Introduction to the Yoga Makaranda by TKV Desikachar
Extract from the issue of KYM Darśanam published in November 1993,
it was written by TKV Desikachar as an introduction to a serialisation of the Yoga Makaranda
which ran over 10 issues of the magazine until February 1996.
“I would like to bring to the notice some important aspects of this book to help understand the context in which it was written and to avoid misinterpretation.
1. This was to be the first volume of a series. With the death of the Mahārāja the other volumes were not written. Hence it is an incomplete work on Yoga.
2. Its purpose was to discuss different techniques of Yoga, whether relevant or not. Therefore T Krishnamacharya has explained some of the Kriyā such as Netī and Dhauti which he himself did not recommend.
4. The use of conscious breathing in Āsana practice, a distinct aspect of his teaching, is constantly emphasised throughout the book.
6. The disciplines prescribed reflect the regimen of that period.”