Krishnamacharya: The Father of Modern Yoga

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For lovers of yoga history, this is a great little presentation by A.G. Mohan sharing his thoughts on the legacy and teachings of yoga luminary Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888-1989). “Let the message not be lost…”

Transcript

Krishnamacharya was unique in many ways — as a master of yoga, as a teacher, as an Ayurvedic physician and as a scholar.

In the West, Krishnamacharya is mostly known for his contribution to the revival of the more physically oriented disciplines and practices of hatha yoga.  Therefore, he is often referred to as “the father of modern yoga.”

The notion that Krishnamacharya practiced and taught yoga that was somehow “new” or “modern” is primarily due to the many distortions or misunderstandings about the link between the physical practices of hatha yoga and the meditational practices of raja yoga.   He was the conservator of the ancient teachings of raja yoga.

As a master of yoga and a great scholar, he practiced and linked the physical practices of hatha yoga with the mental states of samadhi described in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.    Let us listen to the great master on what is yoga.

View the rest of the transcript at Krishnamacharya.net.

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Comments

  1. Wow, awesome video – I didn’t know much about Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya but find it fascinating!

  2. Lucas Martel says:

    Good to know that there are still some great teachers like Krishnamacharya Sir, I wonder if I could join his yoga schools to learn the depth of yoga.

  3. Thanks for sharing this video on Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya and getting to know the origin of modern yoga. I have recently started learning yoga and adding it into my workout routine. I just love the calmness it brings to me.

  4. Thanks for sharing this. I didn’t know about Krishnamacharya too so this is something new for me.

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