Health, Healing, and Beyond Yoga and the Living Tradition of T. Krishnamacharya

T.K.V. Desikachar and R. H. Cravens; Foreword by Michael Lerner; Afterword by C. Subramaniam

North Point Press



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240 Pages



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The much-sought-after, greatly beloved exploration of the work of Krishnamacharya, teacher of many of twentieth-century yoga’s greatest and most influential exponents, Health, Healing, and Beyond is filled with deep wisdom—an indispensable guide to the philosophy, principles, and limitless possibilities of yoga. First published in 1998, it is now available again to yogis, students, and teacher trainees everywhere.


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Health, Healing and Beyond
CHAPTER ONETHE FIRE THAT DISPELS DARKNESSWhatever place, whatever time, the ancestors have framed Yoga practices to suit them all. Only the attitudes and circumstances of human beings change.When my father was well into his nineties, I walked into his room one afternoon and found him alone, sound asleep. And he was teaching. Even in sleep his words were clearly distinguishable as he chanted Sanskrit verses in the traditional way that sages of India have always taught their students. On this occasion, as I recall, he was reciting the tale of Valmiki, who was seized
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  • T.K.V. Desikachar and R. H. Cravens; Foreword by Michael Lerner; Afterword by C. Subramaniam

  • T.K.V. Desikachar, Krishnamacharya’s son and longtime student, is one of the world’s foremost teachers of yoga. A renowned authority on the therapeutic uses of yoga, he is the founder of the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and the cofounder of the Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation, both of which are based in Chennai.

    R.H. Cravens was born in Salinas, Kansas, in 1940. His early career included stints at the Associated Press and Time/Life Books, as well as speechwriting for the United Nations. He had a long affiliation with the fine art photography publisher Aperture, as both a writer and a contributing editor. Cravens died in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in April 2009.
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