AG Mohan on Krishnamacharya’s Vaiṣṇavite commentary on the Yoga Sūtra.

Yogavallī, T Krishnamacharya’s commentary on the Yoga Sūtra, looking at the text from his personal Vaiṣṇavite viewpoint of Viśiṣṭādvaita or qualified non-dualism (One of the three primary schools of Vedānta).

On Yoga and Health in the KYM with TKV Desikachar

Whilst living in Chennai through 1980 I recorded a video of an Indian TV programme about the work of the KYM in the field of Yoga and Health. Recently I had the video cassette digitalised and shared it as an online downloadable with students.

From here it has made its way onto YouTube and open source viewing.

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Said by AG Mohan to be Yoga Makaranda Part 2 by Sri T Krishnamacharya

AG Mohan on Krishnamacharya’s approach to Śīrṣāsana.
Said by AG Mohan to be from Yoga Makaranda Part 2
Also downloadable as a PDF

Also a downloadable PDF based on the Yoga Makaranda on Āsana practice,
especially variations around Śīrṣāsana (described here as Viparīta Karaṇī Mudrā)

Huge variety of Krishnamacharya`s teachings

Huge variety of Krishnamacharya`s teachings

Srivatsa Ramaswami (born 1939 in Madras, Tamil Nadu, India) was a student of Shri T Krishnamacharya and studied under him for 33 years, from 1955 until 1988 shortly before Krishnamacharya’s passing.
He is Krishnamacharya’s longest-standing student outside of Krishnamacharya’s immediate family.
Нe currently lives and teaches in the U.S.

– Interview with Srivatsa Ramaswami by Yuri Sharonin of Wild Yogi

A Yoga Practice given to TKV Desikachar when 25 years old……

A Yoga Practice given to TKV Desikachar when 25 years old by his father T Krishnamacharya.

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This picture shows BKS Iyengar demonstrating Āsana at an event……

This picture shows BKS Iyengar demonstrating Āsana at an event in Chennai in June 1980 where he was invited to give a Yoga lecture and Āsana demonstration in a tribute to his Guru T Krishnamacharya. I remember he introduced his presentation with the words “I am an artist and I am going to show you my art”.

TKV and Menaka Desikachar’s children circa 1980……

TKV and Menaka Desikachar’s children circa 1980 all now parents themselves with a son for Bushan (b1970), a daughter for Kausthub (b1975) and a daughter for Mekhala (b1978).

Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram 1979 in its original home.

Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram 1979 in its original home 3 years after it was founded.

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Krishnamacharya ‘stopping’ ( or at least slowing) his heart……

This is another extract from a post today on Anthony Grim Hall’s
excellent Blog and Resource website

Krishnamacharya ‘stopping’ ( or at least slowing) his heart, medical journal article Presse Medicale-1936

Picture courtesy of KYM Archives

Picture courtesy of KYM Archives

“The article is heavy going in places but if your short of time jump to the results section, skimming through get a feel for the experiments that took place and allow free reign to your imagination.”

Salutations to the Teacher and the Eternal One – T Krishnamacharya

This is an extract from a post today on Anthony Grim Hall’s
excellent Blog and Resource website

Picture courtesy of KYM Archives

Picture courtesy of KYM Archives

“I was passed this document recently called Salutations to the Teacher and the Eternal One purportedly by T. Krishnamacharya. I received it from two sources. one asked me to only share it with somebody who asked directly and I’ve respected that. I’ve since received the text from another source with no conditions attached and so have decided to share it.”

For more info on the background and download link

Do you think that a Yoga teacher in the West should go through some……


Question : Do you think that a Yoga teacher in the West should go through some therapy or analysis in order to be aware of the developments in this field and to meet the growing demand for psychological help?

Desikachar : The term “Yoga teacher in the West” seems to suggest that everyone has the same way of teaching. This is not so.

There are those who only give instructions about techniques, like explaining how to use a computer to someone. There is not a lot happening in this teaching situation and the awareness of psychological questions would seem relatively unimportant.

But there is another situation where techniques are not the only element involved. These Yoga teachers are personally concerned by the evolution of their students. They cannot be ignorant, otherwise it would be like the blind leading the blind.

In this second case, and I know many teachers in the West who do this, they look to have as comprehensive a knowledge as possible in many fields, including psychology. The way they go about it is up to them.

Interview with TKV Desikachar May 1999 during seminar on Yoga and the 21st Century.

In 1970, TKV Desikachar asked his father and guru, Shri T. Krishnamacharya……


In 1970, TKV Desikachar asked his father and Guru, Śrī T Krishnamacharya ten fundamental questions about Yoga. The following is an extract of one of the questions in the interview, which took place in the Kanada language.

“5A. Why are there so many different methods to hand down the teachings of a master? What are the reasons for this?
This situation comes from the absence of loyalty to only one master. The traditional method of teaching and of handing down the teaching is the Guru Paramparā. For a disciple, it consists of receiving the instructions of a master day after day, until there is enough knowledge. At the end of an assiduous study with the Teacher, the student progressively becomes a teacher himself and he starts teaching other disciples. This continuity, from teacher to student, in the same tradition, constitutes the Guru Paramparā. The high number of present methods is due to interruptions in the traditional system of handing down the teaching. It can also be due to the weakness of certain teachers.

5B. What are the consequences of these different methods?
The lowering of the average level and the weakening of the knowledge of the students of Yoga.

5C. What solutions can be proposed to mitigate this situation?
Nowadays, there is no solution to this problem.”

Photograph of T Krishnamacharya taken by Paul Brunton……

Photograph of T Krishnamacharya taken by Paul Brunton during his travels in India
whilst staying as a guest of the Maharajah in Mysore, South India.

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Interview with Shubha and Sribhashyam……

Yoga Service in Berlin talks with TK Sribhashyam and Srimathi Shubha Mohan Kumar, the youngest son and youngest daughter of Śrī T Krishnamacharya, about their father, vinyāsa and the essence of Yoga.

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Past Memories, Present Moments

A group picture from 1993 with a worldwide gathering of students of TKV Desikachar at the newly completed Gurukulam of Mary Louise Skelton in Hamilton, Upstate New York. Mary Louise was originally a student of T Krishnamacharya in 1969 and then TKV Desikachar from 1974 and was one of the main players in the rooting of Desikachars work in the West through her part in the setting up of a one month seminar in Colgate University in 1976 under the theme ‘Religiousness in Yoga’.

The transcript of this course was published in 1980 as ‘Religiousness in Yoga: Lectures on Theory and Practice’ by the University Press of America. Currently available through Amazon US or Amazon UK it remains, still for me to this day in all but appearance, as one of the finest modern expositions on Yoga. Again, for me, still superior to the re-edited version, although many photographs added within a ‘user friendly’ presentation and textual cut down. Personally described to me by Desikachar as ‘old wine in new bottles’ it was published under the title ‘The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice’ by Inner Traditions.

A bow of gratitude is offered for Mary Lou’s part in the dissemination of the seeds of Krishnamacharya’s teaching through the work of his son in the West.

The five day gathering in June 1993 was a personal exploration, facilitated by Desikachar around the theme: ‘Meditation – Some Concerns’ and still arouses fond memories of our time together even if juxtaposed by my travelling afterwards to New York City with Desikachar teaching at a full on Yoga Journal Convention with over 2000 attendees and the many Yogalebrities of the day.

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TKV Desikachar interviewed by Leslie Kaminoff in October 1992.

Originally posted to e-Sutra on April 24, 1999. Now available on-line through Leslie Kaminoff’s Teaching Organisation Yoga Anatomy.

Yoga, Knowing the Unknown – Extract from S Ramaswami January 2012 Newsletter


“The mantras especially pranava were chanted, meditated upon and referred to with considerable devotion and respect in the olden days.
Contemporary use of ‘OM’ on tea shirts, vests and other casual wares is sometimes difficult to put up with.”
Extract from S Ramaswami’s January 2012 Newsletter

Master of the Mat – Interview with TKV Desikachar

“It was a time when yoga was not popular and such a decision from a young engineer with a secure job was extremely unusual.’’ – Interview with TKV Desikachar published by India Perspectives – July-August 2011.

Way to Liberation: Moksha Marga

A new book titled ‘Way to Liberation: Moksha Marga’ by T.K. Sribhashyam and Alamelu Sheshadri, a brother and sister of TKV Desikachar, has been published by D.K.Printworld. The publishers link has a full outline of its content.

Anecdotal memories around Śrī T Krishnamacharya

A link to a Newsletter from Yogakshemam, the website of TK Sribashyam the son of TK Krishnamacharya and younger brother of TKV Desikachar. Scrolling down this particular newsletter, the first from January 2000, will reveal interesting anecdotal stories from some of Krishnamacharya’s children, grandchildren, relatives, students and even a recipe for almond milk.

T Krishnamacharya – Collection of Film Clips from 1938


Tirumalai Krishnamacharya was 50 when the film was made in 1938 from which these excerpts were taken. He is now seen as one of the the most influential teachers in establishing what Yoga is identified as in today’s society. His students included Pattabhi Jois, BKS Iyengar, Indra Devi, and his son TKV Desikachar.

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Notes from a Western Student of T Krishnamacharya’s 1970’s Studies

“I learned in Madras, back in the 70s,” he said. “May I ask, from whom?” I inquired, to which he replied, “You probably haven’t heard of him.” I believe I then said, “Try me.” I was soon glad I had persisted; much to my delight, he said he had studied with “a man named Krishnamacharya.”

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Interview with A.G. Mohan

An interview with AG Mohan from the site of Svastha Yoga Germany.
It is available online or as a downloadable PDF.

Yoga Makaranda – First Part


Yoga Makaranda

– A Book on  Āsana Practice written by T Krishnamacharya in 1934.

Translated in 2006 from the 1938 Tamil Edition by Lakshmi and Nandini Ranganathan.
Offered as a freely distributable download.
Download the translation as an Open Source PDF

Yoga Unveiled – A documentary by Gita Desai


Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 6 – “tasya bhūmiṣu viniyogaḥ”.
“It is very sad that the style has become more important than the individual”.
“We should never forget what Patañjali has said –
Teach according to the strength, resources and weakness of the individual”.
TKV Desikachar
Clip excerpt from “Yoga Unveiled”.

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