The story of yoga


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Yoga is practiced by millions today. But in the early 1900s yoga was unkown and on the decline. What happened that led to this tranformation? This story tells you how yoga moved from the obscurity of the caves in the himalayas and into our everyday lives. The story of yoga is the story of extraordinary sacrifice and extraordinary people. Now in about 5 minutes you will get this story that has never been told in this way before!

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The story of yoga

  1. 1. The story of Yoga The story of how Yoga came to you
  2. 2. A guru and a student <ul><li>Out on the “roof of the world” in a cave in Tibet a student studied at his gurus feet. </li></ul><ul><li>After seven years, as his studies neared its end, the student approached his guru with a question. </li></ul>
  3. 3. No ordinary guru <ul><li>The guru was one of the last remaining masters of the yoga with knowledge of more than 7000 yoga-postures. </li></ul>
  4. 4. No ordinary student either <ul><li>The student was an extraordinary genius who had mastered ancient eastern philosophies. </li></ul><ul><li>He had received degrees, accolades, and prizes and was sought after by religious institutions looking for leaders. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Guru’s compensation <ul><li>The question the student asked his guru was: How should he to compensate him for his 7 year stay and study? </li></ul><ul><li>They followed the ancient Indian system where the guru is compensated only after the studies are over. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Pivotal moment <ul><li>This was a pivotal moment for all whose life has been touched by yoga. </li></ul><ul><li>What the guru would ask from his student will go on to change the course of the world for all time to come. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The guru’s wish <ul><li>The guru said, “I do not want anything for myself. I want you to get married and I want you to spread Hatha-yoga (the yoga of postures) to the world.” </li></ul>
  8. 8. A shrewd move <ul><li>The guru knew his student well. Though he was an unparalleled genius he had a touch of “intellectual intoxication.” </li></ul>
  9. 9. Closing the door <ul><li>If he became head of a religious order, as was likely, he would be shielded and his religious and intellectual dogma may grow. </li></ul><ul><li>By asking him to get married and spread hatha-yoga the guru closed the door to this option. </li></ul>
  10. 10. The student departs <ul><li>The student had no idea of the difficulties he was about to face. </li></ul><ul><li>All he knew was that he had to comply with the wishes of his guru. </li></ul><ul><li>He bowed before his guru and took leave. He eventually went back home and got married. </li></ul>
  11. 11. A dive into poverty <ul><li>This was early 1900’s and Hatha-yoga was looked down upon. </li></ul><ul><li>The student faced extreme hardship and poverty. At one time he was so poor that he had to use as his loin cloth a piece of his wife’s sari. </li></ul>
  12. 12. The rebirth of hatha-yoga <ul><li>The hardships softened the student up and over time he became less rigid and dogmatic. He learned to adapt his vast knowledge to the needs of the common people. </li></ul><ul><li>He even agreed to accept women as his students. </li></ul><ul><li>What emerged was a flowering of ancient wisdom applied brilliantly to the needs of modern times. </li></ul>
  13. 13. T. Krishnamacharya <ul><li>The name of the student was T. Krishnamacharya. </li></ul><ul><li>The name of his guru was Yogi Ramamohana Brahmachari. </li></ul><ul><li>This is a picture of T Krishnamacharya at the age of 100. </li></ul><ul><li>(A picture of much younger Krishnamacharya on slide 4) </li></ul>
  14. 14. An extraordinary legacy <ul><li>Amongst his students are the big names of yoga we know today: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>B.K.S Iyengar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pattabhi Jois </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indra Devi </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TKV Desikachar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A. G. Mohan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Srivastava Ramaswami </li></ul></ul><ul><li>They in turn taught some of the most extraordinary yoga teachers we have with us today. </li></ul>
  15. 15. An accident <ul><li>At the age of 95 Krishnamacharya suffered an accident. </li></ul><ul><li>He forgot that he had repositioned his chair the previous day. </li></ul><ul><li>Early morning 3 am the following day he suffered a fall and broke his hip as he tried to sit on the chair in the dark. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Doctor’s recommendation <ul><li>His doctor was shocked to find a man of 95 so healthy that he seemed to be in his 60’s. Against all accepted norms, he recommended surgery for a 95 year old! </li></ul><ul><li>Krishnamacharya refused and he passed 5 years later in February 1989 at the age of 100. </li></ul>
  17. 17. A guru’s wish fulfilled <ul><li>Had he accepted surgery he would have lived on much longer. But he knew that he had to move on. </li></ul><ul><li>Hatha-yoga had spread to every corner of the world and was practiced by millions. </li></ul><ul><li>He had accomplished his guru’s wish and his task here on earth was done. </li></ul>
  18. 18. MyLifeYoga <ul><li>Allow Hatha Yoga to open the door to deeper meaning and joy in your life. </li></ul><ul><li>Join us at MyLifeYoga on Facebook and let us take this journey into deeper meaning and joy together. </li></ul><ul><li>Watch out for more such presentations. </li></ul>
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