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 Study Path Pointers – 1 – Or linking to what we need to understand to help refine……

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Bhagavad Gītā Chapter FourJñāna Yoga or The Yoga of Knowledge

Or linking to what we need to understand to help refine the outcome of our actions.

Link to Series: 108 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
Download this article as a PDF

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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Online Monier Williams Saṃskṛta-English Dictionary

Prepared and Published by Cologne Digital Saṃskṛta Dictionaries. Choose the SLP1 Input option and use the downloadable PDF Saṃskṛta alphabet guide to help with choosing the appropriate Romanised Saṃskṛta letters.

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.

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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

There are two types of teachers……

‎”There are two types of teachers.
Those who tell you what you want to hear and
those who tell you what you don’t want to hear.”
– TKV Desikachar

Interview with A.G. Mohan

An interview with AG Mohan from the site of Svastha Yoga Germany.
It is available online or as a downloadable PDF.

Yoga Makaranda – First Part

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Yoga Makaranda

– A Book on  Āsana Practice written by T Krishnamacharya in 1934.

Translated in 2006 from the 1938 Tamil Edition by Lakshmi and Nandini Ranganathan.
Offered as a freely distributable download.
Download the translation as an Open Source PDF

Āyurveda & Yoga – The Triguṇa The Tridoṣa & The Human System – Part 4 of 12

ĀYURVEDA & YOGA

This article explores the relationship between the three principles or Tridoṣa, with the three qualities or Guṇa, and how Āyurveda views their qualities and modes of expression in the functions of the body.

One of the threads that links Āyurveda and Yoga with the Vedic schools of thought and non-Vedic schools such as Buddhism, is that everything is subject to change.

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Āyurveda & Yoga – The Pañca Bhūta The Das Indriya & The Tridoṣa – Part 3 of 12

ĀYURVEDA & YOGA

“Now is Āyurveda explained:
the expression of the five elements,
and the three principles most fundamental to life.”

So far in this series we have presented some ideas on the place of Yoga within Indian thought, with comments on the problems in distinguishing the different threads in the tapestry that holds together the cultural, religious and philosophical ideals of India.

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Āyurveda & Yoga – A Common Philosophical Background in Sāṃkhya – Part 2 of 12

ĀYURVEDA & YOGA

A Series of articles exploring Yoga and Āyurveda. This one looks at the philosophical structure within Sāṃkhya upon which the principles supporting the ancient Indian system of medicine are based.

The previous article on Āyurveda and Yoga began with a brief introduction to Indian thought and its links with Yoga. It is sometimes difficult, living within our western culture, to recognise what is Yoga and what is not Yoga.

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