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Sunday, 3 February 2013

Emergence du Yoga by Krishnamacharya's Son T. K. Shribashyam

T. K. Shribashyam's website  http://www.yogakshemam.net/English/homepage.html

I was sent a few pages of the French edition of  T. K. Shribashyam book, Emergence du Yoga ( Thank You E.)

"...it has been recently published from France and its English translation is under preparation".

Looks interesting, a curious layout of 58 Daily practise suggestion(?) ( see pictures 12 + 13 below) that seem familiar from the Life Saving practice presented in the recent Movie on Krishnamacharya, The Breathing God, already out in German and due out in English this year. I've included Chiara's English translation of the Life Saving practice at the bottom of the page, this book has another 57 of these!

There's also appear to be substantial sections on Pranayama and Mudra ( as well as some practice suggestions focussing on Mudra, concentration on particular Chakra ) as well as the Origin/ History of Yoga and what seems to be a large section on Prana.

On page 71, the general guidelines for practice, we get an outline of the structure to a 45 minute practice is presented.

1 Pranayama : Ujjayi Anuloma, Ujjayi Viloma, Ujjayi Prathiloma or Sitali ( no doubt depending on the season) 12 breaths in either of those or perhaps a combination.

2. Standing asana 6 breaths

3.  Asana on the back ( Supine?) 6 breaths

4.  Asana on the belly ( Bow posture(s) 3 breaths

5.  Shoulderstand  12 breaths

6.  Headstand 12 breaths

7   Shoulderstand  variation(s) 12 breaths

8.  An Asana on the belly ( no doubt as counter to the shoulder stand) 3 breaths

9.  Seated asana ( to reset the internal organs after inversions?) 6 breaths

10.  Mudra 12 breaths

UPDATE: And what of this?


An outline of Krishnamacharya's own practice?

Apercu des séances pratiques de mon père- Overview practice sessions of my father

Kapala bhati- 32 breaths

Ujjayi Anuloma - 6 cycles A.K. (antha-kumbhaka = holding at top of inhalation) 5 seconds, Concentration Kanta 

Utthita pada Angushta Asana - 6 breaths B.K. (Bhya-kumbhaka = holding at end of exhalation) 5 seconds, Inhalation concentration: Mula  and Kanta , Exhalation Concentration: Kanta 

Bhujanga Asana - 3 breaths, Concentration: bhrumadhya 

Sarvanga Asana - 12 breaths, Concentration: kanta

Shirsasana Asana - 12 Breaths, Concentration: lalata 

Ardha padma hala asana - 3 breaths

Hala asana  - 3 breaths

Karna Pida Asana - 3 breaths

Adho Mukha padma Asana - 3 breaths, Concentration: Kanta 

Ardha baddha Padma Paschimathana asana - 3 breaths, inhalation Concentration: nabhi, Exhalation Concentration: Kanta 

Badha Kona Asana - 12 Breaths, Inhalation Concentration: Mula and Shirsha Exhalation Concentration Mula 

Basti ( pranayama) 60 cycles

Nadi Shodana ( pranayama) - cycles, Abhyantara Vritthi
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Notes

Concentration points?
Bandhas of Chakras? 
Mula = mula bandha or muladhara Chakra
Kanta = throat, so jalandhara bhnada or the throat chakra
Bhrumadhya and lalata are around the middle of the brow, between the eyebrows, 'third eye' are suggesting Anja chakra
Shirsha? Shushumna?

Kumbhaka - breath retention
A.K. (antha-kumbhaka = holding at top of inhalation)
B.K. (Bhya-kumbhaka = holding at end of exhalation)

I practiced it this morning, quite a profound practice. I started with the pranayama, added in my usual ten minute VK tadasana sequence and the Yoga Makaranda approach to suryanamaskara, with the staying in each posture for three to five breaths inc. kumbhakas, then carried on with the routine above. I included a couple of extra Vinyasa Krama subroutines as I had the time but otherwise stuck to Krishnamacharyas practice.
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Really looking forward to getting my hands on an English Translation.
















11 Overview practice sessions of my father



Tenir l'Inde secrète entre ses mains. Découvrir, comprendre, approcher la philosophie la plus profonde du yoga, issue d'une tradition plusieurs fois millénaire, sans modification aucune dans sa transmission d'un maître à l'autre et pourtant toujours adaptée au disciple qui s'y intéresse.

Il ne s'agit pas d'un enseignement secret car interdit, ou réservé aux plus savants, aux plus érudits. Il est question ici d'une dissimulation hors de toute coquetterie esthétique et élitiste. C'est une dissimulation accessible au curieux, au chercheur, à l'effort. Pour être retenu avec toute sa valeur, cet enseignement se mérite parce qu'il se trouve.

Ce livre expose une pratique de plus en plus partagée, en plein essor, à la vue de tous ceux qui s'interrogent sur la meilleure façon de vivre dans un environnement difficile et agressif. Et pourtant, ce livre parle d'une chose précieuse, d'une richesse rarement exposée : l'origine d'une science précise qui s'adresse à notre corps, notre mental, notre âme.

L'occasion vous est offerte aujourd'hui de découvrir le trésor enfoui derrière les pratiques posturales et respiratoires, hautement détaillées par ailleurs. Vous allez percevoir la quintessence extraite des usages et expériences : c'est l'émergence du yoga expliquée par un grand maître.

            Patrice Delfour

Google translation of the above.

India keep secret his hands. Discover, understand, approach the deeper philosophy of yoga, following a tradition of several thousand years, without any change in its transmission from one master to another and yet always adapted to the disciple who is interested.

It is not a secret teaching as prohibited or restricted to the most learned, the most learned. It is a question here of a cover out of coquetry aesthetic and elitist. It is a curious concealment accessible, researcher at the effort. To be retained with all its value, this teaching because it is worth.

This book presents a practical increasingly shared booming in the sight of all those who are wondering about the best way to live in a difficult and aggressive. And yet, this book is about a precious thing, a wealth of rarely exposed: the origin of a precise science that speaks to our body, our mind, our soul.

The opportunity is offered to you today to discover the buried treasure behind postural and breathing practices, highly detailed elsewhere. You will perceive the essence extracted uses and experiences: this is the emergence of yoga explained by a great master.

             Patrice Delfour


And some more samples for the French reader that can also be found on this page http://www.yogakshemam.net/French/EmergenceDuYoga_Infos.html




From the jacket of the Movie on Krishnamacharya, Breath of the Gods ( thank you to Chiara for the translation). See my previous post Pimping up Krishnamacharya's Life saving yoga 

"Starting from the 50s more and more visitors came from the West to Krishnamacharya in Madras, to learm Yoga from him, the 'teacher of teachers'. Krishnamacharya developed for them a specific sequence that he named 'Life saving yoga session'. Yoga to extend life, the name did not fail to work. Krishnamacharya's idea was to use this sequence to lead Westerners to an unconfessional and undogmatic experience of the Divine, since their pluralistic culture would not permit an automatic access to religious matters.
The sequence, which was not taught anymore after Krishnamacharya's death and which was taught by his son TK shribayam to director Jan Schmidt-Garre after years of acquaintance during the filming of 'Der atmende Gott', is here disclosed in its original form.
Characteristic of the later Krishnamacharya and of the 'Life saving Yoga session' is the connection of postures, breathing and concentration in the sense of the orientation of the gaze and awareness of a focal point. Only when these elements form an organic connection can Yoga happen, according to Krishnamacharya

1. sit for 30-60 seconds with crossed legs in Padmasana. Concentration on Nasagra (point of the nose)

2. 16-24 Kapalabhati breaths (breath of fire, energeti inhale and exhale)

3. 12 breaths of ujjayi anuloma. Inhale: ujjayi, with slightly constricted throat, to drwa air into the lungs. Exhale: the hand forms a claw with thumb, ring- and little-fingers with which one nostril is alternately kept closed. Exhale very slowly through the open nostril, without ujjayi, beginning with the left

4. 3 breaths in matsyasana. Legs are closed in the lotus position

5. 3 breaths in bhujangasana. Start with open eyes and during the progression of movement, which start with the forehead, close the eyes. Concentration on Bhrumhadya (between the eyebrows)

6. 12 breaths in sarvangasana. The chin is closed in front of the straightened body. Hands close to the shoulderblades, concentration on Kanta (throat)

7. 12 breaths in sirsasana. Concentration on Nasagra (tip of the nose)

8. 3 breaths in halasana. Arms on the floor, hands clasped, palms towards the outside

9. 3 breaths in bhujangasana. Again start with open eyes and close them during the movement. Cncentration on Bhrumadhya (between the eyebrows)

10. 12 breaths in Maha-mudra (one-sided forward bend) six times on the left, then six times on the right. With the first inhale bring the arms over the head, with hands clasped, palms up. With the exhale get into the posture. Concentration on navel

11. 12 breaths in paschimottanasana, preparation and in maha mudra. The hands clasp the big toes, the back stays straight, neck and back form a lune. Concentration on the navel.

12. 30-60 Bastri breaths (rapid alternate breathing) in padmasana. The right hand builds a clasp as for anuloma ujjayi. Inhale and exhale through the left nostril, then change the grip and rapidly inhale and exhale through the right nostril. No ujjayi. end with an exhale from the left nostril and without pause move ot a long inhale in nadi shodan. Concentration on Nasagra

13. 12 breaths in nadi shodan (alternate breathing). Inhale very slowly from the half-closed left nostril, exchange grip ad after a short pause exhale very slowly through the half-closed right nostril. After a short pause inhale very slowly through the half-closed right nostril, change grip and after a short pause exhale through the half-clodes left nostril. No ujjayi. The left hand counts the breaths, with the thumb gliding over the twelve parts of the four fingers, from the third falanx of the little fingers in the direction towards outside to the point of the index finger. Concentration on Hrudaya (heart)

14. Prayer. Concentration on Hrudaya (heart)

In the coming book fom Shribashyam "How Yoga really was" this and similar sequences are explained in detail

*Thank you again to Chiara fro the translation from the German.

Here are some print out practice sheets.




15 comments:

  1. You live in a neverending christmas time, allways getting presents, but at the send time, we all too, receiving gem from papa yoganoel, every morning I wake up searching with ilusion for a new jewel. thanks thanks thanks

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    1. 'Papa yoganoel', HO Ho Ho, : )
      thanks for this Oscar, made laugh out loud when I read it

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  2. Looking forward to all those sessions. I use the life-saving practice on evenings.

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    1. yes, me too Anon, we have a couple to be going on with. I really liked practicing the Life saving practice, still use it as a framework for my VK practice

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  3. Another great book to look forward to. Do you know G if the book has been released yet in French? I cant seem to find it anywhere

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    1. It's on the French Amazon site Anon
      http://www.amazon.fr/EMERGENCE-DU-YOGA-T-K-SRIBHASHYAM/dp/2746632659
      The publishers say it's currently being translated into English.

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  4. Hi Anthony thanks as usual for sharing useful stuff!

    Another book you may want to check isTKV Desikachar's Religiousness in Yoga, published by the University Press of America. I am currently reading it, but am nowhere as good as you in providing 'reports'. But briefly...
    It really has nothing to do with religousness (except of course that Yoga is ultimately a spiritual practice) but is a collection of lectures that Desikachar gave at Colgate University in 1976. The title may be related to the University course to which TKV was invited to contribute, I am not sure.
    It contains the essence of TKV's teachings, bit of theory and practice on Yoga's practical and philosophical aspects, often in a question and answer format.
    Once again, one of the great merits of TKV (in my opinion) is to make things simple and understandable to the Western mind, practical examples and down-to-earth suggestions, from the philosophy to how to build a practice.
    I am halfway through it but I can feel I can already wholeheartedly recommend it if you like me want to make a sort of comparative analysis of Krishnamacharya's long term students' teachings.
    Chapters in the book deal with; Meaning and Urpose of Yoga; Principles of Practice; Concepts of Avidhya and Dukha; Practice Planning; Dukha and the Concept of Samskara; Purusa and Prakrti; Improvisation in Asana; Yama, Niyama and Asana, the First three Angas of Yoga; The Practical Aspects of Pranayama; The Fourth Anga, Pranayama; Antaranga Sadhana, An Introduction to the Last Four Angas; Choosing a Ratio and the Proper Technique for Pranayama; The Antaranga Sadhana, Samyama and Kaivalya; The Concept, Preparation and Techniques of Bandhas; Antarayah, Ovstables to Progress: Techniques to Overcome Them; Session for Wuestions; Various Approaches to Yoga; The Way the Mind Functions and the Cncept of Nirodha.

    If there is any specific chapter you are interested in, let me know..

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    1. I have it Chiara...feel a little bad now that you've said so much about it but good for anyone else reading. Yes, excellent, everybody should read it who practices, excellent intro. to the broader subject.

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  5. Thx for this post, Tony. Been waiting patiently for the English edition myself.

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  6. Cannot wait for the English translation. Looks like it'll be a great complement to Yoga Makaranda. Hopefully it'll be out in time for Ramaswami's visit here in May, but maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part. Thanks for sharing!

    I'm curious, how does Religiousness in Yoga compare to The Heart of Yoga? Would you recommend it in addition to The Heart of Yoga, or is there considerable overlap between the two? Likewise, any thoughts on Health, Healing, And Beyond: Yoga And The Living Tradition Of Krishnamacharya?

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  7. Religiousness in Yoga has a broader remit perhaps than 'Heart' Nick, which is aimed a little more at the beginner. The former is based on lecture notes and Q&A from a course with university students I believe. Goes into more detail, an excellent format, one of those books that almost comes about by accident, that you couldn't plan and is just perfect as it is. Highly recommended.
    I prefer health healing beyond, to Yoga of the Yogi I'd only get the latter if you find it really cheap used on Amazon, some good stuff in. Out of all of them I'd go for Mohan's Krishnamacharya bio, has a charm about it.

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  8. Agree with Anthony.
    While The Heart of Yoga is a more introductory text, very inspirational and easy to read (and contains the Yoga Sutras commented by TKV, exactly the same comments you get in the iPad App by the way), Religiousness in Yoga appears to be more like a reference text, or at least can be used as such, there is more detailed description of techniques and is perhaps less indicated for true beginners.
    I must say that reading The Heart of Yoga has changed my life. It gave me an even stronger motivation to pursue Yoga as a way of life. It was one of the required readings in my initial YTT.

    Personally, I like Health Healing and Beyond but I did not find is as illuminating as The Hearth of Yoga. Perhaps if I had read it first...
    It was like going to Tokyo after having been to Hong Kong. I appreciated these different worlds perhaps even more but the amazement had already been taken by that first exposure to a totally different culture. You know what I mean?

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    1. Thank you Chiara, had hoped you might come in on this too.

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  9. Yoga, a lifestyle and a way of life
    Sri TK Sribhashyam conference in August 2003 in Zinal

    In describing the many aspects of yoga, the sage Vyasa, the first commentator on Yoga Sutra of Patanjali emphasizes that yoga is not only a lifestyle but also a lifestyle. He stated that the yoga student can learn to control his intellect, respect teachers and those around us, to cultivate the good word (which gives us a pure mind and cleanses the body of impurities), cultivate a healthy mind, develop an ego free from selfish acquire a contemplative state of mind and get a meditative heart.

    When we study traditional texts such as the Yoga Sutra, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gherunda Samhitha, Shiva Samhitha, Gôraksha Paddati, Târâvali Yoga, Yoga Kuranta or some Puranas like Shiva Purana, Garuda Purana, or work on Tantra, we find systematic following topics:
    · Respect for teachers.
    · The ethical codes.
    · The moral disciplines.
    · Guidance for the development of human character, for himself and in relation to others.
    · Indications for a healthy body and a strong mind.
    · Guidance to cultivate a contemplative state of mind.
    · Guidance to develop a meditative heart.
    · The Way to unite with God or unite with the Supreme.
    · Practical exercises as Asana, Mudra and Prânâyâma.

    While each book explains in detail just a few of these points, they remind everyone of the importance of all these issues.
    Unfortunately, limiting our study to a single book, we are attracted by chapters or sub-chapters that develop and we believe this is the only way and the only goals of Yoga.
    The Yoga Sutra is a perfect example of this phenomenon: we hear so much about Yama and Niyama we do not realize that the Yoga Sutra emphasizes is the importance of mental development, physical health, a contemplative mind of emotional control and good management of his intellect.
    Similarly, in the texts of Hatha Yoga, asana practice is related to this discipline as we neglect the importance it gives to human behavior, dietary rules, the practice of pranayama and meditation.
    About Tantra, it is so often associated with energy and sexual practices as ethical, moral and spiritual are almost ignored. Paradoxically, it is the best treatment for acquiring a meditative mind.
    Yoga Yâjnyavalkya simultaneously describes the social conduct to follow and the interrelationship between social behavior and the development of a meditative mind. In this book, the principles of Yama and Niyama and techniques Dharana Dhyana and are explained in detail.
    Yoga and Yoga Kuranta Târâvali are two books that expose not only practical but also spiritual aspects of health. They give many tips on women's health, their lifestyle during menstruation, during pregnancy and after childbirth. They also prescribe the conduct man must follow to his wife and to other women.
    Rashasya Yoga is an important work written by a renowned philosopher of Advaita Vedanta Vishishta. It is a medical treatise on Yoga and Ayurveda. There are physiological actions of asana, pranayama and mudra, and also information about modern diseases which have their origin in the lack of respect for ethical and moral codes.
    I could go on this list, citing other works, because like any science, science in the sense of "applied knowledge", the overall appearance of yoga can be assessed and applied only student in its entirety .
    My thirty-three years of experience in Europe helped me realize how yoga teachers today are not only interested in the physical aspect of yoga, but also all other aspects of being human: cultural, psychological and spiritual. theme this year is proof of Zinal.

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    1. Thank you for this Anon, really hope to get the opportunity to study with him soon.

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A Reminder

from Kalama sutra, translation from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi This blog included.

"So, as I said, Kalamas: 'Don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, "This contemplative is our teacher." When you know for yourselves that, "These qualities are unskillful; these qualities are blameworthy; these qualities are criticized by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to harm & to suffering" — then you should abandon them.' Thus was it said. And in reference to this was it said.

"Now, Kalamas, don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, 'This contemplative is our teacher.' When you know for yourselves that, 'These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness' — then you should enter & remain in them. Buddha - Kalama Sutta
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