Krishnamacharya’s Yoga Makaranda

All the practices of yoga–asana, pranayama, bandhas, or meditation–should be made suitable to the individual, considering that person’s time or season, place, age, profession, strength, and other factors.

Tirumalai Krishnamacharya

Krishnamacharya, the father of modern yoga, was the teacher of, among others, BKS Iyengar, Desikachar and our beloved Pattabhi Jois. His wise counsel has inspired several generations of yoga practitioners.

With yoga’s quickly rising popularity, however, many times the practices of yoga are taught in group settings, without sensitivity to the particular needs of the student. Some students need more vigorous practice, some need more meditation. An injured or ill individual may need special attention to address certain health issues. A practice that was appropriate at one phase of life may no longer serve the same function at a later stage.

While yoga can bestow health and inspire well-being, it can also injure if not taught in the appropriate context. Teachers today should be especially careful to listen–to their own intuition and to the needs of their students. There is no “right” practice. Each student must eventually learn to become their own teacher. Here is a guide to help with that process.

A gift for you:

Krishnamacharya’s Yoga Makaranda

sarva mangalam!

Published by Kim Roberts

Hi, I'm Kim Roberts. I'm a Contemplative Psychotherapist, teacher and author who shares creative practices that will transform your life. I'm also an artist. I share practical skills to train the mind, manage emotions and maintain mental health.

3 thoughts on “Krishnamacharya’s Yoga Makaranda

  1. I am reading your gift to us. How wonderful! It has arrived in my journey at exactly the precise time, thanks to you! 2011 was a time of great transformation in my life. There were two great shifts, and I see 2012 and beyond as being really HUGE. I began the practice of yoga last year, and understand that it too came at a precise point. You see, I had had an interest in yoga going way, way back in my life, even purchasing a book and video along the way but never practicing. It was not time. NOW it is. Thank-you for your contribution to this aspect of my path. Namaste! ~ Ricky

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