YOGA & KRISHNAMACHARYA’S TRADITION
Yoga is an ancient, self-empowering practice that utilizes a wide range of tools to enhance well-being and to maintain and restore health.
It could be a powerful tool on the journey of personal and spiritual growth, as well.
Yogah citta-vrtti-nirodhah | Yoga Sutra I. 1
Yoga is the pacification, concentration and complete focus of the mind’s fluctuating activities.
Patañjali defines Yoga as a particular state of the activities of the mind, which are usually in fluctuation. Yoga is the complete orientation (nirodha) of the mental activities (citta-vrtti-s) towards a state of harmony, clarity and total awareness.
- Frans Moors, “Liberating Isolation - The Yogasutras of Patañjali”
Yoga within the Tradition of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya
Professor Tirumalai Krishnamacharya was a pioneer in the revival of the ancient teachings of Yoga and in preserving their relevance for the modern world. He strongly advocated an intelligent approach to Yoga, whereby Yoga's tools and techniques are adapted to respect the needs, abilities and requirements of each individual. The popularity and appeal of his students, including Indra Devi, Pattabhi Jois, BKS Iyengar and particularly, TKV Desikachar, testify to the significance of his life's work and teachings and to his position as one of the most influential Yoga masters of the modern era.
TKV Desikachar, son and longest standing student of Krishnamacharya, continued to carry this tradition into the 21st century. He has been instrumental in building bridges between Yoga and others healing modalities, inspiring thousands of Yoga practitioners worldwide.
THE FOLLOWING PRACTICES AND PRINCIPLES ARE UNIQUE TO YOGA AS TAUGHT IN THE TRADITION OF KRISHNAMACHARYA:
- The entire range of Yoga's tools are utilized in a practical and experiential manner.
- In individual settings, personalized Yoga programs are evolved for therapy or general needs.
- Group classes are taught with a specific focus that provides individual attention and care.
- Yoga Therapy utilizes an integrative approach that is complementary to others healing modalities.
- The Yoga Teachers and Yoga Therapists are constantly growing and learning through mentoring, personal practice and continuing education programs.
Some of the tools used in this tradition include (but are not limited to): postures (Asana), breath regulation (Pranayama), lifestyle suggestions (Vihara-niyama), chanting (Mantra), visualizations / affirmations (Bhavana), gestures (Mudra), and guided self-inquiry (Svadhyaya).
Among the most important elements in our Yoga tradition are the relationship between teacher and student.
Knowledge can only be passed on to a qualified follower (Adhikarin), i.e. someone who is capable of understanding the depth of the teachings and who merits it. There are qualities required of a student: courage, enthusiasm, patience, perseverance, regularity, faith and belief in the teachings, respect for the tradition, seeking out the truth and keeping ‘good company’.
Humility, in this way, is an indispensable quality of a good Yoga teacher, and one that should be applied to the study, application, and transmission of teachings.