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The yoga taught at Studio Abhyas is in the lineage of Sri Krishnamacharya and Sri TKV Desikachar
The style is intuitive, faithfully follows the breath, aims at making the practitioner self-reliant, and is sensorially guided from the inside, and strongly resists standardisation.

According to Sri. Krishnamacharya, yoga necessarily involves the in-tandem working of the body, mind and breath.  His son and disciple, T.K.V. Desikachar further tweaks this model by saying that yoga is about the working together of the body, breath, mind and “something more”.

Asana, therefore, in this style is necessarily practiced along with prescribed breath. It can be gentle or strong, depending upon the requirement, age, focus and proclivity of the practitioner; and places a lot of onus on the practioner to gauge his/her sense of just-rightness.  Though this school adheres firmly to the cerebral teachings of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, it also most effectively incorporates the subtle aspects or dharanas of tantric practice, such as nyasa, bandha, beeja-mantra, nada, and vyoma.

Navtej Johar is further inspired by tantric texts such at the Vijnana Bhairava that further delineate the above mentioned dharanas, all of which are primarily focused on making the practice deeply satisfying, finely attuned and ever-subtler!

Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (November 18, 1888 – February 28, 1989) is often referred to as “the father of modern yoga.” Widely regarded as one of the most influential yoga teachers of the 20th century, he pioneered the revival of hatha yoga while adhering it to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The use of breath in asana remains one of the most distinct features of his style. According to him, till such time that the body, mind and breath do not work in tandem, it is not yoga.


Yoga Journal

T K V Desikachar (21 June 1938 – 8 August 2016) was the son and disciple of Sri Krishnamacharya. An engineer by profession, he founded the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, in 1976, to carry forward his father’s legacy. The main aim of the Mandiram was to offer therapeutic yoga. A self-admitted non-believer, he defined his yoga as a practice that involves the coming together of body, mind, breath and “something more.”

Centre for Yoga Studies

Navtej Johar trained in yoga at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, under the guidance of Sri TKV Desikachar. Also, a Bharanatyam dancer, his method inspired by flow and freely incorporates poetic imagery. Firmly holding the view of his teachers and viewing yoga as a cohesive practice comprising body, breath, mind and “something more”, he rests his faith in the somatic sensitivity and innate intelligence of the body.


Freie Universität Berlin

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