Category Archives: T Krishnamacharaya

The person who taught me how to vary postures is Krishnamacharya……

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The person who taught me how to vary postures, to bend the legs, to turn the neck, all the simple and complicated variations, as necessary, is Krishnamacharya. It is important to vary each posture according to the individuals requirements.

Further, he also introduced the use of other aids or supports, so that the person gets the benefit of a posture through other means when he is not able to do the posture itself. This can involve sitting on a chair, using a roll, using supports, etc., the use of other means to help a person achieve certain results.”

– TKV Desikachar from lectures on ‘The Yoga of T Krishnamacharya’, given at Zinal, Switzerland 1981.

Shared from Paul Harvey’s Yoga Studies Blog

The greatness of Patanjali…..

“The greatness of Patañjali is to look at Duḥkha as the stepping stone to success.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra C2 v16

Paul Harvey (yogastudies.org)

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’100 Years of Beatitude’ Sri T Krishnamacharya

“Downloadable film ’100 Years of Beatitude’ digitalised from a video of a 1989 documentary honouring Śrī T Krishnamacharya at the time of his centennial celebrations.” From Paul Harvey’s website yogastudies.org

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Our journey to our roots…..

“Our journey to our roots is Svādhyāya.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1
Paul Harvey (yogastudies.org)

The primary goal of classical Yoga…..

Posted by Michele Harney, Yoga Rathgar & Dundrum – Dublin

“The primary goal of classical Yoga is to bring concentration and stillness to the mind. A focused mind and a peaceful and positive feeling are vital requirements as well as by-products of an effective āsana practice. Yoga should not be for the body alone.”

A.G. Mohan
Krishnamacharaya – His Life and Teachings


The practice of āsana…..

Posted by Michele Harney, Yoga Rathgar & Dundrum – Dublin

“The practice of Yoga āsana without the appropriate steps, and without the conscious regulation of breath, is fruitless.”
-T Krishnamacharya


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Meditation

Posted by Michele Harney, Yoga Rathgar & Dundrum – Dublin

“Meditation is the process of refining memory.”
T Krishnamacharya

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Right Yoga…..

Posted by Michele Harney, Yoga Rathgar & Dundrum – Dublin

“Right Yoga is a vine of pleasant fragrance.
Wrong Yoga is a sharp pointed arrow – avoid it.”

T Krishnamacharya commentary to Yoga Sūtra C1 v3

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While on the matter of food…..

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“While on the matter of food, the practitioner must not just consider whether the quality of food is nutritious, nourishing and appropriate to the constitution, age and season, but one must also consider the attitudes with which it is consumed. The most appropriate food, consumed with a negative attitude is as poisonous as the wrong kind of food.”

T Krishnamacharya

Śrī Krishnamacharaya taught the viniyoga of Yoga…..

Posted by Michele Harney, Yoga Rathgar & Dundrum – Dublin

“Śrī Krishnamacharya taught the viniyoga of Yoga or application of Yoga according to state of life, place, time and circumstance to optimise the student’s potential within that situation as seen from his own, forever evolving, innovating and maturing, developmental teaching thread.”

Courtesy – Paul Harvey’s Daily Quotes – Centre for Yoga Studies

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Personalised Yoga Practice

Posted by Michele Harney, Yoga Rathgar & Dundrum – Dublin

Nowadays there is a plethora of yoga books, DVDs, and yoga classes. How does a student choose the best method for learning yoga? Krishnamacharya used to say that the greatest drawback to learning from a book and not from a teacher was that the practice was not tailored to the student. Before a student begins practicing yoga, he must ask himself, “Is this practice appropriate for me?” A yoga teacher must always consider his students and ask, “Is this practice that I am teaching appropriate for this particular student?” Underlying all of Krishnamacharya’s teaching was this principle: “Teach what is appropriate for an individual.”

A.G Mohan
An excerpt from Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teaching

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To cure the ills of the body, use the body

“To cure the ills of the body, use the body.
To cure the wandering of the mind,
practice Prānāyāma.”
– Śrī T Krishnamacharya

T Krishnamacharaya Quote

“Food will either sustain the body or eat it.”
-Śrī T Krishnamacharya

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T Krishnamacharaya Quote

“Food will either sustain the body or eat it.”
-Śrī T Krishnamacharya

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T Krishnamacharaya Quote

“Food will either sustain the body or eat it.”
-Śrī T Krishnamacharya

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T Krishnamacharaya Quote

“Use āsana for problems of the body
and prāṇāyāma for problems of the mind”

-Śrī T Krishnamacharya

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T Krishnamacharaya Quote

“Yoga is a saṃskāra (preparation)
in that it equips us
to realise our greatest potential”
-Śrī T Krishnamacharya

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T Krishnamacharaya Quote

“The practice of Āsana without breathing and without remembering Ananta has no value.”
(Yoga Sūtra C2 v47)
– Śrī T Krishnamacharya

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T Krishnamacharaya Quote

“Yoga is the process of replacing a set of inappropriate patterns,
with new and useful patterns”
-Śrī T Krishnamacharya

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