K10Yoga Lineage: Krishnamacharya and the Roots of Yoga
Our yoga teacher training has roots and our methodology comes from the teachings and lineage of Krishnamacharya. We continue to be inspired by his work. He reminds us that yoga is shifting old behaviors to new more appropriate ones, meeting each moment as holy. Krishnamacharya refused to let anyone call him a guru or even a yogi. He was referred to more often as an acharya – a wise teacher who has traveled far and lived what he taught. Above all, the living tradition of Krishnamacharya is about service to others. He reminds us that each individual who seriously undertakes the study of yoga may discover awaiting, untapped powers of comprehension. He demonstrated that yoga is a matter of consciously realizing the union of the body, mind, and spirit. It’s arriving at a place we have not been before.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Through our yoga teacher training program, we create conditions that are both challenging and rewarding, we create spaces for students to be guided but to also find their own path through a dedication to the practice and to the listening, learning, often to the unlearning. It’s about becoming our own wise teachers, learning at the feet of others, and remembering our hearts call to service. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’m taken back to my time in India, where I walked silently with a woman to a waterfall, listening to her share her lived experience with me. We then went to visit a man who had lived in a cave for many many years. As they spoke, in a language I could not comprehend, I knew exactly what they were saying and I took it all in. These moments remind me that the asana is a gateway to the soul, as is the breath, the meditation, the single-pointed focus, the ethical practices, and other limbs of yoga. That collectively my soul finds liberation – in community – in practice – day after day after day. In these times of despair with covid spiking in India, we recognize our liberation is bound and continue to support the work of the Salaam Baalak Trust providing medical care.