The Father of Modern Yoga
Krishnamacharya is known as the Father of Modern Yoga. One of his key teachings was that each of us is unique. Each student needs to be “taught according to his or her individual capacity at any given time”. Krishnamacharya did the same with his own students, who went on to develop diverse styles of yoga unique to them. Whether we practice Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’ flowing Ashtanga series, or adhere to B.K.S. Iyengar-style alignment, we are students of students of Krishnamacharya. It is this respect for the individual that led to the genesis of The Yoga School.
My teachers Andrey Lappa and Noah Maze are very different men. However, they both use the phrase “yoga school” to emphasise the teaching of yoga. Andrey was the first to explain to me how modern yoga originated from the famous yogashala, a yoga institution established by Krishnamacharya at one of his student and patron the Maharaja of Mysore’s palaces in 1933.
Yogashala loosely translates as a yoga house: a place to learn and share yoga. The word “house” conveys a sense of security. A school is a place of learning, where students can explore and experiment in a safe environment with responsible teachers.
In Noah’s teacher trainings, he often talks about being at “yoga school” – both learning about yoga, and learning to teach yoga. I intend to remain a lifelong student of yoga, and support both students and teachers of yoga through The Yoga School. This is my purpose in starting The Yoga School.
We are individuals. Our practice will shift from day to day, year to year, and we need to have a healthy respect for these changes. Change is a part of the flow of life.