May 142011

One of the first “yoga books” I ever read was entitled “Health, healing and beyond. Yoga and the living tradition of Krishnamacharya.” It is a story of the life of Sri T. Krishnamacharya, guru of all gurus, who taught the world’s most eminent yoga teachers of today including Pattabhi Jois of Ashtanga Yoga, BKS Iyengar, Indra Devi and Desikachar. As far as I’m concerned, anyone practicing yoga today should know who this man was.

Krishnamacharya believed yoga was India’s greatest gift to the world and was determined to make it accessible. Through the teachings which he urged his students to proliferate he directly influenced most of today’s yoga practitioners. He was one of India’s greatest ever yoga therapists and an incredible scholar who was said to have knowledge of all of India’s philosphical systems and ancient texts as well as law and medicine. Yet with all of his impressive knowledge and life-long experience, he practiced humility and refused to let anyone call him a guru. He was the first to teach yoga to women for its therapeutic ability to support healthier pregnancies, and because he believed it would ultimately be women who would preserve the practice. Just notice how many females are in your next yoga class.

You can find the book on Amazon but it is pricey, and if you live near me you’re welcome to borrow mine. It is an inspiring story of a man dedicated to his practice and passionate about his calling in life.  But if you can’t get a hold of the book, do yourself a favor and at least read this article: Krishnamacharya’s Legacy.


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