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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Breath Centric Yoga Practice for Health and Healing:

The Breath Centric Yoga Tradition of T.Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar

with Ravi Shankar

(Two Day Training)


In this two day training we will cultivate an understanding of the Yogic tradition of T.Krishnamacharya, and TKV Desikarchar.  We will study :

●An Overview of the Origins of Yoga: Yoga as a darsana, one of the six classical systems of Indian philosophy that have evolved from the Vedas.

●The Foundations of a Breath-Centered Practice for Health and Healing: Introducing the Yogic Tradition of

T. Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar. The integration of body-breath-mind as it happens through the use of the breath.

●In-depth exploration of the Yoga Sutra of Pantanjali (Chapter 2): How it applies to our asana practice and how aspects of yama, niyama and dharana are integrated into the practice.

●Healing and therapy: the role of the breath in regulating the physiological system and returning it to a state of harmony and balance.

Required text: The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar



Vedic and Yoga Sutra Chanting- Entering an Enchanted Space:

In this one day training we will explore the tradition, theory and practice of Vedic and Sutra Chanting with Sheela Shankar. We will use selected passages from the Vedas and the Sutras.

(One Day Training)


We will learn:

●To chant the Yoga Sutra of Pantanjali (chapter 1)

●Explore how chanting applies to the practice of Yoga

●Various non-religious Vedic Chants

●Discuss Chanting’s relevance in today’s health and wellness settings

Required text: The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar

The Vedas are taught and chanted in their original form. From generation to generation, these passages were passed down without any change in pronunciation or manner of chanting.

Many of the goals of Yoga can be met through the practice of Vedic chanting such as focusing the mind (improving mental clarity), improving physical health, and improving mental state.

Did you know that T. Krishnamacharya would not teach his son Desikachar the meaning of the Yoga Sutra until he could chant it perfectly?

Chanting is used in many religions. However, at YogaFit Vedic and Yoga Sutra chanting is taught in the same context as Yoga, which has no religious connotations. Yoga’s goal is to address both body and mind of every person regardless of gender, race, age or belief.  Vedic chanting has this same aim.


The Yoga Tradition of T.Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar and Yoga Sutra of Pantanjali (chapter 1)

(One Day Training)


Sri T. Krishnamacharya believed Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra was the most important text to study to help us understand and practice Yoga.

Join Ravi Shankar in this one day training where we will investigate study and discuss the first chapter of the Yoga Sutra. Chapter 1 of the Yoga Sutra contains the entire philosophical framework of Yoga. An understanding of this philosophy will enrich our practice greatly.

Required text: The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar



Presenter's Bios:
Ravi Shankar and Sheela Shankar

Ravi Shankar and Sheela Shankar, are both students of T.K.V. Desikachar, who is one of the most influential yoga teachers of our time. Sri Desikachar’s father and teacher was Sri T. Krishnamacharya, who is considered the grandfather of modern yoga. Both Ravi and Sheela completed the intense two-year Diploma of Yoga conducted by the Krishnamacharya Yoga Manidram in Chennai and taught there for many years.

Ravi specializes in pranayama, asana and philosophy while Sheela specializes in Chanting. They currently run their own Yoga school, Yoga Nidhi – a center for Yoga and Vedic Chanting, in Chennai, India (

Ravi was the Scholar-in-Residence at Denison University, Granville, Ohio in 2008-09 and has conducted Wellness, Stress Management and Learning programs for many leading corporate houses in India.

Sheela is a musician trained in both the classical music traditions of India – Carnatic and Hindustani. She uses her meditative music at the end of a practice session to transport the students to a place of quiet and stillness.

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