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…

Srivatsa Ramaswami: chitta vritti

One of my primary teachers is Srivatsa Ramaswami, who studied with Krishnamacharya for over 30 years, longer than anyone in Krishnamacharya’s immediate family. Ramaswamiji was one of the original trustees of the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, the yoga school where I have studied every year for five years. I first met Ramaswamiji in 2003…

yoga wisdom from my teacher

Meditating on Meditation by Srivatsa Ramaswami “I was watching a live television program in India some 30 years backwhen TV had just been introduced in India. It was a program in whichan elderly yogi was pitted against a leading cardiologist. It wasvirtually a war. The yogi was trying to impress with some unusualposes which were…

Friday’s yoga thought

“Daily Yoga practice may include Asanas, Pranayama and Meditation in proper proportion, so that the yoga diet is balanced.” — Srivatsa Ramaswami In this recent discussion of what yoga should have in order to be called yoga, who can argue against having a balanced diet? Resources for mindfulness meditation practice: “Mindfulness meditation: The Shambhala Sun…

is American yoga in crisis? part 2…

From the last chapter of Yoga Beyond Fitness: “If teachers grounded in the deeper message of Yoga are not available or do not share what they know, Srivatsa Ramaswami predicts ‘the subject will die because every following generation will know less and less. And the lack of knowledge could be filled with innovations of novices,…

Sri Ramaswami on P. Jois and birth and death

(AUM written in Tamil) I am an ongoing student of Srivatsa Ramaswami and this is what Ramaswamiji had to say in an email about the passing of Pattabhi Jois and birth and death. Sri Ramaswami was Krishnamacharya’s longest standing student outside of Krishnamacharya’s family. He studied with Krishnamacharya for some 30 years, longer than P….

my teacher’s wisdom

“Charles Darwin’s 200th birth Anniversary has indirectly energized many to restart the debate about God, Creation and Evolution. This kind of discussion, though, has been going on from time immemorial. Sayana, the well known commentator on the Vedas, starts his commentary by pointing out that several of the sayings of the Vedas on Heaven and…

Srivatsa Ramaswami: The Three Gunas

I received the following in an email from my teacher, Srivatsa Ramaswami. I began studying with Ramaswami in 2004 at the Chicago Yoga Center (where he comes very year to teach) and I was hooked the first night. He is considered a chant master in India and the first night’s workshop was the “Yoga of…

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…