The Yoga of the Yogi: The Legacy of T. Krishnamacharya

The Yoga of the Yogi: The Legacy of T. Krishnamacharya

Kausthub Desikachar

Language: English

Pages: 240

ISBN: 0865477531

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This deeply personal biographical tribute by Krishnamacharya's grandson includes photographs, archival materials, and family recollections that have never been published elsewhere, as well as unique insights into the "master of masters" by some of his most famous students–Indra Devi, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, B.K.S. Iyengar, and T.K.V. Desikachar. First published in 2005 by the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, The Yoga of the Yogi is at last available in a portable paperback format.















anticipation with the other children for him to hand me the sweet made out of almond and sugar. The children’s srsti krama–focused classes were very different from the practices he offered pregnant women. With a pregnant woman, Krishnamacharya was very careful and attentive, and he would communicate in a manner that increased the woman’s self-confidence. He often taught expectant mothers special chants considered helpful during pregnancy, and he always explained the meaning of these chants to

Krishnamacharya, with respect and reverence, who happens to be my brother-in-law, my elder sister Namagiri’s husband. Let me also invoke Lord Patanjali through prayers before I say something of my guruji, with all the humility at my command. Firstly, it is very embarrassing and difficult to speak of my guru[ji], who was a great man, a close relative, a versatile personality and at the same time a very hard taskmaster. It was no doubt a Herculean task to approach him. Secondly, my reverence for

practice. Do you think I cannot carry that myself?” Then he proceeded to carry that bucket full of water himself. At that time he must have been at least ninety-four years old. By that time, I must say that I was totally taken up with (and in complete awe of) this man. Whenever we began a practice session, it would always be with a prayer to Narayana, a prayer that forms a part of my life to this day. It was only after two years that I even picked up the courage to have a conversation with him.

from him. The feeling of wanting to take care of you was so intensely felt in his presence. Many people speak about his accomplishments, and his great sense of discipline, but somehow I feel that he was more than all that. He was more than just a human being. Often, we need somebody to emulate and the presence of such a person can make all the difference in one’s life. To me, he was and is everything. What I learnt during my growing up with him was to just do my duty without expecting anything in

evening, towards the end of the teachers’ class, Desikachar told us that he had received two visitors from the Hindu Mission Hospital. This hospital was a charitable institution. It had amongst its consultants some of the top medical specialists from the city of Madras. They requested Desikachar to depute a yoga teacher from the KYM to teach yoga to the patients at the hospital. Desikachar posed the question at the teachers’ meeting and added that the hospital authorities had wanted the yoga

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