Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Gurus of Modern Yoga$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Mark Singleton and Ellen Goldberg

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199938704

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199938704.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 31 October 2020

T. Krishnamacharya, Father of Modern Yoga

T. Krishnamacharya, Father of Modern Yoga

(p.83) Chapter 4 T. Krishnamacharya, Father of Modern Yoga
Gurus of Modern Yoga

Mark Singleton

Tara Fraser

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores T. Krishnamacharya’s place as a guru of modern, transnational yoga. It offers a brief summary of his life and an examination of the core principles of his mature yoga teaching. It then considers some of Krishnamacharya’s pronouncements concerning the role of the guru before examining his relationship to his own gurus. The importance of his native Śrī Vaiṣṇavism is discussed, along with the apparent tension between his commitment to that faith and the discourse of religious universalism that pervades his organization’s teaching on yoga. Krishnamacharya’s own role as a guru and his creative adaptation and rewriting of tradition are then examined, followed by a consideration of the importance in his yoga teaching of bhakti (devotion). T. K. V. Desikachar is also considered, since Krishnamacharya’s later teachings are in many respects indistinguishable from Desikachar’s interpretations and mediations of those teachings.

Keywords:   guru, yoga, modern yoga, Krishnamacharya, Desikachar, bhakti, Śrī Vaiṣṇavism

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .