Monthly Archives: May 2006

See Krishnamacharya (and Iyengar) on Video

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the BKS Iyengar video

Three very old videos have surfaced on YouTube.com, the main site for video sharing on the internet. Apparently, they were shot in 1938, and MCPetruk, who uploaded them, told me via email that he obtained them as part of the footage from an Iyengar Institute VHS.

Thank you to Dipita for the tip and to MCPetruk for sharing.

Links to the 3 films (one of the actual films is at the end of this post):

  • Krishnamacharya in inversions, nauli and various advanced pranayama techniques (4:32)
  • BKS Iyengar part 1 (3:11)
  • BKS Iyengar part 2 (3:26)
  • After hearing and reading so much about him,

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    Krishnamacharya at 50

    it is amazing to see Krishnamacharya on film. And what a film it is. In these short 4 minutes, you get a glimpse of a total mastery of the body, the postures and the breathing. The stories about Krishnamacharya stopping his heart become much more believable. His legendary strictness is apparent, too.

    I tried to remind myself as I was watching that Krishnamacharya was 50 years old when the film was shot. He does not look a day over 30.

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    Iyengar in Upward Dog
    in the middle of a vinyasa (!)

    Iyengar is also very impressive doing what seems to be a modified version of the Advanced A Series of Ashtanga. He is actually doing vinyasas! He must have been around 20 years old during that time, before he decided that vinyasas were “too much jumping”.

    Krishnamacharya practicing yoga in 1938

Can’t Get Enough: Stunning Photos from India

We don’t know who took these photos of India but we like them – a lot. If you know, would you let us know?

(The full set is in the format of a Powerpoint file (1.7MB) and it’s well worth watching; you can download a Powerpoint viewer here.)

Thank you to Lori for forwarding these to us.

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What can I add to beauty like this?


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Name that building!


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Anyone ever get her tea this way? Really?

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Peace and warmth
(enough with the smart comments already)