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Travelling in the North of India to spread the science of Yoga for the treatment of various ailments, Sri T. Composed between and BC, the document was excellently preserved.

Also a specialist in ancient Sanskrit, Sri T. Krishnamacharya understood from the turn of certain phrases that it was part of a much older oral tradition between and years BC. Following this discovery, Sri T. Krishnamacharya , who taught a different method of yoga, altered his teaching for the third time. He asked Sri K. Pattabhi Jois to devote himself exclusively to this method of original Yoga, called Yoga Korunta, and to pass it on.

In , Nancy Gilgoff and David Williams invited Guruji and his son Manju , who thus set off on their first voyage to America in order to teach yoga. Manju stayed in the United States. This practice of Yoga spread rapidly throughout America from California , extending up to Hawaii, under the name of Ashtanga Yoga.

With the permission of Guruji, Jean Bernard Rishi in Paris France published leaflets on the sun salutations of Mysore and the standing postures photos of Pattabhi in black and white. Having taught Ashtanga Yoga for several years, they all changed their methods of different reasons. Today, this traditional form of Yoga, mainly known under the name of Ashtanga Yoga, is one of the most practiced worldwide. Sharath Rangaswamy , the grandson of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois , teaches the Ashtanga Yoga he has learnt from his grandfather.

This prepares the postural work that gives warmth to the body, the heart and soul. This dynamic sequence of postures is native to Iran; it arrived in India with the Parsi, who consider the Sun Salutation as a religious duty. These greetings serve as a transition between postures and as a postural preparation. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. There is therefore always a movement during which we inhale followed by one during which we exhale.

It is a meditation in action. It provides heat and considerable energy. Sri T. Sunrise at Mahabalipuram.


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He is one of the first Westerners to have practiced and taught yoga. Soon enough, he heard about a famous Indian yoga teacher, Swami Sivananda. In Rishikesh, he met Sivananda and attended his classes in his yoga institute, today known as the Sivananda Ashram. During the following years, he went back to the school of his Master several times, again driving his car all the way to India and then, as the flights became cheaper, by plane. He became a popular teacher and wrote a book, "Yoga Self-Taught".

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