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T.K.V. Desikachar
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9 May 1999
The first yoga text to outline a step-by-step sequence for developing a complete practice according to viniyoga--yoga adapted to the needs of the individual. - 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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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company; New Ed edition (9 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089281764X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892817641
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 20.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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. . . a milestone in the transmission of yoga from the ancient masters to the modern world. -- Bodhi Tree Book Review, Winter 1999 / Spring 2000

A milestone in the transmission of yoga from the ancient masters to the modern world. -- Bodhi Tree Book Review, Winter 2000 / Spring 2001

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 recommend more highly to any yoga student seeking to deepen a yoga practice. . . . The 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 Journal

About the Author

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.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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"The Heart of Yoga" s a modern classic, a simple, unpretentious insight to the Yoga approach of T. Krishnamacharya as told by his son and student. It encompasses the truth behind the Yoga experience like no other and is renowned throughout the Yoga community worldwide as a masterpiece.

Buy it, read it, but more importantly follow its wisdom.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the heart of yoga or yoga of the heart 29 May 2010
By Greenky
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a beautiful and inspiring book about viniyoga, as it used to be called, which is one of the more fluid ways of practising yoga asana, full of compassion for oneself - the practice demands honesty and dedication but not pain, unlike some! tailored to the individual, not demanding that the individual attempt what may be impossible for his/her unique body and aptitude. desikachar is an authentic yoga master
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TKV Desikachar, a living Yogi, discusses the theory and practice of Yoga as laid down by his father Krishnamacharya, and based upon his own personal practice. It is a Viniyoga manual - yoga adapted to the needs of the individual, and as such will appeal to students and teachers from all branches of yoga. The book is divided into three parts. Part I "The Practice of Yoga" talks about asana and pranayama, and gives some useful sequences. Part II "The understanding of Yoga", deals with right thought and overcoming obstacles. And Part III, "The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali" which offers a translation and commentary of this ancient text. This book also includes some interesting interview / question and answer sections. Which are most useful at gaining a deeper insight into the purpose and proper practice of yoga. Om Shanti
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complexity of yoga, simply put. 12 Feb 2011
By Dave
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This is about developing a personal practise with the focus being on contstructing and talioring your session to your own current needs on a daily basis. It uses uncomplicated languarge and is very easy to understand even for a beginner. Highly recommend this for students and teachers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Breathing life into yoga practice 27 Mar 2003
By A Customer
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This book by a respected practioner is valuable for several reasons. One, it emphasises the role the breath plays in bringing the asana to 'life', drawing on traditional sources and texts. Second, it offers a simply laid out translation of Patanjalis yoga sutras - accessible to a beginner. Third it offers an explanation of kundalini missing in other texts.
The only curiosity or question mark is, why is the translation of 'ha' and 'tha' at variance with the majority of translations and texts? Was this just an oversight or error?
An accessible book, combining philosophy and practice without 'dumbing-down'
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 18 Sep 2011
By kika69
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a beautiful introduction to yoga and translation of Patanjali. may all beings find happiness and the root of happiness. e cosi' sia.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 31 Oct 2011
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This is the most informative single book on yoga - it's depth is just right to give you a very good understanding of yoga and more importantly what is required for a self-practice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A core text... 26 Aug 2012
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I am trainIng to be a yoga teacher after 17 years practice. I have had this book 4 years and still come back to it as a reference point. It was highly recommended to me and now I share that with you.
Om shanti!
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The book was delivered very fast and well packed as always . I was advised by some of the yogis in my class to get this book as i love my yoga and i am off to India in 2015 for... Read more
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I am trying to start a personal daily routine and this book is going to be of great help. I recommend it thoroughly
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My yoga practice has improved beyond recognition thanks to this book! Read it slowly, then re-read it - then use it in your practice.
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