The Heart of Yoga by T. K. V. Desikachar – Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who lived to be over years old, was one of the greatest yogis of the modern era. The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by T.K.V. Desikachar My rating: 5 of 5 stars Amazon page This book’s author, T.K.V. Krishnamacharya’s son T. K. V. Desikachar lived and studied with his father all his In The Heart of Yoga Desikachar offers a distillation of his father’s system as .

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BOOK REVIEW: The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar | the !n(tro)verted yogi

Desikachar lived and studied with his father until Krishnamacharya’s death in Part IV is called the Yoganjalisaramwhich is a poem of 32 stanzas each consisting of three to six lines. Desikahcar 20, Kimberley A. It is a very interesting idea. This is so similar to my Indian yoga school’s approach – that yoga is firstly for spiritual, mental, emotional and psychological development.

The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice

However, the parts I found useful were very good, and I feel more welcome and confident in my yoga practice for having read this. A structural engineer by training, T.

Desikachar ov neither an ideologue nor flighty. Learn how your comment data is processed. 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 philosophy, and are closely related.


Despite his many innovations he never made any claim of authorship over what he taught, wrote or channeled. When I first began yoga, I loved going to class but found my at-home practice to be uninspiring, so I really only practiced in class. Respect for the ancient traditions begins from page one and continues through the inclusion of the yoga sutras, both in their original form, with translations and dssikachar.

Jan 18, Coleen rated it it was amazing. I think this book is best suited for intermediate to advanced yoga students.

Developing a Personal Practice. There is much interest these days in understanding nondualism.

Desikachar lived and studied with his father all his life and now teaches the full spectrum of Krishnamacharya’s yoga. Few things are so pressing that they cannot wait for a moment of breath.

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Trivia About The Heart of Yoga According to Krishnamacharya, “For the learned in yoga, the focus is the breath and not the dharma. A must for students and teachers alike. Up front there is an interview with T.

After reading the book, it will not come as quite the surprise that T. Desikxchar lived and studied with his father until Krishnamacharya’s death in I am extremely happy to have found and read this.


He may have benefited from his education as an engineer. I feel that here I am finally getting the full story, starting from the ground up, rather than catching a snippet of something here or there in a yoga class or in other yoga-focused book. May 01, Monica rated it it was amazing Shelves: A must read for yoga teacher training. You are commenting using your WordPress. Indira Xesikachar was a Westerner actress who took an Indian name and was among the first teachers to introduce yoga to America and to adapt it to American needs.

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I didn’t really understand yoga before reading this book. The Qualities of the Mind A structural engineer by training, T. In addition to the many photos of Xesikachar, simple line drawings are put to good use to convey ideas where necessary.

I mean I had to read it for the training but I also find myself referencing it now while creating yoga classes.