Nathamuni’s Yoga Rahasya is quite likely to be a combination of…….


“My father never acknowledged that he discovered anything
even when I have seen that it was he who discovered.
He has discovered postures but he would say
that it was his teacher who taught him.
Rarely has he said that it was his “original” work.
At the same time, I have seen him – because I am his son also –
composing some verses and correcting those verses for
the Chandas (Metre) and all that and finally saying –
this is what Nathamuni is saying and this is what my teacher says!
I tend to think that the Nathamuni’s Yoga Rahasya that he taught us
is quite likely to be a combination of his own commentary
and the lessons he received though he would not accept it.”
– ‘The Study of Yoga Rahasya‘ – Extract from an Interview with TKV Desikachar in KYM Darśanam, a publication from Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram vol 1 no 1 Feb 1991.

One thought on “Nathamuni’s Yoga Rahasya is quite likely to be a combination of…….

  1. This significant observation will be a prelude to a longer post around Desikachar’s insight into the process inherent in Krishnamacharya’s teaching source attributions.
    I personally studied the Yoga Rahasya verse by verse with Desikachar even before there was a published book version of this collation of Krishnamacharya’s teachings.
    Meanwhile it offers a fascinating insight into the breadth, depth and background to his many decades of teachings around Yoga.

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