18 November 2023 – Birthday of Sri T. Krishnamacharya
Come gather with community of The Yoga Institute, as we celebrate the birthday of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, enjoy a variety of practices, discussions, sharing and a healthy ayurvedic breakfast.
Date: Saturday 18 November 2023
Time: 7:30am – 11:00am
Where: The Yoga Institute, 498 Miller Street, Cammeray
Included: Yoga Practice, ayurvedic breakfast, sharing circle, philosophy lesson/discussion & thanksgiving for those who came before us
Hosted by: Director of The Yoga Institute, Michael de Manincor
Who is it for? This special online gathering is for our special ‘Yoga Institute Family,’ including past & current students, teachers and friends of the centre.
Do I need to bring anything? No, just your beautiful self! You are welcome to bring your favourite yoga mat and anything else you wish to feel comfortable, but be assured mats, blocks, bolsters, cushions and blankets are all onsite.
Come reunite with friends and find more members of your spiritual family
Breakfast will include options for common dietary restrictions
Why We Honour Our Forebears
On 18 November, we have the extra pleasure of celebrating the birthday of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, a key figure in the unbroken chain of yoga knowledge and the source of our teachings here at The Yoga Institute.
We acknowledge, honour and give thanks to those who came before, who helped to pass the wisdom of yoga on. By honouring those who came before us, we can better be a link in an unbroken chain of yoga’s rich and healing traditions.
Honouring lineage connects our practice to something greater than ourselves, strengthens our ‘gratitude muscle’, and helps protect us from the hazards of over-associating with individual ego.
Honouring a lineage is not like joining a club, nor does it disregard the many other key figures in the modern history of yoga, or indeed anyone’s right to resonate with wisdom teachings from any source. Such thoughts can only lead to separation and the human tendency towards judgement: ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, ‘my way’ and ‘your way’. These are not helpful thoughts.
Krishnamacharya himself discouraged the tendency to want to separate categories of yoga. He described all branches of yoga as connected pieces of the same picture, they were all part of an integrated and holistic approach to wellbeing, and indeed to spiritual liberation, stating, “There is no jnana yoga without bhakti yoga. There is no bhakti yoga without hatha yoga”.
He and his son TKV Desikachar even leaned away from the over-use of the teaching approach terminology ‘Viniyoga’, in recognition that labels can lead to separation and judgement, and preferred to view it all as simply Yoga.
We offer acknowledgement and gratitude for Krishnamacharya’s life’s works and his synthesis of so much wisdom for the betterment of humankind.
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