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Who is often considered the father of modern yoga?

Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888-1989)


In the 1920s, which style of yoga was strongly promoted in India?

Ashtanga-Vinyasa Yoga


Krishnamacharya traveled through India and gave demonstrations of various yoga postures and opened the first Ashtanga-Vinyasa Yoga school, where?



Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya was not strictly only a yoga teacher. What else was he?

He was ayurvedic healer and scholar too.


Who are Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya's four most famous students?

Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009)
Indra Devi (1899-2002)
B.K.S. Iyengar (1918-2014)
and his son T.K.V. Desikachar (1938-2016)


What did they do?

Each of them continued spreading yoga (hatha)


Their unique style is influenced how?

by the particular time they studied with Krishnamacharya and their personal life stories.


Krishnamacharya discovered a forgotten ancient manuscript. What was it?

The Yoga Korunta, in which a system of Hatha Yoga was created and practiced by the author (Vamana Rishi).


Explain The Yoga Korunta a bit more.

It talks mainly about the importance of the harmony of movement and breathing, referred to as Vinyasa Krama


What is Vinyasa Krama?

The harmony of movement and breathing.


Hatha Yoga style influenced what>

The Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system, where a set of asana sequences in which harmony of breath and movement is one of the pillars.

Don’t confuse this with the ‘Ashtanga Yoga’ – the Eight Limbed Path – as described in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali!


Originally, how many sequences of postures did the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga series have?

6 sequences of postures.


Who is Indra Devi?

Another famous student of Krishnamacharya.


Why is T.K.V. Desikachar important?

He played a pivotal role in the evolution of yoga


How did Krishnamacharya shift the emphasis of his practice and ‘teaching’ to treating the individual?

He would combine the sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga and describe highly individualized programs taking into consideration their particular constitutions, abilities, and ailments.