T. Krishnamacharya and the Mysore <i>Āsana</i> Revival

Mark Singleton

in Yoga Body

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395358
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777303 | DOI:
T. Krishnamacharya and the Mysore Āsana Revival

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Chapter 9 considers the vastly influential postural forms developed by T. Krishnamacharya during his tenure as yoga teacher in Mysore during the 1930s and 1940s. The preceding chapters force us to see these radically innovative forms, which are at the root of several of today's preeminent postural systems, as stemming from a modern preoccupation with physical culture. Demonstrated is that Krishnamacharya's distinctive style of yoga practice is not as unique as one might assume but is a powerful synthesis of Western and Indian modes of physical culture, contextualized within “traditional” haṭha yoga.

Keywords: modern postural yoga; modern yoga; āsana; physical culture; Krishnamacharya; Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga; gymnastics; bodybuilding

Chapter.  13207 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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