Welcome to the Dharma Downloads collected resources aspect of the cYs website.
The primary role for Dharma Downloads is to offer accessible, free resources as an open-source, multi-approach facility for the many facets of Yoga Study, Practice and Research.
The secondary aim of Dharma Downloads is to honour the commitment to the transmission of teachings of Śrī T Krishnamacharya as received from his students, especially his longest serving students TKV Desikachar, S Ramaswami and AG Mohan.
“If you have learned something really well,
then the way you express it will not
be the same way you learned it.”
– T Krishnamacharya
The appreciation of how much Śrī T Krishnamacharya, his students and their students have contributed to Yoga is reflected in the study and teaching of all those who have had the opportunity to work with his students or any of their students.
Common to all though is Yoga as a Dharma.
TKV Desikachar once described Dharma as having three aspects:
“Dharma is that which supports you,
Dharma is that which stops you from falling,
Dharma is that which picks you up after you have fallen.”
It is with this feeling for Dharma that these resources are offered as a support in the spirit of community rather than competition. This can be either as a complement to existing work with a teacher or, accepting that this is not always possible, as another route meanwhile. As Desikachar expressed it in a talk given in May 2002 on the theme:
‘The Ocean of Yoga – From the Parts to the Whole’:
“The current world of Yoga seems to be made up of many small parts,
each one competing with and often confusing the other.
This is not consistent with the spirit of Yoga,
whose very meaning is ‘to unite’.”
Dharma Downloads reflects this view and how we, as a Global Yoga Community, can link in both Spirit and Action inside and outside of our own Yoga surroundings.