Foundations of Yoga
The ground of our approach to Yoga comes from the teachings of Indian yogi, Sri T. Krishnamacharya. A renowned healer and scholar, Krishnamacharya taught such modern greats as BKS Iyengar (Iyengar Yoga), K. Pattabhi Jois (Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga) and Indra Devi. No other person had a greater impact on the evolution and modernisation of Yoga during the 20th century. Krishnamacharya died in 1989 and his work was continued by his son and closest student, TKV Desikachar, and the staff at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai.
Krishnamacharya’s fundamental belief is expressed in his oft-quoted saying: “Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other.”
He insisted that the practices of Yoga must be adapted to meet each student’s individual needs (Viniyoga), so that Yoga could be truly accessible to all. This is the underlying principle that pervades every level of our teaching, as without it we feel that Yoga becomes a manipulative effort to change people beyond their true nature.
Our accumulated experience, amounting to more than forty years of study, practice and teaching, have shown us that this principle, along with the other attitudes to Yoga practice as taught by Krishnamacharya, protects and empowers Yoga students on every level. It is from this firm foundation of understanding that we pass on what we have learned.