The great Master of Yoga

I came across this old b/w video clip in youtube, that showed one of the greatest masters of Yoga. Have a look.

For those of you who don’t know of him…

He was a great Yogi, who can well be credited as the one who brought Yoga to the modern world. He was such a great yogi that he could even stop his own heart beat. He was a student who found his own Master in the Himalayas. Spending many years with him in the region of Mount Kailas, he learnt the great science of Yoga. He is a man who taught Yoga to the Viceroy, Kings and common man, alike. He was the teacher of such great teachers of yoga as Desikachar, Pattabhi Jois, BKS Iyengar and Indra Devi. He was also a great Ayurvedic physician, Vedic scholar, and a Mystic. He was the great Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who lived a hundred years (1888 – 1989)… (To know more about him, click here , or here)

2 Responses to “The great Master of Yoga”

  1. L Srini Says:

    Great subject though I wish you had written a little bit more. I think the point needs to be made is that Krishnamacharya was completely educated only in Sanskrit and also that he learnt other traditional subjects like Logic, Vedanta too. His reading and understanding of many traditional texts would easily surpass that of leading experts on the subject today.

    He chose yoga finally as a life’s vocation because his teacher in Mt Kailas took no money from him for teaching him, instead took a promise that he would go home, get married and teach yoga.

    That’s what Krishnamacharya did till he died at 100.

    Isn’t it simply amazing?

  2. gkamesh Says:

    Thanks Srini.

    Sri Krishnamacharya’s life is so incredible, one doesnt know where to begin, and what indeed to say. How can one put into words his mystic experience at Alwar Tirunagari, where he received the yoga rahasya from Nada muni? What kind of passion and courage was it that could take this young man from deep south to go and spend years in Banares, and then go to teach the British Viceroy in Simla. and then go on to the Himalayas, to Mount Kailas looking for his Master, find him, and spend year learning yoga!

    Among the luminaries of yoga, surely he was the brightest sun!

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