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The Heart of Yoga - Developing a Personal Practice
The Heart of Yoga - Developing a Personal Practice

The Heart of Yoga - Developing a Personal Practice

by T K V Desikachar

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English

Publisher

Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram

ISBN

9780892816811 - Year: 2014 - Pages: 244

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Paperback

T K V Desikachar
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Author: T K V Desikachar
Publisher: Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram
Year: 2014
Language: English
Pages: 244
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780892816811

Description

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 BKS Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, and Indra Devi, who studied with Krishnamacharya in their early years. Krishnamacharya’s son T KV 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, TKV 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-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 he 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 the 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 kaivalya-freedom. Accompanying the text are more than ninety photos-many never before published-of Krishnamacharya and his family and students that provide an extraordinary glimpse into authentic yoga practice.

In addition to years of yoga training from his father, TKV Desikachar holds a degree in structural engineering. Since the 1960s he has devoted himself to yoga instruction for people from all walks of life and with all kinds of abilities; among his students was the renowned philosopher J Krishnamurti. Desikacher continued to live and study with his father until Krishnamacharya’s death in 1989. One 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.

REVIEWS

This book is an invaluable source of information regarding the theory and practice of yoga. It is a must for students and teachers alike.
-Indra Devi, author of Yoga for You

Desikachar, has great respect for the subject he is teaching and for the person to whom he is conveying his knowledge. He, very gently leads you to the door that eventually, unexpectedly, may open to let you in.
-From the foreword by Vanda Scaravelli, author of Awakening the Spine

Contents

A BLESSING
>From Indra Devi

Foreword
BY VANDA SCARAVELLI

Introduction
BY MARK WHITWELL

PART I

THE PRACTICE OF YOGA
Yoga: Concept and Meaning
The Foundations of Yoga Practice
The Principles of Asana Practice
The Careful Construction of a Yoga Practice
Asana Variations
Pranayama
The Bandhas

PART II

THE UNDERSTANDING OF YOGA
The Things That Darken the Heart
Actions Leave Traces
The World Exists to Be Seen and Discovered
Living in the World
The World Exists to Be Seen and Discovered
Living in the World
The World Exists to Set Us Free
The Qualities of the Mind
Nine Obstacles on the Yoga Way
The Many Paths of Yoga

PART III
THE YOGA SUTRA OF PATANJALI

PART IV
A LIFE OF YOGA
The Life and Yoga of Sri T Krishnamacharya

APPENDIX 1
The Texts Mentioned in This Book

APPENDIX 2
Four General Practice Sequences

GLOSSARY

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