Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, the reputed Father of Modern Yoga, wrote four major books on yoga–and none of them are well known.
This essay explores his c. 1937 Yoga Rahasya.
It orients the book biographically in Krishnamacharya’s life, and historically in terms of yoga’s modern and pre-modern unfolding.
It shows how Krishnamacharya created a yoga for women, emphasized complex postures as a main method, and re-crafted yoga as spiritualized health mode–all new emphases for his times.
This essay details how he made those innovations agree with the most ancient roots of the tradition.