Yogasala teaches yoga in the tradition of Sri T Krishnamacharya. He is widely recognised as the father of modern yoga. Designing a personalised yoga practice taking into account the unique physical and mental requirements of an individual is the unique hallmark of Krishnamacharya tradition of yoga.
Sri TKV Desikachar, son of Sri T Krishnamacharya, carried on the teachings from this lineage in a stellar manner and further developed the techniques of yoga training with great precision. He founded the internationally renowned Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) in Chennai and is the author of the landmark book ‘The Heart of Yoga’.
In an interview with veteran TV journalist Rajiv Mehrotra, Sri Desikachar shared his view on the difference between the ‘mass yoga’ that is popular now and the ‘personalised yoga’ that this tradition adheres to. You can watch the full interview here.
“There are two tracks – one is information and the other is transformation. With information you can communicate to thousands of people. With transformation it is almost like surgery. One doctor cannot do surgery for thousands of people. When it comes to transformation, there is a need for one-to-one contact. For example, if I have to teach somebody who has faith in god, I have to honour the person. If I have to teach somebody else who has no faith in god, I have to respect that person’s view. If I insist you must believe in god, we have no connection. This is why for transformation to happen, there must be an intimate relationship between the aspirant and the provider. That is why it is a one-to-one connection.”
“We are becoming yoga mechanics for people who go to these mass (yoga) classes, get into trouble, and then come to us and we repair their bodies. Because imagine there are thousands of people from different background, different age groups, different structures, and they are taught the same thing. For example, sometimes the teacher does bellows breath (Bhastrika) 100-200 times. Someone may have a low BP and get hyperventilated. They may collapse. Someone with high BP, when they do that they may get stiffness in the neck. Someone with a big paunch, when they do this they may get cramps in the stomach and sometimes even loose motion. That is happening. People are tempted by popularity, so they do go to mass yoga in thousands. And when they do get into trouble, we do the mechanical job.”
She got trained in yoga under Sri TKV Desikachar for over 15 years and was the head of the research department at KYM. She founded Yoga Vahini to make the healing wisdom of yoga more accessible to everyone. With over 26 years of teaching experience in yoga, Saraswathi conducts trainings around the world on yoga and the emerging field of yoga therapy. She leads Yoga Acharya (RYT 500) and Yoga Vaidya (IAYT) trainings in Yoga Vahini. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Yoga Alliance, USA.
Hariprasad received his yoga teacher training and continues to learn under Smt. Saraswathi Vasudevan and other senior teachers at Yoga Vahini.
Hari founded Yogasala in 2016 to travel and teach yoga. Apart from teaching personalised yoga, organising yoga retreats and corporate workshops under Yogasala, Hari is also supporting the International Teacher Training Program (RYT 500) at Yoga Vahini as a teaching assistant. Hari is also pursuing a teacher training program in Healing Chants with KYM learning to integrate the healing qualities of Vedic chants into the yoga course plans designed for students.