Krishnamacharya – Yogic Royalty

Krishnamacharya – Yogic Royalty


Krishnamacharya – Yogic Royalty

Our yoga teacher trainees have just come to the quarter way mark in their course. The two-year Teacher Training course is in the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya.

Tirumalai_KrishnamacharyaYou may not know of Krishnamacharya, but chances are your yoga practice, whatever the style, owes much to his influence.

When Krishnamacharya was born in a small Indian village in 1888, yoga and Hindu traditions were experiencing a low point in popularity. Despite this, from an early age Krishnamacharya dedicated himself to learning such traditions as Sanskrit, Vedic philosophy, Science and Indian medicine (Ayurveda), leading to his study of yoga.

Krishnamacharya applied his knowledge of these Indian disciplines to yoga. He was a pioneer in the refining of asana poses and sequencing them to achieve maximum benefit to body and mind. He was also responsible for attributing therapeutic value to the practice of yoga through many tools including asana, pranayama, ourteacher_pix_1chant, mudra and ritual. His teachings followed the ancient Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (amongst other yoga texts) that established the concept of the ‘8 Limbs of Yoga’, a path leading to personal liberation through the ultimate goal of yoga – meditation.

Krishnamacharya’s approach personalized yoga according to the needs and abilities of each student as well as their stage of life. This resulted in the practice of yoga becoming very relevant and applicable to a wide spectrum of students.

Yoga’s popularity in the west is largely thanks to Krishnamacharya and four of his more famous students – Pattabhi Jois, BKS Iyengar, Indra Devi and his own son, TKV Desikachar.

“Whether you practice the dynamic series of Pattabhi Jois, the refined alignments of BKS Iyengar, the classical postures of Indra Devi, or the customized vinyasa of Desikachar, your practice stems from one source: a five-foot, two-inch Brahmin born more than one hundred years ago” – Krishnamacharya’s Legacy, Fernando Pagés Ruiz.

The teacher trainees are studying under Barbara Brian, a student of TKV Desikachar. Barbara is director of Agama Yoga Centre in Melbourne and an established Yoga Trainer and Yoga Therapist. Our very own Jill Harris, a long time student of Barb’s, is assisting the training. Jill currently teaches 6 classes each week at KYO. Other teachers at KYO trained in this tradition are Kris Aspinall and Natasha Dalton.