Transforming your life through yoga
'See the person, not the posture'
The spirit of Krishnamacharya's teaching informs my understanding of yoga i.e there are no brands or styles of yoga. There is only yoga adapted to the needs of each unique person.
This wisdom has been passed down to us through his direct students. For example, his son T.K.V. Desikachar, A.G. Mohan and Indra Mohan. More recently this spirit has been communicated by Gregor Maehle and Monica Gauci.
Embracing change, improving quality of life and self-healing
Change is constant companion at every stage of life. Sometimes we are the active force - wanting to find new ways of living and relating. And change can also arrive uninvited, and we must adapt to its reality.
Yoga can be viewed as a meditation on change; it provides a set of profound tools to manage, embrace and accept everything that constitutes our life - from the physical to the psychological, as well as the emotional and spiritual. The good news is that we can pick where to start and what to work on i.e. what is important to each person.
The ancient practice of yoga considers our health to be an important place to start - this was given high priority by Krishnamacharya (who is widely regarded as the foremost yoga master of the 20th Century).
Yoga can also help with many other aspects of life from stress relief, overcoming trauma and psychological healing, to mental and emotional balance, wanting to feel good about oneself, wanting to effect change (but not knowing how), learning how to cope with a restless mind, spiritual insight and spiritual liberation.
While all these aspects of our life are important, yoga adds a profound philosophical context. Ideally, we would want to practice yoga without ambition i.e. combine practice and non-identification. And no sooner have we healed the body/mind, yoga teaches us not to identify with anything that is subject to change i.e. the body/mind. We need to discover that our true nature is not subject to change. That said, the philosophical and spiritual dimension of yoga is something that each person needs to come to in their own time.
The ancient 8-limb path of Patanjali Yoga encompasses all of this and much more.