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Vinyasa Yoga: how to develop it “intellectually”

Interested in the history of Yoga?

Do you care about practicing Astanga, Iyengar or Hatha, would like to know more about the differences between various styles of Yoga? Then have a look at the interview led in 2004 with three famous gurus: Desikachar, Pattabhi Joïs and BKS Iyengar.


After being taught by the same Krishnamacharya in the 1930s Joïs and Iyengar took quite different approaches in their teaching methods.


For instance this is what Iyengar says about Vinyasa Yoga (breath synchronised movements), widely explored by Astanga practitionners:

I needed to find the bone of the right leg in opposition to the left. Do you know how to elongate it? Is the energy on the right leg equal to that on the left leg? Is the energy straight on the bank of the outer leg? So, these were all the things I had to discover. So, intelligence had to go into how to penetrate the postures to make sense of them. It is not just gymnastics or callisthenic-style—that is not what vinyasa is about. Vinyasa can be different from gymnastics, but then you have to develop it intellectually.

(BKS Iyengar, interview in Mysore, 2004)

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