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The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice

4.3  ·  Rating details ·  3,089 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
ISBN-0892816813 -- xxviii. 244 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Paperback, 242 pages
Published October 31st 1995 by Inner Traditions International (first published 1995)
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Ines
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in yoga
When I first began yoga, I loved going to class but found my at-home practice to be uninspiring, so I really only practiced in class. I bought this book to help develop my personal practice. Unfortunately, I was a beginner and found this book to be over my head. I could see it was a good source about yoga, but it seemed so foreign, intimidating, and distant from my everyday life. I imagined it was written by someone who lives in a lovely, peaceful secluded place where they can just meditate and ...more
Bernie Gourley
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yoga
This book’s author, T.K.V. Desikachar, was the son and student of T. Krishnamacharya. If you’re not a well-read and/or Indian yoga practitioner, there’s a good chance the latter name means nothing to you, and yet your practice has likely been influenced profoundly by him. He was the teacher of B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, and Indira Devi. Iyengar, who recently passed away, popularized the use of props (blocks, straps, bolsters, etc.) as a means to achieve proper alignment until one’s flexibili ...more
Monica
After reading so many books on yoga, this is probably the best that I have come across! I am extremely happy to have found and read this. I really believe that when you have a need, and articulate it, the right thing would come your way. Just like when it is said that the guru will appear when the student is ready, this book is most suited for me at this point of my practise.

I find TKV Deshikachar's approach is similar to many of my own personal beliefs when practising and teaching yoga, so I fi
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Chaundra
Jan 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tracie Pope
Recommended to Chaundra by: Rachel Burton
Shelves: that-shaped-me, yoga
A great book to reflect over and provides some really wonderful insights into what is a very healing and balanced approach to yoga. You go through the whole thing thinking "This man speaks sense". I'm not sure I'm quite ready to incorporate all of it into my practice (and some of it I might never), but the parts that I have, have made a difference already. A great one for people looking to start to delve a bit deeper into a very authentic, yet adaptable philosophy of yoga.
Laura
May 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book on all aspects of yoga that is comprehensive without feeling tedious or too heavy. Written by T.K.V. Desikachar, the son of Krishnmacharya, it strikes a perfect tone where you feel like your teacher is beside you guiding you along your journey. Krishnamacharya is credited with spreading yoga to the west, as he taught yoga indiscriminately to both Indians and Westerners alike as well as women (small side note: How the Brahmin class for centuries could have thought that w ...more
Wendy Coulter
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always on my bedside table & rarely travel without it.
Sarah
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to really say I'm "finished" with this book, because I've gone back so many times and read and re-read and highlighted so many passages!
Needless to say, this is one of the cornerstones of my yoga journey and practice and the wisdom and practical information in this book keep me coming back time and time again.
Kirtida Gautam
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chakra-6
This is one of the best books I have read on Yog. Brilliant.
Angela Dawn
This is a wonderful resource for those interested in developing a personal Yoga practice with depth and meaning.
in addition to practical and expert advice about the asanas(postures)of Hatha Yoga. This book gives the reader a rich insight into the Yoga tradition in terms that are amenable to the minds of modern readers.
Additionally, this book is a loving tribute from a son
T.V.K. Desikachar, to his father, a true Yoga Master of the old school, Tirumalai Krishnamacharya(1888 to 1989)
who was a lege
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Abby
Nov 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, yoga
July 2009:
Namaste Book Club first book club pick.









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Review for Yoga Teacher Training December 2008:

Another really interesting perspective on the spirituality and practice of yoga. TKV Desikachar is the son of Krishnamacharya, yogi, teacher, scholar, doctor, and much more. Krishnamacharya is a rock star in the yoga world for all he has accomplished in bringing yogic principles to a broad audience. This book combines biography, autob
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TKV Desikachar, son and student of T Krishnamacharya had the privilege of living and studying with T Krishnamacharya from 1960 until Krishnamacharya's death in 1989. For over 50 years, TKV Desikachar has devoted himself to teaching yoga and making it relevant to people from all walks of life and with all kinds of abilities. His teaching method is based on Krishnamacharya's fundamental principle th ...more
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