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Health, Healing, and Beyond: Yoga and the Living Tradition of T. Krishnamacharya Paperback – September 13, 2011
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"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, Krishnamacharya's son and longtime student, is one of the world's foremost teachers of yoga. A renowned authority on the therapeutic uses of yoga, he is the founder of the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and the cofounder of the Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation, both of which are based in Chennai.
R.H. Cravens was born in Salinas, Kansas, in 1940. His early career included stints at the Associated Press and Time/Life Books, as well as speechwriting for the United Nations. He had a long affiliation with the fine art photography publisher Aperture, as both a writer and a contributing editor. Cravens died in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in April 2009.
Top Customer Reviews
I was taken back by the book, left breathless at points. It is not everyday you get such a presence in the account of the life of Krishnamacharya as it is here, by his son, and written with full presence..
Here are things that I didn't know/surprised me:
- Defying Our Common Assumptions
Let me ask you: What is the one organ within the human body on which all others depend? Tell me. Did you answer the "heart" by any chance? I did.
"To give you just one example: It is axiomatic Western physiology that the heart pumps blood that enables other organs to perform their function.... In Krishnamahcaryas system, the lungs are the pump that makes the heart work. It defies all we know"
Game changer how Krishnamacharya saw the center of the body. No wonder his emphasis was so much in pranayama (breathing extension, breathing slowly, counting lifetimes in amount of breaths rather than years)
Not only does Krishnamacharya have the unique vision of vinyasa as being the effort that accompanies asana through the breathing, which is how he interprets Yoga Sutra 2.47 (unlike ALL other teachers), he goes further in the eyes of his son:
"My father's students were often amazed that he would greet them at the gate when they arrived, conduct the lessons, and then escort them back to the gate and bid them farewell. It is a practice that I continue. Often a student considers it a somewhat elaborate courtesy, but it is actually vinyasa...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have found in this book and in "The Heart of Yoga:" also from Dr.'s Desikachar very important and helpful different information regarding Yoga, Vedanta and Patanjali... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ana
I was given a list of 5 required books for my upcoming yoga teacher training program. I started perusing through the other four but then I picked up this one and couldn't put it... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Adrea Taryn
The much-sought-after, greatly beloved exploration of the work of Krishnamacharya, teacher of many of twentieth-century yoga’s greatest and most... Read more
My wife loved this book and found it very useful since she is now a Yoga teacher she says it's been helpful and really helps how yoga can help in true healing.Published 18 months ago by Sunny