Krishnamacharya and Desikachar and Yoga as a One to One Process

The Art of Yoga as a Individualised Process was a fundamental hallmark of Śrī T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar’s teaching, namely transmission occurs through the personal involvement of the teacher with the student’s individual experience of Yoga practice and study through 121 Lessons.

Teaching students through individual lessons within a private context remained at the heart of Krishnamacharya’s and Desikachar’s priorities throughout their lives. To this day it still remains the vital element in appreciating what they actualised in terms of a systematic development, personalised according to the students progressive experience of Yoga practice and study.

Thus according to T Krishnamacharya Yoga for adults needed to be taught within a 121 collaborative relationship between teacher and student, as one might work with an Osteopath, or Medical Herbalist, or Homeopath, or Physiotherapist, or Psychotherapist, or Acupuncturist, or even a Personal Coach.

Care has been taken to preserve the spirit of this transmission which emphasises:

  • The Adaptation of personal practice, to our starting point and potentials, in the fields of
    Āsana or general postures, Mudrā or special postures, Prāṇāyāma or seated breathing,
    Dhyānam or seated meditation and Adhyayanam or chanting and sound practice.
  • The Integration of Yoga Āsana with slow meditative movement blended with profound breathing, mindful attention and in certain situations chanting processes.
  • The Transition of Yoga Āsana from movement with stillness towards stillness without movement through the refinement of Mudrā, Prāṇāyāma, Dhyānam and Adhyayanam.
  • Our Yoga practice as a personalised process that moves from a short term practice adapted to our outer limitations towards a longer term practice that explores our inner potentials.
  • The individualised and progressively developmental priorities around the importance of the breath as a primary practice tool to influence our emotional, mental, energetic and physical states.
  • The integration of Lifestyle Skill Strategies according to an individuals constitution, living rhythms and dietary patterns to support and optimise health, energy and psychological vitality.
  • The value of an ongoing, personalised and collaborative 121 relationship between the teacher and the teachings and the student and their practice.