“The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.”
– T.K.V. Desikachar
It may then simply be stated, that if our relationships are in good health, our yoga is working…
Knowing what’s left after setting aside the obstacles
There is a fundamental simplicity to the process of Yoga that is outlined in the Yoga Sutras. While the process might appear very complicated when reading the Yoga Sutras and many commentaries, the central theme is one of removing, transcending or setting aside the obstacles, veils or false identities.
The many suggestions in the Yoga Sutras are the details or refinements of how to go about doing this. By being ever mindful of this core simplicity it is much easier to systematically progress on the path of Yoga.
“The ultimate goal of yoga is to always observe things accurately, and therefore never act in a way that will make us regret our actions later.”
– T.K.V. Desikachar
The true self shines through
Once the obstacles and false identities have been temporarily set aside, the true Self, which has been there all along, naturally comes shining through.
The rest of the time, we are so entangled with our false identities that we literally do not see that this misidentification has happened.
It is the reason that sometimes it is said that we are asleep, and that we need to awaken. That awakening to the Self is the meaning of Yoga.
The viniyoga approach to teaching yoga
The term viniyoga has been used by T.K.V. Desikachar (son of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya) to describe his approach to utilizing the tools of yoga, in particular his conviction that yoga practice should be adapted to fit the individuality and particular situation of each practitioner.
Our teachers have trained extensively with this approach as the primary focus and teach in the lineage of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya.
“Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other”.
Yoga should always be adapted to the needs, circumstances and goals of each individual, never the individual to fit the yoga.