Today, Nov. 18, is Tirumalai Krishnamacharya’s birthday.
The teacher of not only Pattabhi Jois, aka Guruji, and B.K.S. Iyengar, he’s another who seems to prove that practice, practice, practice, and long life is coming.
Krishnamacharya (the grandfather of ALL yoga that you see out there these days) was born November 18, 1888.
As an expression of gratitude here are a few things I’ve learned from him, without ever knowing him, and that inspire me daily:
Messenger of Yoga
As a teacher he kept a low profile but that did not mean he stopped propagating the message of yoga, he just did it wisely. Matter of fact, when A.G. Mohan was to go onto a yoga conference in the 70’s that was the direct advise that Krishnamacharya gave him: “Propagate Yoga Wisely”
He was picky of the students he took on because he knew that they would reflect on him and wanted more than anything to please the wishes of his guru Bramacharya, who asked him to go into the world and propagate yoga. That he did.
Every yoga teacher out there has been influenced by Krishnamacharya whether we know it or not.
He took Yoga seriously and practiced all his life.
Krishnamacharya inspires me to get on the mat everyday. His determined eye gaze seems to pervade all around the place where I practice, I know he is watching!
love, #k 🙂
To inspire your own celebrating this season, sit for a spell and have some brew.
It is beginning to feel alot like Autumn! Holidays are right around the corner, ten days from today we will be witching you a Happy Halloween!
Caution! Skeleton Crossing
love, k 🙂
Crown Chakra Tune-Up Practice. Śīrṣāsana (आसन, Āsana) = pose, posture, seat. #shirshasana शीर्षासन, Śīrṣāsana = #headstand .. Integration of your entire being from head to toe experience plus a vast connection between your innermost self an all of life. ✨
Enlightened moments can spring forth at any time, as yoga practice is good to open you to the possibility and prime you to witness those moments of grace sprinkled throughout your day.
Working toward enlightenment may seem unrealistic, or completely beyond the scope of your radar. But regardless of whether you practice yoga to stay fit and healthy or to work toward complete liberation, do not miss the opportunity to practice of insight and positive action.
It is this integration to experience a vast connection between your innermost self and all life.
Sometimes you may just need to do a handstand. Aside from bringing out your inner child and just being fun to do, there are actually multiple ways handstands can benefit your health, especially if you do them on a daily basis.
Whether you do them against a wall or manage to do freestanding ones, here are three reasons why handstands are good to do everyday:
1) they increase balance.
2) they build core strength.
3) they make your upper body strength superpowerful.
Yoga and Social Justice. Co- creator of Laughing Yoga Centers in New York City and San Francisco and signature Lotus Flow Yoga, Jasmine Tarkeshi, reveals true essence as an instrument of divine love. This transformative 3 day teacher training, connects to the practices of Yoga with Social Justice, Activism, and Art, Asana, Pranayama, and Mantra.
Cracking the Codes is a systemic approach and designed to aid in understanding the system.
Kelly Krishna Dunn 🙂
Janu vasti is a part of panchakarma in Ayurveda. #janu refers to knee joint, #vasti is the procedure of applying heat to the area by preserving warm medicated oil for treatment and pooled into a compartment of flour built around the knee joint, #januvasti.
The art of mindfulness and loving kindness is the foundations for living with an open heart. Ustrasana is a classic heart chakra pose for opening and connecting.
The best heart chakra yoga poses are those that open the chest area as well as poses that draw energy into the heart. Situated in the Anahata, the 4th chakra is your point of balance. Balance, between the body and mind, balance between Heaven and Earth.
Ustrasana is also known as Camel pose, a strong asana that opens up your chest area, exposing you, making you vulnerable and more open to giving and receiving love.
One of the most challenging things in life is to be vulnerable. As we grow older we become more closed and constricted. We have been hurt many times and we feel the need to protect ourselves. Physically, we rotate our shoulders forward, we push out our chin and round our upper body to protect the heart. This constricts the flow of prana to the heart and creates an imbalance in the heart chakra. This yoga asana stretches the entire front of the body, abdomen, chest, and throat, as well as deep hip flexors. It strengthens your back muscles and stimulates organs in the abdomen and physically open your heart of course! Expanding and opening your chest to allow your heart to open. Bliss is in your heart, it just needs to be opened. For it is only when you approach life from a place of openness can you embody connectedness with all things.
To The Adventurous Soul,
Kelly Krishna Dunn 🙂
Baddha Konasana, is one of my absolute favorite yoga poses. A lovely hip opener and the perfect pose for meditation. Practicing this pose activates the lower two chakras, Muladhara and Svadisthana, or the Root Chakra and the Sacral Chakra. The Root Chakra connects to our sense of safety and security, as well as to our sexuality. Supta Baddha Konasana can relaunch your relaxed state of mind.
Find Santosha by practicing Baddha Konasana here on yoga-talk
Kelly Krishna Dunn 🙂