Having just had the pleasure of spending a number of days within a 121 Yoga Immersion Intensive in my home studio, as if in retreat in the country, with a student from the USA, I am reminded of the way that Desikachar and I worked together during my numerous study visits to India.
We would meet at least twice daily morning and afternoon, for a number of hours lessons working with topics that included discussing Philosophy, Psychology, exploring Kriyā, Āsana, Prāṇāyāma, Mudrā and Dhyānam practice and studying practice theory in terms of concepts such as Sūrya, Candra, Agni, Prāṇa and Apāna, along with time out together to eat and walk.
However for the last ten plus years of our relationship the practice that was constant, nourishing and mutually connecting was that of chanting. To spend some two hours of our day together working intensively with chanting practice epitomises the essence of the process inherent within a 121 relationship.
As my teacher once said:
“To share Chanting is to share an experience of silence through listening, a process of healing,
and a link with nature, the deeper self and the divine.”
– TKV Desikachar
I thank the teacher, the student, the teachings, the Sādhana and the lifelong 121 priority of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar, that combine to lead us towards an environment where we can work so intensively and extensively together.