Master of the Mat – Interview with TKV Desikachar

“It was a time when yoga was not popular and such a decision from a young engineer with a secure job was extremely unusual.’’ – Interview with TKV Desikachar published by India Perspectives – July-August 2011.

108 Study Path Pointers – 2 – Duḥkha is the starting point for the……

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Duḥkha is the starting point for the
Yoga journey of four junctures from:
the symptom, as in Duḥkha or suffering,
to the cause, as in Avidyā or illusion,
to the goal, as in Kaivalya or independence;
via the tools, as in Aṣṭāṅga or 8 limbed path,
for the means, as in Viveka or discernment.
This ancient fourfold process is at the heart of
the teachings in Yoga, Āyurveda & Buddhism.

Link to Series: 108 Study Path Pointers

Haṭha Yoga is Prāṇāyāma.

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Haṭha Yoga is Prāṇāyāma.”
– Śrī T Krishnamacharya

Teach what is inside you……

“Teach what is inside you.
Not as it applies to you, to yourself,
but as it applies to the other.”
– Śrī T Krishnamacharya

Laghu Nyāsa – Agnir Me Prayer for Health with Translation

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This mantra is asking for health and long life to link body, senses, energy, mind and awareness.

Learning Support for Chanting the Laghu Nyāsa – Agnir Me
– From the Taittirīya Brāhmaṇa 3.10.8
From my personal library of recordings from my studies with my teacher TKV Desikachar.
View or download this post as a PDF with chanting notations without translation.
To Download or Listen to a recording by TKV Desikachar
To Download the Chant Sheet as a PDF with Romanised Saṃskṛta, Chant Notations and English Translation

Yogena Yogo – Opening Yoga Prayer for Yoga Practice with Translation

CHANT IN PRAISE OF YOGA

Chant from Vyāsa’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 6.

yogena yogo jñātavyo
yogo yogāt pravartate  |

yo’pramattastu yogena
sa yoge ramate ciram  | |

“Only through Yoga Yoga is known,
Only through Yoga Yoga arises.

One who is diligent with Yoga,
Enjoys Yoga for a long time.”

 View or download this post as a PDF with chant notations.

View or Download the Prārthanā Ślokam (Request Prayer) – Dhyānaṃ Ślokam relative to Patañjali.

Way to Liberation: Moksha Marga

A new book titled ‘Way to Liberation: Moksha Marga’ by T.K. Sribhashyam and Alamelu Sheshadri, a brother and sister of TKV Desikachar, has been published by D.K.Printworld. The publishers link has a full outline of its content.

Āyurveda & Yoga – Dhātu & Mala, Body Tissues and Means of Elimination – Part 8 of 12

ĀYURVEDA & YOGA

Previous articles have presented some ideas of Prāṇa so we can now move towards presenting a more complete picture of how Āyurveda sees the human body. This article looks at how Ayurveda sees the types of bodily tissues and waste products as vital to the effective construction and working of the body.

YOGA AND INDIAN THOUGHT

Yoga is a word that has, within Indian thought, many meanings. To define the word Yoga is very difficult as the word is so adaptable.

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Yoga – To Link to myself. Hinduism – To Link to God.

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Yoga – To Link to myself.
Hinduism – To Link to God.”
– TKV Desikachar introducing the Taittirīya Upaniṣad 2001

Rāmānuja, Yāmunācarya, Krishnamacharya and Viśiṣṭādvaita

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Rāmānuja, was a disciple of Śrī Yāmunācarya. Śrī Yāmunācarya, composer of texts such as the Gītārtha Saṃgraha, Siddhi Traya and Stotra Ratna, was the grandson of the 9th century sage Śrī Nāthamuni and a forebear of T Krishnamacharya.

Krishnamacharya’s personal devotional philosophy and practices were grounded in the teachings that arose from these great sages and evolved into what became known as Viśiṣṭādvaita or qualified non-dualism (One of the three primary schools of Vedānta).

“Rāmānuja agrees with the Advaitin that the scripture
teaches the non-twoness (Advaita) of reality.
But, he denies the Advaitan’s conclusion
that this oneness is attributeless,
pure being or consciousness and that plurality
with regard to soul and material world is falsely
imposed on this one Being due to ignorance.”
Rāmānuja on the Yoga – Dr. Robert C Lester 1976.

Unfortunately, many people are not able to differentiate between……

TKV Desikachar teaching at Gaunts House

Unfortunately, many people are not able to differentiate between Yoga and Hinduism.
This is the biggest blunder I have seen in many institutions.”
Excerpt from an interview with TKV Desikachar by Fit Yoga Magazine April 2008

108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 1 – Cit Mudrā – A means to appreciate the subtlety of Yoga Sūtra C2 v46……

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Mudrā Pointer 1 – Appreciating the subtlety of Yoga Sūtra C2 v46……

Cit Mudrā
A means to appreciate the subtlety of Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 46
the integration of the qualities of steady attentiveness and spacious clarity.

Link to Series: 108 Mudrā Practice Pointers

T Krishnamacharya, a Yogi par-excellence……

Quote by TKV Desikachar in Omega Institute, New York in May 2002

“T Krishnamacharya, a Yogi par-excellence, immersed in the ocean of ancient Indian wisdom, understood the wealth of teachings that Yoga had to offer and showed how each practitioner can choose the right means for his or her own development.”
– From a Seminar at Omega around the theme “The Ocean of Yoga – From the Parts to the Whole.”

Mahānārāyaṇa Upaniṣad – Ṛtaṃ Tapas as Mantra Practice with translation

Mantra on tapāṣtāṅga or the eight limbs of tapas.

– Tapas is an activity of mind, body or speech which demands a keen concentration of thought or requiring unusual and continuous physical effort.
View or download this Mantra complete with Chant notations as a PDF
View or download other Mantra from this Upaniṣad complete with Chant notations as PDF files

108 Yoga Study Path Pointers – 1 – What is important is the refinement of one’s practice repertoire……

What is important is the refinement of one’s
practice and study repertoire, rather than
just the enlargement of one’s repertoire,
whether it’s more Āsana, Chants or Texts.
Plus, the more time you spend on enlarging,
the less time you have to spend on refining.

Link to Series: 108 Yoga Study Path Pointers

Āyurveda & Yoga – Prāṇa and its links within Āyurveda – Part 7 of 12

ĀYURVEDA & YOGA

This article intended to introduce Prāṇa, its origin, function and malfunction. However, Prāṇa is such an important part of Yoga and Āyurveda that I have concentrated on presenting some basic ideas on its relationship to the individual, to Yoga and to the understanding of life known as Āyurveda.

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A Yogi is never surprised.

Quoted to me by TKV Desikachar from his father T Krishnamacharya

“A Yogi is never surprised.”

How to Observe an Āsana Session – by Margaret Pierce

By Margaret Pierce Co-Founder of the Pierce Yoga Programme in Atlanta, Georgia
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The dancer glides gracefully to her accustomed spot and sighs as she lies down. It is 5.50pm, ten minutes before class. One woman sits knitting intently. Another sits serenely in Ardha Padmāsana. Another, face alit, places a rose on my table, while the tense weight-lifter eagerly describes his latest injury.

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T Krishnamacharya – Downloadable Film from 1938

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Tirumalai Krishnamacharya was 50 when the film was made in 1938. He is now seen as one of the the most influential teachers in establishing what Yoga is identified as in today’s society. His students included Pattabhi Jois, BKS Iyengar, Indra Devi, and his son TKV Desikachar.

Prārthanā Ślokam – Śuklām Opening Verse with Translation

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This prayer is used most often as an opening verse or Prārthanā Ślokam – Request Verse.

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Āyurveda & Yoga – Prāṇa & The Five Aspects of Each of the Tridoṣa – Part 6 of 12

ĀYURVEDA & YOGA


This article introduces the concept of Prāṇa and its place in Āyurveda within the three principles or Tridoṣa.

YOGA AND INDIAN THOUGHT

Generally the purpose of Yoga is to bring about a change within the prominence of awareness and its subsequent impact on the attitude and function of the individual.

Whether this change is a yoking of opposites or an unyoking of two aspects, seemingly inseparable, time and a process are involved. Also this notion of change may be initiated within an individual’s physical body or emotional responses and mental attitude.

However, within Indian thought there is a concept that is common to the different philosophies and to the different aspects of the individual. This concept is the presence and action of Prāṇa.

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Prārthanā Ślokam – Vedic Chanting Full Opening Prayers with Svaraḥ

Download the Full Opening Prayers for Vedic Chanting
as taught to me by TKV Desikachar
with chanting notations (svaraḥ).

Yoga Sūtra – Full Opening Prayers with Svaraḥ

Download the Full Opening Prayers for Patañjali
as taught to me by TKV Desikachar
with chanting notations (svaraḥ).

Āyurveda & Yoga – The Tridoṣa The Human Constitution & The Ageing Process – Part 5 of 12

ĀYURVEDA & YOGA

This article explores the balance of the Three Principles in the individual and their effect on the processes of change and age.

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 1 – Tradition is honouring the function……

Tradition is honouring the function.
Innovation is adapting the form.
Good not to get the two confused
or even worse – the wrong way round.

Link to Series: 108 Teaching Path Pointers