Past Memories, Present Moments

This five day gathering, convened in June 1993 with a worldwide gathering of personal students of TKV Desikachar, was a personal exploration, facilitated by Desikachar around the theme: ‘Meditation – Some Concerns’. It still arouses fond memories of our time together even if juxtaposed by my travelling afterwards to New York City with Desikachar teaching at a full on Yoga Journal Convention with over 2000 attendees and many of the Yogalebrities of the day.

This group picture was taken outside of Mary Louise Skeltonn’s newly completed Gurukulam in Hamilton, Upstate New York. Mary Louise was originally a student of T Krishnamacharya in 1969 and then TKV Desikachar from 1974 and was one of the main players in the rooting of Desikachars work in the West through her part in the setting up of a one month seminar in Colgate University in 1976 under the theme ‘Religiousness in Yoga’.

The transcript of this course was published in 1980 as ‘Religiousness in Yoga: Lectures on Theory and Practice’ by the University Press of America. Currently available through Amazon US or Amazon UK it remains, still for me to this day in all but appearance, as one of the finest modern expositions on Yoga. Again, for me, still superior to the re-edited version, although many photographs added within a ‘user friendly’ presentation and textual cut down. Personally described to me by Desikachar as ‘old wine in new bottles’ it was published under the title ‘The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice’ by Inner Traditions.

A bow of gratitude is offered for Mary Lou’s part in the dissemination of the seeds of Krishnamacharya’s teaching through the work of his son in the West.

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