This week Desikachar passed. Desikachar was the son of Krishnamacharya, and originally was a trained engineer. He came into the "family" business after realizing the incredible ability his father had to help others, and was drawn in to the work. What always resonated with me about his work was that it was geared towards the individual in front of you. This has always influenced how I teach, I have studied with several of his long time students, Gary Kraftsow and Leslie Kaminoff.
Back before we had the internet, people didn't have access to teachings the way we do now. Though there is nothing like studying with a real live teacher, we have the luxury of learning online now that wasn't available even 30 years ago. At the end of the day, there will still be the teachers who have greatly influenced yoga as we know it today. They taught selflessly. We can be grateful for their contribution to our practice.
So this week, as you reflect on the practice, think of the teachings that have been passed on to you with a moment of pause and gratitude for the beautiful souls that shared what they knew to be an effective way to live well.
"The ultimate goal of yoga is to always observe things accurately, and therefore never act in a way that will make us regret our actions later."~ T.K.V. Desikachar