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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture (June 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0893819417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893819415
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,013,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Health, Healing, and Beyond is a beautifully crafted tribute to the life and teachings of Krishnamacharya, epic in scope yet intimate in nature. Desikachar speaks with quiet wisdom and a profound sense of purpose that keeps our interest continually engaged. He introduces us to the basic texts and concepts of yoga, gives insight into a variety of yogic practices, presents a yogic theory of health and healing, and explores the nature of the student-teacher relationship. Through Desikachar's affectionate humor and sensitive writing, we learn as much from the lives of father and son as from their teachings."--Donald Moyer, Director of The Yoga Room in Berkeley, CA

"My father's teaching first and foremost was based on the truth that each student must be taught according to his or her individual capacity at any given time. And each step is to be experienced for what the Bhagavad-Gita shows it to be: an episode in the greatest of all adventures, the eternal journey of the soul."--T. K. V. Desikachar.

About the Author

T. K. V. Desikachar has devoted his life to yoga instruction for people of all backgrounds and all levels of ability. He currently teaches at the school founded in his father's memory.

R. H. Cravens has worked extensively with Desikachar.

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A structural engineer by training, T. K. V. Desikachar lived and studied with his father until Krishnamacharya's death in 1989. He has devoted his life to yoga instruction for people of all backgrounds and all levels of ability and currently teaches at the school founded in his father's memory in Madras, as well as in Europe, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By BlueJay54 on June 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Unlike "Autobiography of a Yogi," this work is not about magic but about the living tradition of yoga, and of a yogi skilled in all six Ways of Viewing, a wanderer, who journeyed for years on end learning the Vedic teachings, finally settling in south India to live yoga and raise a family. Not quite a biography, this book is a mixture of reminiscences, teachings and photographs of the author's father, Sri Krishnamacharya. One of my favorite stories describes Krishnamacharya's journey to a temple known long ago for its learned teachers. When he arrived by foot, exhausted, the gateskeeper suggested he first nap outside the grounds. Later, inside, he met a great teacher "seated beneath a banyan tree granting knowledge to all his disciples" and promptly memorized all his words upon recitation---only to awaken outside to the self-same gateskeeper, who slyly asked if he had found what he was looking for. The lost teachings had been transmitted in a dream. There is much more than this, of course, including many practical aspects and insights on all 8 limbs of classical yoga. There are two related shortcomings in this otherwise superb book. First, look at the fine "Essence of Yoga" by Desikachar's student, B. Bouanchaud. The frontispiece is a drawing by Krishnamacharya depicting Patanjali surrounded by his four students. These students represent the four books of the Yoga Sutras, the same teachings having been presented differently and with different emphases for each student. This skill-in-means is fundamental to Krishnamacharya's whole approach to yoga. While three of his students (B.K.S. Iyengar, Indra Devi, T.K.V. Desikachar) are mentioned here, I was surprised to read all 211 pages and find that A.G.Read more ›
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By mnott@hammock.com on September 1, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I have just read this book. It is destined to become a classic book about yoga. It is more than just a biography of Krishnamacharya's life, it is a very straightforward account of Hindu theology and one of the best summaries of Patanjali"s writings I have ever read. So many things in the book are skillfully examined, such as the role of Sanskrit language in yoga, and how yoga fits in historically with eastern religious life. I have come to view Krishnamacharya as a reformer bringing yoga into the modern world, and more important to the west. I compare _Health, Healing and Beyond : The Living Tradition of Krishnamacharya_ with the yoga classic, _Autobiography of a Yogi_ and the latter is found wanting in terms of providing any real illumination about the system of yoga.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sonia Sierra Wolf on July 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
You do not have to be a serious practitioner of Yoga to appreciate the warmth that Desichakar brings forth in this tribute to his father. This is a story told from the heart, of a sons admiration and love of one of the foremost Yogis to have lived. I found myself finishing the book in less than a day. For those not familiar with the essence of Yoga as art, philosophy and science, this book offers an easy to comprhend overview of this timeless tradition which offers an incomparable richness to anyone who begins the journey. Krishnamacharya's devotion, compassion, and uncompromising discipline are an inspiration. This is Yoga beyond the commercialization and dilution of the art that is now so prevalent in the West.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Eloquent and accessible, Desikachar's tribute to his father not only accomplishes it's aim, but also illuminates the origins of indian philosophy and offers insight into the Hindu culture. Easily read, this is a wonderful source of information for not only practioners, but for everyone interested in this ancient science, and the man, who in all humility could be called the father of modern yoga.
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