Sri T Krishnamacharya is acknowledged as one of the most respected yogis of the Twentienth century. His influence on teachers of modern yoga originated in his yoga school at Mysore where he taught the teenagers B K S Iyengar, K Pattibhi Jois and his first female student Indra Devi. These students all went on to create their own methods and these are predominantly what we recognise in the West.
Krishnamacharya's distinctive form of Hatha Yoga, generally known as viniyoga or viñyāsa krama yoga grew from his own long practice in yoga and knowledge as a scholar of Sanskrit, Vedic Philosophy and Ritual and the Ayurvedic system of medicine.
This tradition and teaching focuses on the central role of the teacher/student relationship. A relationship out of which an intelligent use of yoga's tools develops. There can never be a 'one size fits all' approach, instead yoga is adapted to meet each student's ability and needs.
Krishnamacharya's method and philosophy continues in its transmission through the students of his son T K V Desikachar of whom I have had the privilege of being taught by two, Radha Sundarajan for Vedic Chant and Dr N C Chandrasekaran in Yoga Therapy.
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