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Sri T. Krishnamacharya

Krishnamacharya lived from 1888 to 1989 in India.  He studied Vedanta, Samkhya, Vedic texts and rituals, logic, grammar, Ayurveda, Yoga, Yoga Sutra, Sanskrit and Nyaya.

With the potential for an academic career, he eventually chose to create a family and to teach yoga in a big city. Krishnamacharya's yoga is a combination of the two main North and South Indian yoga styles.

He inspired and influenced others by his knowledge, his creativity and his talent.

In Krishnamacharya's yoga style, the most important thing is that the yoga teaching gets adapted to the needs and capacities of the person practising yoga, rather than the person having to adapt himselve to the yoga practice.

A strong second factor in Krishnamacharya's practice is the power of concious breath: Pranayama.
Pranayama stands for ''streching, or extending of breath''. It is the most effective and powerful method of cleansing the body and mind. There are sevaral differend technics of conscious breading. They can be calming, balancing or stimulating. Pranayama would end all yoga sessions. 10 Minutes of pranayama excersises at the end of a yoga session gives a strong sense of vitality and is core to balancing our moods.

Further Krishnamacharya says that everyone is unique and everyone has his or her own culture and background, as well as his or her individual mental, physical, spritual and emotional level of development that from moment to moment fluctuates.  This means that time after time, the actual situation should be adapted for the type of yoga tought.
It is possible but not necessary to teach Krishnamacharya's yoga in an one to one stile. His yogamethod is individual, so that all students can be at diferent stages in their developement and experience whilst in the same class. They will be called on to practise postures, diferent adapted to their own personal needs and capabilities.

Krishnamacharya would meet with his students to talk about their developement and match his teaching to their needs. This deep respect and trust created stong esteem and a foundation to build relationships from heart to heart, and from soul to soul.

Krishnamacharya was a healer. His yoga practise has physical and emotional healing effects. He was devoted to the healing of sickness because he understood that sickness is a barrier to personal growth and spiritual enlightenment.