The Heart of Yoga (Paperback)
Developing a Personal Practice
Inner Traditions, 9780892817641, 272pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 1999
Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback, Spanish (3/25/2003)
• A contemporary classic by a world-renowned teacher.
• This new edition adds thirty-two poems by Krishnamacharya that capture the essence of his teachings.
Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who lived to be over 100 years old, was one of the greatest yogis of the modern era. 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 father's system as well as his own practical approach, which he describes as "a program for the spine at every level--physical, mental, and spiritual." This is the first yoga text to outline a step-by-step sequence for developing a complete practice according to the age-old principles of yoga. Desikachar discusses all the elements of yoga--poses and counterposes, conscious breathing, meditation, and philosophy--and shows how the yoga student may develop a practice tailored to his or her current state of health, age, occupation, and lifestyle.
This is a revised edition of The Heart of Yoga.
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Praise For The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice…
— Yoga Journal
" . . . a milestone in the transmission of yoga from the ancient masters to the modern world."
— Bodhi Tree Book Review, Winter 1999 / Spring 2000
“Read this book from cover to cover and you will begin to understand what yoga is all about.”
— The Sunday Times
“Those who are interested in understanding what yoga is about, those who are looking for a larger context and focus for their hatha practice, those who look to the Yoga Su-tra for guidance, and all those who have loved and benefited from Krishnamacharya and/or Desikachar, directly or indirectly, will want this book.”
— Yoga International
“An invaluable source of information regarding the theory and practice of yoga. A must for students and teachers alike.”
— Indra Devi, author of Yoga for You
“Desikachar speaks from the heart with tenderness as well as an engineer's careful attention to details and individuality.”
— LA Yoga, January 2011