believed that Women will help preserve our Tradition and pass on to generations. Sri Krishna Wellness Yoga Centre has an exclusive batch only for Ladies, every day.

Old People – “If you can breathe, you can practice Yoga”. It is never too late to start Yoga. By practice, gradual and steady progress is possible at all ages.

Young Children – “If you can eat without dependence, you can practice Yoga”. This applies to children at a very early age, 5-6 years.

Yoga as Medicine – Yoga Therapy can help cure disease and illness. He mastered the art of applying Yogic principles and Ayurveda for curing people.

To learn more, contact Sri Krishna Wellness Yoga Center at Malleshwaram, Bangalore.

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Ms. Mimi Partha Sarathy

Founder, Managing Trustee and Sr. Yoga Teacher SKWC

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India