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 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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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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