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The Heart of Yoga: Developing A Personal Practice

T.K.V. Desikachar (Author)

Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who lived to be over 100 years old, was one of the greatest yogis of the modern era. Elements of Krishnamacharya's teaching have become well known around the world through the work of B. K. S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, and Indra Devi, who all studied with Krishnamacharya in their early years. Krishnamacharya's son T. K. V. Desikachar lived and studied with his father all his life and now teaches the full spectrum of Krishnamacharya's yoga. Desikachar has based his method on Krishnamacharya's fundamental principle: the practices must be continually adapted to the individual's changing needs in order to achieve the maximum therapeutic value. This is viniyoga=yoga adapted to the needs of the individual.

In The Heart of Yoga T. K. V. Desikachar offers a distillation of his father's system as well as the essence of his own practical approach, which he describes as "basically a program for the spine at every level-s-physical, mental, and spiritual." This is the first yoga text that outlines a step-by-step sequence for developing a complete practice according to the age-old principles of yoga. Desikachar discusses all the elements of yoga-poses and counterposes, conscious breathing, meditation. and philosophy-and shows how the yoga student may develop a practice tailored to his or her current state of health age, occupation and lifestyle.

Krishnamacharya based his teachings on a number of scriptural sources. but he placed the highest value on Patanjali's Yoga Sutra. Part three of The Heart of Yoga includes the complete text of the Sutra-including the Sanskrit-with a translation and commentary by Desikachar that includes insights and tradition passed to him by his father. Combining a clear logical presentation of practical yoga techniques with a profound exposition of the roots of yoga philosophy, this book is sure to be a milestone in the transmission of yoga from the ancient masters to the modern world the path to what Patanjali called kairalya- freedom. Accompanying the text are more than ninety photos-many never before published-of Krishnamacharva and his family and students that provide an extraordinary glimpse into authentic yoga practice.

I n addition to years of yoga training from his father. T.KV. Desikachar holds a degree in structural engineering. Since the 1960s he has devoted himself to yoga instruction for people of from all walks of life and with all kinds abilities: among his students was the renowned philosopher J. Krishnamurti. Desikachar continued to live and study with his father until Krishnamacharya's death in 1959. Once of the world's foremost teachers of yoga. Desikachar currently teaches at the school founded in his father's memory in Madras as well as in Europe the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Heart of Yoga: Developing A Personal Practice
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.1995
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780892816811
length 272p., Throughout Black and White Illustrations; 10.0 Inch x 8.0 Inch.