Yoga Master Krishnamacharya

Master Krishnamacharya

Sri Krishnamacharya is considered to be the grandfather of modern yoga

In 1888 he was born into a family in Mysore that considered yoga to be an important spiritual practice and discipline.

He started to learn yoga at a very young age, with the tradition being passed from father to son. The young child also developed an interest in the study of Indian philosophy and original scriptures.

Upon finishing his studies in Mysore, he took off for the mountains in Tibet. He met his teacher, Sri Ramamohan Brahmachari, at Mount Kailash.

He then furthered his study of yoga and lived as a family member for nearly a decade. His master then requested that he return to his home country, marry, start a family and carry on teaching yoga as per the principles he had learned.

In 1924 he started to teach and became a yoga advisor at the Royal Palace of Mysore.

He opened the doors of yoga to women, non-Hindus and those from the West, individuals who may not otherwise have been able to practise yoga.

Considered to be the grandfather of modern yoga, his teachings have affected the lives of many yoga adepts chiefly through his students B.K.S. Iyengar, Indra Devi, K. Pattabhi Jois and T.K.V. Desikachar.

He continued to teach till his dying day, aged 109, in 1989.

T.K.V. Desikachar, summarised his father's work in these words: "The way yoga is being taught today often gives the impression that there is one treatment for all diseases. What makes my father's teaching unique is the possibility to adapt yoga to every individual, respecting their particularities"