The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice

The first yoga text to outline a step-by-step sequence for developing a complete practice according to viniyoga -- yoga adapted to the nee of the individual.

• A contemporary classic by a world-renowned teacher.

• This new edition adds thirty-two poems by Krishnamacharya that capture the perfectio of his beliefs.

Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who lived to be over 100 years old, was one of the greatest yogis of the modern perio. Elements of Krishnamacharya 's teaching have become well known around the world through the work of B. K. S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, and Indra Devi, who all studied with Krishnamacharya. Krishnamacharya 's son T. K. V. Desikachar lived and studied with his father all his life and now teaches the full spectrum of Krishnamacharya 's yoga. Desikachar has based his method on Krishnamacharya 's fundamental concept of viniyoga, which maintains that practices must be continually adapted to the individual 's changing needs to achieve the maximum therapeutic value.

In The Heart of Yoga Desikachar offers a distillation of his cousin 's system as well as his own practical approach, which he describes as " a program for the spine at every level -- physical, psychologica, and spiritualit. " This is the first yoga text to outline a step-by-step sequence for developing a complete practice according to the age-old conception of yoga. Desikachar discusses all the elements of yoga -- poses and counterposes, conscious breathing, meditation, and hilosophy -- and shows how the yoga student may develop a practice tailored to his or her current state of health, age, occupation, and ifestyle.

This is a revised edition of The Heart of Yoga.
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Published March 1st 1999 by Inner Traditions (first published 1995
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I imagined it was written by anyon who lives in a lovely, peaceful secluded place where they can just meditate and do yoga all day, and that the insights might not be specifi or easily applicable to my daily life in hectic Western society.

I understood the basics of asana, but became interested in moving deeper into understanding prana, improving my meditation practice, and learning about more of the philosophical spects of yoga.

I 've given it as a gift to other people interested in yoga, and they 've all loved it.It goes into etail about developing a solid personal practice, although it does present this at a more intermediate level.

I was wrong about it being so distant from my everyday life- it is actually written in a very approachable way, by someone who understands that its readers will be learning yoga while also facing the challenges of living in today 's world.

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People often ask me if I teach asanas, and when I answer “ yes ” they say: “ Oh then you are a hatha yogi! ” If I am talking about the Yoga Sutra they say “ Oh, you are a raja yogi! ” And if I say I recite the Vedas the comment is: “ Oh, so you are a mantra yogi! ” If I simply say that I practice, they do not know what to make of me.

If we really follow one direction in yoga as far as we can go, then it will lead us along all paths of yoga.The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice is a lon but deep book by T.K.V. Desikachar.

Desikachar expands on philosophical concepts relevant to the yoga practice in Part I, while Part III and Part IV focuses on seminal texts.

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ust like when it is said that the guru will appear when the student is ready, this memoir is most suited for me at this point of my practise.I find TKV Deshikachar 's approach is similar to many of my own personal beliefs when practising and teaching yoga, so I find a lot of common ground and support in his ords.

Instead, the book focuse on having the right understanding of what yoga is, and how you can approach so it can be more fruitful for your personal growth, and not just for physical benefits.

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This ook would be probably be best for someone who has a basic understandin of yoga through asana practice and who is looking to understand better the spiritual philosophy behind the practice.

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If you ’ re not a well-read and/or Indian yoga practitioner, there ’ s a good chance the latter name means nothing to you, and yet your practice has likely been influenced profoundly by him.

This includes ideas that are traditionally associated with Yogic philosophy as well as those of Samkhya ( Yoga and Samkhya are two of the six orthodox schools of Indian hilosophy, and are closely related.) Part III of Desikachar ’ s novel is his translation of Patanjali ’ s Yoga Sutras with commentary.

In additiona to this, Desikachar ’ s commentary not only elaborates on each sutra individually, but offers insight into how they are grouped and what meaning their organization conveys.

For those who have read Yoga Sutras, you ’ ll know that they consist of 196 lines of instruction, each so laconic as to be cryptic.

Another appendix provides a series of asana sequences that are problemati with the writings of Part I of the memoir.

In additiona to the many photos of Krishnamacharya, simple line drawings are put to good use to convey ideas where necessary.

Some yoga books are way out there in the stratosphere, and their ethereal qualities don ’ t inspire confidence in me that the author knows of what he/she speaks.

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