The appreciation of how much the eminent Śrī T Krishnamacharya, his students and their students have contributed to Yoga in the West is reflected in the practice, study and teaching of all those who have had the opportunity to work with his students or any of their students.
The aim of Dharma Downloads is primarily to honour this commitment and dedication to the continuing interest in the teachings of Śrī T Krishnamacharya as received from his students, especially his longest serving students TKV Desikachar, S Ramaswami and AG Mohan, and their students.
“If you have learned something really well,
then the way you express it will not be the same way you learned it.”
– T Krishnamacharya
The secondary role for Dharma Downloads is to offer easily accessible, freely available resources as an open-source, multi-approach facility for the many facets of Yoga Study, Practice and Research. This can be either as a complement to existing work with a teacher or, accepting that this is not always possible, as another route meanwhile.
TKV Desikachar once described Dharma as having three aspects:
“Dharma is that which supports you,
Dharma is that which stops you from falling,
Dharma is that which picks you up after you have fallen.”
It is with this feeling for Dharma that these resources are offered as a support in the spirit of community rather than competition. As TKV Desikachar expressed it in a talk given in May 2002 around the theme ‘The Ocean of Yoga – From the Parts to the Whole’:
“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’.”
Dharma Downloads hopefully reflects this view and wish for how we can all, as if a global Yoga Community, link in both Spirit and Action inside and outside of each of our immediate Yoga families.