Rama Mohan Brahmachari

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Rama Mohan Brahmachari is a legendary guru, who lived in a Himalayan mountain cave near Manasa Sarovar in Tibet with his wife and three children. He taught yoga and asanas to his many disciples, and is thought to have mastered 7000 asanas.

As well as teaching the yoga of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, it is said that Rama Mohan Brahmachari studied the mythical ancient yogic text, the “Yoga Korunta” by Vamana Rishi.

Rama Mohan Brahmachari is now best known for teaching his student Krishnamacharya about the early traditions of Ashtanga Yoga.

Yogapedia explains Rama Mohan Brahmachari

Krishnamacharya reported that he stayed in the cave with his guru Rama Mohan Brahmachari for seven years, mastering various aspects of yoga, including the yoga sutras, the therapeutic use of yoga and how to use yoga to stop the pulse.

This was said to have continued until 1918 when Rama Mohan Brahmachari instructed Krishnamacharya to leave for his native Mysore, start a family and begin teaching yoga to others. Krishnamacharya subsequently taught hundreds of students in Mysore, including Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

It is said that the modern day teachings of Pattabhi Jois’ Ashtanga Yoga derive directly from the teachings of Rama Mohan Brahmachari and the Yoga Korunta that he had studied. Pattabhi Jois endeavoured to keep the teachings as pure and unchanged as possible.

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