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 I can think of no better book to recommend to a friend beginning to be excited by yoga but bewildered by the plethora of different schools and their sometimes conflicting teachings In addition, I would be hard pressed to think of a book I would recommendhighly to any yoga student seeking to deepen a yoga practiceThe great gift of The Heart of Yoga lies not simply in the depth of Desikachar s learning, but in the compassion, gentleness, practicality, and down to earth spirit that permeate the book Yoga JournalYOGA I can think of no better book to recommend to a friend beginning to be excited by yoga but bewildered by the plethora of different schools and their sometimesconflicting teachings In addition, I would be hardpressed to think of a book I would recommendhighly to any yoga student seeking to deepen a yoga practiceThe great gift of The Heart of Yoga lies not simply in the depth of Desikachar s learning, but in the compassion, gentleness, practicality, and downtoearth spirit that permeate the book Yoga Journal 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 r 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 in their early years 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 teaching, 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 stepbystep sequence for developing a complete practice according to the ageold 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 Krishnamacharya placed the highest value on Patanjali s Yoga Sutra, which is included here in its entirety, with a translation and commentary by Desikachar Added to this second edition of The Heart of Yoga is the Yognjalisram thirtytwo poems composed by Krishnamacharya that capture the essence of his teachings and further make The Heart of Yoga a milestone in the transmission of yoga from the ancient masters to the modern world A structural engineer by training, T K V Desikachar lived and studied with his father until Krishnamacharya s death in 1989 He has devoted his life to yoga instruction for people of all backgrounds and all levels of ability, and currently teaches at the school founded in his father s memory in Madras, as well as in Europe, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.


8 thoughts on “ The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice

  1. Glitzydebs Glitzydebs says:

    This book is a pre yoga TT course read and what a joy it is Written in easy conversation with Desikachar Almost as if he s sitting chatting to you An easy introduction into every aspect of the yoga philosophy Eight limbs and sutras Anyone training or just wanting to live yoga this book is an essential


  2. Meerlight Meerlight says:

    This is a great book on every level It provides a deep insight into how to practice yoga and to incorporate yoga into your life I really enjoyed reading this text, and felt like starting it again when I finished it You also get a translation and commentary of Patanjali s Yoga Sutras as an appendix.


  3. Gmjac Gmjac says:

    I m reading this book for my teacher training it has practical teachings to not only help your yoga practice but to manage thoughts and reactions to every day life A great read for yogis and not yet yogis


  4. Ratty Ratty says:

    It takes time to go through and I love it and am still enjoying it


  5. A. Kundi A. Kundi says:

    Great insight to yoga This book was recommended to me by my yoga teacher and I can see why


  6. Joanne Mobbs Joanne Mobbs says:

    i havent finished reading it yet but so far it is amazing and explains in great detail all about Yoga


  7. H Pedder H Pedder says:

    Informative, fascinating, educational This classic text is a must have for anybody who is interested in, or practising, yoga It s such a useful book to keep close to your mat, for both guidance and inspiration.


  8. scottie100 scottie100 says:

    Looks like a good book but very detailed, probably best for those wanting to seriously study yoga The book itself is of excellent quality.