Yoga Korunta

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Yoga Korunta Mean?

The “Yoga Korunta” is professed to be an ancient Sanskrit text about yoga, written by the ancient Sage Vamana. Its writings and teachings were used by Krishnamacharya to teach his students, including B.K.S. Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois. These teachings were subsequently used by Jois to form his Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga method.

There is some controversy over whether the text actually existed, as the original text did not survive. This debate has led some to question the credibility of different methods of yoga teaching.


Yogapedia Explains Yoga Korunta

The “Yoga Korunta” is said to be unusual. Unlike other books on yoga, it outlined a complete yoga method. It is claimed that Sage Vamana incarnated himself specifically to bring back the Ashtanga yoga method, which had almost been lost at the time of his birth. While in the womb, he meditated on Vishnu, and was taught the Ashtanga yoga system by Vishnu before his birth. Legend has it this took longer than nine months and Vamana refused to be born until he knew the whole system.

Vamana allegedly wrote the text in rhymed stanzas of sutras, as was typical for texts transmitted orally by gurus. He included teachings on asana groupings, vinyasa, bandhas, drishti and mudras.

However, this text was lost somehow over the centuries and it is said that Krishnamacharya was tasked with finding the “Yoga Korunta” by his guru, Ramamohan, when he parted with him in 1924. He eventually found the text in Calcutta, but it was written on palm leaves and had been severely damaged by ants. He transcribed and recorded the text, then passed it on orally to his students through his teachings.

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