Sri T. Krishnamacharya has been called the Teachers teacher, well know students of his include BKS Iyengar, BNS Iyengar, TKV Desikachar, AG Mohan, Srivatsa Ramaswami (my own teacher) and Pattabhi Jois.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and indeed Vinyasa yoga in general is strongly associated with Pattabhi Jois who was Krishnamacharya's student in Mysore from the 1930s-50s, this book seeks to show how and to what extent contemporary Ashtanga is indepted to Krishnamacharya, the sequence of asana, the vinyasa count, the focus on breath and bandha and drishti, as well what has perhaps been mislaid along the way, the slowness of the breath, the extended stays in asana and vinyasas, the employment of kumbhaka (breath retention) and the integration of asana, pranayama and samyama IE. Dhāraā (concentration), Dhyāna (meditation) & Samādhi (union).
Part One: Krishnamacharya's Yoga Makaranda Praimary Group Asana contains simplified asana instruction derived from the Tamil Translation by Sri C.M.V. Krishnamacharya (with the assistance of Sri S. Ranganathadesikacharya) as well as Vinyasa 'posters' that include the Vinyasa count and state(s) of the asana.
Part Two: Early Krishnamacharya Yoga Resource comprising 1. Krishnamacharya’s Yogasanagalu (1941) original Primary group asana in Yoga Makaranda 2. How to practice Krishnamacharya’s original Ashtanga yoga 3. Uddiyana kriya and asana in Krishnamacharya’s Original Ashtanga 4. Krishnamacharya’s Yoga Makaranda extended stays 5. Why did Krishnamacharya introduce Kumbhaka into the practice of asana? 6. Krishnamacharya’s 1941 Ashtanga asana table from Yogasanagalu Yogasanagalu Asana table translated by Satya Murthy 7. Pictorial representation of the table 8. What would Krishnamacharya’s Sun salutation have been like? 9. Pranayama notes from Yoga Makaranda part II 10. Krishnamacharya on chakras 11. Krishnamacharya on Samyama 12. Krishnamacharya’s Interpretation on yoga Sutra II-47 13. Drishti 14. Yama Niyama : from Krishnamacharya’s Yoaga Makaranda 15. Krishnamacharya’s ‘House Recommendations’ (Guidance for practice from Yoga Makaranda and Yogasanagalu)
Anthony Grim Hall
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