meet me at Kripalu

For those who have studied in the Krishnamacharya/Desikachar Yoga tradition or for those who are wondering about it, June 2018 will give you a good opportunity to experience what that tradition is all about and you don’t have to go to India. Leslie Kaminoff has put together a weekend in tribute to T.K.V. Desikachar at…

Viniyoga (trademarked) and #MeToo

The more things change, the more they stay the same, huh?  Life in this here Modern Yoga World. I’m coming out of self-imposed writing exile to write about Kausthub Desikachar again.  The latest is that he trademarked the word “Viniyoga.”   Here is his justification for the trademark.   The word “viniyoga” is in the Yoga Sutra-s…

Sri Desikachar has died – June 21, 1938 – August 8, 2016

“The light has expanded and is continuing to guide us beyond boundaries of space and time. After an extraordinary life of service and healing, Sir TKV Desikachar reached the lotus feet of the lord on 08 August 2016 at 2.45am India Time. The family is making arrangements for the funeral following the traditional Indian scriptures….

who’s afraid of the big bad guru?

It has always struck me how Western yoga peeps are afraid of the word “guru.”  I’ve gotten into it with a well-known yoga blogger about the use of the word guru, her argument being that somehow there is something inherently bad or negative about the word.   We give words their power.   There are…

Krishnamarcharya and those British gymnastics

“Sir” and his father, KYM, 2005 2010 has been the year of scholarly yoga books such as Mark Singleton’s Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture and Stefanie Syman’s The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America. Both authors have written that Krishnamacharya’s yoga was derived in part from British gymnastics and military training…

Krishnamacharya, Desikachar, Indra Devi

Here is an amazing video of Krishnamacharya, his son Desikachar, and Indra Devi from 1988. Sri Krishnamacharya was 100 years old in this video. When I am at the Mandiram I love listening to Desikachar’s stories about his father’s students. Desikachar told us a story about how perturbed he was when he saw his father…

interview with Desikachar

(photo original Chennai Online upload) Chennai Online Interview with Desikachar “Intro: Where is the delusion when truth is known? Where is the disease when the mind is clear? Where is death when the Breath is controlled? Therefore surrender to Yoga – T Krishnamacharya in Yoganjalisaram. Yoga was in the family. Krishnamacharya was born in Karnataka…

getting back to yoga, part 2: sraddha

Yoga Sutra-s I.20: sraddhaviryasmrtisamadhiprajnapurvaka itaresam “Through faith, which will give sufficient energy to achieve success against all odds, direction will be maintained. The realization of the goal of Yoga is a matter of time.” (Reflections on Yoga Sutra-s of Patanajali, TKV Desikachar) Some of you might be incredulous at Dr. NC’s statement that my spine…

yoga with a capital Y

I have never studied with Mark Whitwell, but I would like to because from what I have read about him, for me, he embodies pure yoga. He teaches from the lineage of Krishnamacharya, the grandfather of modern hatha yoga, and he studied with Krishnamacharya’s son, Desikachar. He edited Desikachar’s book, The Heart of Yoga. In…

1938 video of Krishnamacharya

following the ridiculous with the sublime, watch this 1938 video of Sri Krishnamacharya doing asana and bandhas at the age of 50. Sri Krishnamacharya, the grandfather of modern yoga, teacher of Iyengar, Jois, Desikachar, and my teacher, Srivatsa Ramaswami. Sri Krishnamacharya died in 1989. I humbly and with gratitude follow this lineage. It was an…

emails home

Unfortunately, during my first trip to India in September, 2005, I did not keep the emails I sent home. Y’all will have to be satisfied with my musings and rants from my second trip in March, 2006, including those I wrote for IndiaMike.com, where I am now a moderator… enjoy! the first pic is me…