The Benefits of employing Kumbhaka during Āsana……

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An extract from, and link to a post from Anthony Grim Hall’s extensive Blog site.
http://grimmly2007.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/case-study-benefits-of-employing.html

CASE STUDY:
“The Benefits of employing Kumbhaka (retaining the breath in or out) during Asana.”
– Guest post by Mick Lawton

“For well over a year I’ve wondered why Krishnmachrya’s breath retentions that are mentioned in Yoga Makaranda are not employed by the Ashtanga community.

It seemed odd that Pattahbi Jois did not mention breath retention when he wrote Yoga Mala. (Although, he kind of makes reference to breath retention when writing about Kukkutasana – he tells us to perform Nauli – which can only be effectively performed during rechaka Kumbhaka).
I was troubled by the fact that “this rather significant” part of Krishnamacharya’s method had just fallen by the wayside. How could this be?

It was about this time that I became aware (through Anthony Hall’s extremely informative blog) that Srivatsa Ramaswami also advocated Kumbhaka in certain Asana.
Considering that Srivatsa Ramaswami was a student of Krishnamacharya for over 30 years, I started to think it very odd that these breath retentions were generally being overlooked in other traditions that recognised Krishnamacharya as their primary teacher.

I decided that I would conduct an experiment to see if there were any benefits/disadvantages to employing Kumbhaka during Asana.”

I would add a further personal musing to Mick Lawton’s observations:

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Faith in the Modern World – A talk by TKV Desikachar

FAITH IN THE MODERN WORLD a talk by TKV Desikachar in Nantes, France April 1995

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I am very pleased that the subject of faith in the modern world has attracted so much interest. I would like to develop this idea in the following way. In the Indian tradition, even today, near the beginning of the 21st century, faith is very alive and is even taken for granted. In India, anywhere in India, people still believe in temples and teachers. Further, in our families there is enormous respect for the parents. Even though we are exposed, more than ever, to the West, this faith continues. It is an amazing situation because on the one hand, we have learnt to question many things, and on the other, we continue to live as in the past. Our traditions are alive, our masters respected and revered and our temples, churches and mosques full. It is almost like our country has not changed at all. But this is in India and India is only a small part of this great world.

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T Krishnamacharya Cikitsā Practice excerpt aged 96

A short clip extracted from a video of T Krishnamacharya practising as part of his Yoga Cikitsā or Yoga therapeutics when recovering from a hip fracture from a fall in 1984 when aged 96. Apologies for the quality, the original cassette is a bit flakey.

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T Krishnamacharya and his Yoga – An evolution 1920’s – 1989

TK_teaching_stages_evolutionIn 2000 TKV Desikachar presented teachings around the evolution of T Krishnamacharya’s Yoga teaching.
The above summary is available as a Downloadable PDF.

Yoga Sūtra on Stress – An interview with TKV Desikachar

Sainte_Baume-April_1998_1Yoga Sūtra on Stress
– Interview with TKV Desikachar by AV Balasubramanian and Paul Harvey
Downloadable as a PDF
– Originally published in KYM Darśanam February 1995.

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On Sūtra and Sūtrakara

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Picture courtesy of KYM Archives

Excerpts from an essay by T Krishnamacharya Downloadable as a PDF.
Summarised and translated from the Saṃskṛta essay of T Krishnamacharya composed in January 1981, by TKV Desikachar and Sujaya Sridhar.
Originally published in KYM Darśanam February 1991.

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The current world of Yoga seems to be made up of many small……

TKV Desikachar teaching at Gaunts House

“The current world of Yoga seems to be made up of many small parts,
each one competing with and often confusing the other.
This is not consistent with the spirit of Yoga,
whose very meaning is ‘to unite’.”
– TKV Desikachar May 2002

The Significance of the PĀDUKA……

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Released on the occasion of the Pāduka Pratiṣṭhā of Sri T Krishnamacharya on 15th March 1991 by the KYM.

Download the text as a PDF

A Prāṇāyāma Practice that was passed onto me many decades ago as……

A Prāṇāyāma Practice passed onto me many decades ago as a Pakkā (Pukka) teaching from Pattabhi Jois:

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Yoga and the 21st Century – Interview with TKV Desikachar May 1999

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YOGA AND THE 21st CENTURY

TKV Desikachar was in Narbonne, in the South of France, for a symposium on “Yoga and the XXIst Century” during May 1999. The purpose of the symposium was to consider the role of yoga for the coming century in the three fields of Health, Psychology and Spirituality.

The following interview is an introductory presentation.

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Relationships 
are
 going 
to
 be 
very 
important……

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“Relationships 
are
 going 
to
 be 
very 
important.
This
 means 
that
 a 
teacher 
has 
to 
be 
very
 careful,
because 
the 
moment 
a 
student 
likes 
a teacher,
there
 is 
a 
risk 
that 
the 
teacher 
will
 be 
considered 
as
their 
husband, 
or 
wife, 
or
 father, 
or 
guru, 
or
 whatever.
”
TKV Desikachar France May 1999

Download PDF of Interview with TKV Desikachar on Yoga in 
the
 
fields 
of 
Health,
 Psychology 
and
 Spirituality.

Yoga and modern medicine – Dr Uma Krishnaswamy talks to TKV Desikachar.

Yoga and modern medicine – A Dialogue:
Dr Uma Krishnaswamy talks to TKV Desikachar.
Special issue with the Sunday Magazine from the publishers of THE HINDU Well-being : March 12, 2000

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

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