Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings

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Here is a personal tribute to “the father of modern yoga” Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888–1989), written by one of his longtime disciples. Krishnamacharya was a renowned Indian yoga master, Ayurvedic healer, and scholar who modernized yoga practice and whose students—including B. K. S. Iyengar, K. Pattabhi Jois, T. K. V. Desikachar, and Indra Devi—dramatically popularized yoga in the West.

In this book, the author, A. G. Mohan, a well-respected yoga teacher and yoga ...

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Overview

Here is a personal tribute to “the father of modern yoga” Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888–1989), written by one of his longtime disciples. Krishnamacharya was a renowned Indian yoga master, Ayurvedic healer, and scholar who modernized yoga practice and whose students—including B. K. S. Iyengar, K. Pattabhi Jois, T. K. V. Desikachar, and Indra Devi—dramatically popularized yoga in the West.

In this book, the author, A. G. Mohan, a well-respected yoga teacher and yoga therapist, draws on his own memories and Krishnamacharya’s diaries and recorded material, to present a fascinating view of the man and his teachings, and Mohan's own warm and inspiring relationship with the master. This portrait of the great teacher will be a compelling and informative read for yoga teachers and students who truly want to understand the source of their tradition and practice.

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“Preserving and passing on the teachings and traditions of his teacher, T. Krishnamacharya, was my grandfather’s life work. This book explains the legacy, and gives a better understanding into the life and work of a great master.”—Sharath Rangaswamy, grandson of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Krishnamacharya is absolutely delightful. It gives us an intimate window into the devotion, intensity, and clarity of the true source of modern yoga, Sri Krishnamacharya. A. G. Mohan gives us urgently needed lessons on the inner subtlety and depth of yoga.”—Richard Freeman, author of The Mirror of Yoga

"A. G. Mohan's book about the life and teachings of Krishnamacharya is an important link in the chain of yogic knowledge, handed down from past to present via teacher to student. We gain double benefit with Mohan's book. We not only benefit from greater insight into the teachings of Krishnamacharya but we also experience the wisdom of A. G. Mohan as well."—David Swenson, author of Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual

“Very few students actually stayed with Krishnamacharya to study and carefully practice what he was offering; A. G. Mohan is one who did. Read this book because it is a fascinating window into a deeply personal relationship in the age old practice of yoga transmission and learning.”—Mark Whitwell, author of Yoga of Heart

"This book is a great addition to the growing number of books documenting the history of modern yoga, and is a must read for the serious yoga practitioner.”—YogaBasics.com 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590308004
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/13/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 407,055
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

A. G. Mohan studied with Sri T. Krishnamacharya for eighteen years until the master’s death in 1989. He is the author of numerous books. He lives in Chennai, India, with his wife, Indra, and son, Ganesh. The Mohans also teach workshops in the United States, India, and Europe.
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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Author's Introduction ix

1 Overview of the Life of Krishnamacharya 1

2 Meeting the Master and Early Studies (1971-1973) 11

3 Asana 21

4 Convincing Commitment (1973-1978) 49

5 Pranayama, Kriyas, Yoga Therapy 55

6 Growing Closer (1978-1984) 75

7 The Mind: Yamas, Niyamas, Meditation, and Related Practices 85

8 Last Years (1984-1989) 117

9 Works of Krishnamacharya 127

Appendix I Excerpt from the Yoga Makaranda and Summary of the Yoga Rahasya 139

Appendix II Warrior Vinyasa 153

About the Authors 157

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