What is VK?

What are the essentials of Vinyasa Krama that we teach?
1) Do asanas with a number of vinyasas, or variations, in succession. It is the art form of yoga practice. Vinyasa means art, and it involves aesthetic variation within the specified parameters.
2) The basic parameters used in Vinyasa Krama are steadiness of the posture, a calm mind, synchronizing the breath with slow movement of the limbs, and while in the postures, having the mind closely following the breath.

Why practice Vinyasa Krama yoga?

To quote Sri Ramaswami: "Vinyasa Krama Yoga is an ancient practice of physical and spiritual development. It is a systematic method to study, practice, teach and adapt yoga. This Vinyasa Krama (movement and sequence methodology) approach to yogasana (yoga posture) practice is unique in all of yoga. By integrating the functions of mind, body and breath in the same time frame, a practitioner will experience the real joy of yoga practice. Each of the important postures (asanas) is practiced with many elaborate vinyasas (variations and movements). Each variation is linked to the next one by a succession of specific transitional movements, synchronized with the breath. the mind closely follows the slow, smooth, deliberate ujjayi yogic breathing; and the yoking of mind and body takes place with the breath acting as the harness."

What is Kaivalya?

Kaivalya = Absolute freedom from the bondage of matter. The ultimate goal of the Yogi.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"Way to Liberation" *NEW BOOK* from Sri Krishnamacharya's son and daughter!

Way to Liberation
Moksha Marga
Author Name : T.K. Sribhashyam,
Co-Author Name : Alamelu Sheshadri,
Binding : Paperback
10 Digit ISBN : 8124605998
13 Digit ISBN : 9788124605998
Edition : 1st edition
Year : 2011
Pages : xxii, 300p.
Bibliographic Details : Glossary; Bibliography; Index
Size : 23 cm
Price : $ 20

About The Book

The way to liberation or moksha needs perfect knowledge, perfect action and perfect surrender to the Lord. The bhakta becomes a bhagavata as he not only knows and sees but also lives as a servant of God. Moksha is the final approach to the purity and perfection of the human soul. This volume attempts an in-depth study of the concept of liberation or moksha and the way to attain it.

The book begins with the meaning of love, devotion, religion, the body-soul relation and the three yogas, an understanding of which is essential to understand the concept of moksha. In this context, it delves into the meaning of the Brahman, the Absolute, as conveyed in the Vedas and other religious works like the Upanishads and the Bhagavad-Gita, the concept of the universal spiritual entity of Sarveshvara, concepts of sin and virtue, and even the principles of monotheism and polytheism in Hinduism. Quoting from the scriptures and other relevant texts, it emphasises on the notion of devotion and its benefits to examine the means to self-realisation and liberation and includes a study of the concept of contemplation and meditation, including meditation techniques and practices, which is central to the attainment of moksha.

With interesting illustrations, the volume will be useful to religious scholars and students and seekers on the path of spiritual fulfilment.
Book Contents

Benediction by Sri B.K.S. Iyengar
List of Tables and Figures
1. Hinduism -- A Brief Perspective
2. Introduction

What is Love for Man?
What is Love that can Never be Measured?
The Impermanency of Human Love
Two Ultimate Aims in Man
Body-Soul Relation
Attachment to and Detachment from the Body
What is Devotion?
What is Religion?
The Cultivation of Devotion Without Religion
The Three Yogas

3. Concept of Liberation (Moksha)

Views on Soul and Liberation
Means to Liberation
Karma and Liberation
Liberation as the Aim of Devotion
Devotion and Libertion
Liberation: Yoga and Samkhya View

4. Brahman, the Absolute

Brahman in the Vedas
Brahman in the Upanishads
Brahman in Bhagavad-Gita
Brahman, the Unmanifest

5. The Universal Spiritual Entity, Sarveshvara

Concept of the Universal Spiritual Entity
Attributes of the Universal Spiritual Entity, God

One Without a Second -- Formless -- Incarnation -- Omniscient -- Omnipotent -- Non-intrusive -- Just and benevolent -- Monotheism and Polytheism -- Narayana -- Vishnu -- Krishna -- Sudarshana -- Shiva -- Shri as Goddess -- Concept of Hiranyagarbha (the Golden Egg) -- Jesus as God, Guru and Saints -- Conception of a religion-free God

6. Concept of Sin and Virtue

Concept of Karma
Concept of Sin
The Universal Spiritual Entity is not the Judge of Our Sin
Role of Sin and Vice

7. Peaceful Emotion, Shanta Rasa

Birth of Human Emotions
Peaceful Emotion, Shanta Rasa
Shanta Rasa and Bhakti

8. Benefits of Devotion

Devotion Reduces the Consequences of the Activities of Other Emotions
Realisation Reduces the Consequences of Klesha and Karma

Avidya -- Asmita -- Raga -- Dvesha -- Abhinivesha

9. Devotion as a Means to Self-realisation, Atma-Gyana

Brahman and Our Consciousness

10. Meditation Techniques in Hinduism

Upasana, Vidya
32 Vidyas of the Upanishads
Meditation in the Puranas
Meditation in Vaishnavism
Meditation in Shaivism
Meditation in Tantra, Tantradhyana

11. Practical Exercises in Contemplation and Meditation

Five steps to meditation

Preparatory Practices -- Contemplation -- Meditation -- Dedication -- Practice

Preparatory Practices

Confidence in a Spiritual Teacher -- Precious Human Life -- Death Consciousness -- The Risk of a Downgraded Life -- Karma and Its Effects -- Developing Renunciation -- Developing Equanimity -- Recognising the Kindness of all Beings -- Cherishing Others Equally -- Compassion


Peaceful Mind -- Vision of the Self -- Renunciation of the I-ness -- Refuting the Permanence of the Body

Vision of the Ultimate
Dedication of Meditation

About the authors:
Mr. T.K. Sribhashyam obtained his Master's degree in accountancy as well as in Hindu philosophy. He also received intensive lessons on yoga philosophy, and Indian psychology. Ayurveda, the Indian medical science, was another subject of study under his father, Sri T. Krishnamacharya. Since 1971, he has been transmitting his father's teachings in Europe, in French as well as in English. In 1999, the Mysore Sanskrit College conferred on him the title of Acharya for his faithful and devoted teachings of Hindu philosophy. He is the Head of all Yogakshemam schools in Europe. His book Emergence du Yoga (in French) has been recently published from France and its English translation is under preparation. Two of his books in English viz. Blissful Experience-Bhakti -- Quintessence of Indian Philosophy and From Devotion to Total Surrender-Shanagati Yoga -- In the Light of Indian Philosophy are appearing from India in 2012. He has published many articles in different yoga journals in Europe. He is an honorary life member of the International Yoga Federation and the World Yoga Council.

Mrs. Alamelu Sheshadri, second daughter of Sri T. Krishnamacharya, is graduated from Mysore University. Sri T. Krishnamacharya initiated her to Yajurveda, tought her all major Upanishads, Brahmasutras and the Bhagavad-Gita in the traditional way. He also trained her in yoga, both practically and philosophically. From 1985 until 1989 she continued studying many philosophical subjects, especially Vishishtadvaita.