Definition - What does Krishnamacharya mean?

Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888-1989), or Krishnamacharya for short, was an Indian Ayurvedic healer, scholar and yoga teacher. He is thought of as the “Father of Modern Yoga” as many of his practices influenced yoga as it is known and practiced today.

Most notably, Krishnamacharya helped to bring Hatha yoga back into popularity.

Yogapedia explains Krishnamacharya

Krishnamacharya was considered a cultivator of the yogic postures, developing and perfecting the asanas and optimizing the sequence in which they are performed. His father began teaching him yoga at the age of five. Due to his education in Ayurveda, he emphasized the healing and therapeutic properties of the asanas, especially a practice incorporating pranayama.

Many consider him to be the developer of Vinyasa yoga and also to have placed the importance on the headstand and shoulder stand that is now practiced today. Although he had many students, some of his that went on to become influential yoga teachers include B.K.S. Iyengar, T.K.V. Desikachar, Indra Devi, and K. Pattabhi Jois.

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