Āsana demonstration from Yogāsanagalu by T Krishnamacharya

A selection of Āsana from the book Yogāsanagalu by written by T Krishnamacharya in 1941. The third edition, published in 1972, contained Āsana demonstration pictures of Krishnamacharya then aged 84. Featured in this post are further examples of Seated Āsana, click to enlarge image or view as a slide show:

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The arms are the pump handles for the flow of the breath.

The arms are the pump handles for the flow of the breath.

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.

Āsana demonstration from Yogāsanagalu by T Krishnamacharya

A selection of Āsana from the book Yogāsanagalu by written by T Krishnamacharya in 1941.
The third edition, published in 1972, contained Āsana demonstration pictures of Krishnamacharya then aged 84.
Featured in this post are examples of Seated Āsana, click to enlarge image or view as a slide show:

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Simple Yoga Practice from Yoga For Every Body by Paul Harvey

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Came across this simple beginners practice plan from the book ‘Yoga For Every Body’, published in 2002.
Although well out of print used copies can be had from Amazon in the US or UK at budget prices.
2014 will also see chapters from the book published as support articles for Practitioners.
Download Practice as a PDF.

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The less the depth of Saṃkalpa, the less the depth of what follows.

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Saṃkalpa is a serious intention between and both from teacher and student.
The less the depth of Saṃkalpa, the less the depth of what follows.
Once this is there what is required is Saṃskāra.
Saṃskāra is to remove the obstacles.
In a way it is Viyoga, so that certain things that get in the way are put aside.
Saṃskāra is like cleaning a vessel before you cook.
Saṃyoga is where something begins to happen.
The accumulation of what begins to happen between teacher and student is Saṃyoga.
Proportionate to the quality of the three, the output will be different”
TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

Cikitsa Krama is to replenish depleted Ojas.

Cikitsa Krama is to replenish depleted Ojas.
Rakṣaṇa Krama is to nurture replenished Ojas.
Śikṣaṇa Krama is to garner nurtured Ojas.

Cikitsa Krama is to gather dissipated Agni.

Cikitsa Krama is to gather dissipated Agni.
Rakṣaṇa Krama is to conserve gathered Agni.
Śikṣaṇa Krama is to intensify conserved Agni.

Cikitsa Krama is to gather dissipated Prāṇa……

Cikitsa Krama is to gather dissipated Prāṇa.
Rakṣaṇa Krama is to conserve gathered Prāṇa.
Śikṣaṇa Krama is to intensify conserved Prāṇa.

The more they (the student) like you, the more they become attached.

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“The more they (the student) like you,
the more they become attached.”
– TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

If you feel the strength, you’ll find the way.

TKV Desikachar teaching at Gaunts House

“If you feel the strength,
you’ll find the way.”
TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

Is there confusion in Āsana from seeing effects on the body……

maha_mudraIs there confusion in Āsana from seeing effects on the body as if on the spine,
thus too much focus on the body and not enough on the spine?

One of the major tools in bringing or refining the level of observation……

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One of the major tools in bringing or refining the level of observation to the subtler aspects of our body, emotions and mental patterns is Prāṇāyāma.

Amongst the many Antarāya that relegate Prāṇāyāma to the wish……

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Amongst the many Antarāya that relegate Prāṇāyāma to the wish list
is the use of long relaxation as a substitute ending to Āsana practice.

The viniyoga of Yoga perspective is that Śavāsana is a recovery……

savasanaThe viniyoga of Yoga perspective is that the role of Śavāsana
is its use as a recovery from the fatigue of the Āsana,
not its use as a recovery from the fatigue of life.

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