Important new document from Guruji: Yoga and Therapy

Eddie Stern has posted a transcript of a very important lecture given by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois on the mind/body connection, providing us with invaluable insight into Guruji’s thinking about the role of yoga in well-being. Here’s Eddie’s description of the context (from his Facebook page):

In 1977, Guruji was invited to give a presentation at a Yoga Conference that was organized by Swami Vishnu Devananda in Bangalore. The papers were all collected and published in a book called “Yoga and Science”, and the title of his presentation was “Yoga and Therapy”. I had looked for the book for many years, but to no avail. Then this past fall, almost miraculously, the son of Leslie Kaminoff – who I knew from my pre-yoga days – found the book in India, and Leslie gave it to me.

It’s a wonderful read. Particularly enjoyable if, like me, you have Guruji’s voice in your ear as you follow along. All my understanding of Guruji comes from Tim Miller, and my eyes welled up with tears at how directly he has passed along to me his teacher’s understanding of yoga as a therapy for the mind as well as for the body. This is a must-read.

Posted with gratitude by Bobbie

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

5 thoughts on “Important new document from Guruji: Yoga and Therapy”

  1. So glad to see this transcribed. Guruji and Krishnamacharya’s scholarship shine thru beautifully.

    Also, it shows Guruji’s command of English.

    Kudos to my son Shaun for finding this treasure.

  2. When I traveled to India to study with Guruji in 1980 and after my first full day of practice and pranayama I returned to his shala for an afternoon visit. These daily visits became private theory classes on many occasions, sometimes very serious while others were just light talks filled with laughter.
    On my first afternoon visit, Guruji asked me several questions about my practice since his last trip to the USA. Just that morning I had practiced the advanced series along with pranayama. He then handed me what he referred to as the syllabus for Ashtanga Yoga. I recognized it as “the Series” I had been practicing daily since 1974. David and Nancy, along with Guruji and Manju taught me “the Series” but I had never seen it in print. We reviewed the document, I was honored that Guruji had shared the syllabus with me.
    He then handed me a paper that he authored and was very proud of; his academic work was always a source of honor for him. He then read and expounded on the paper, “Yoga and Therapy”, the document you published. I kept a copy of the document in a file and two years ago it was shipped to me for a workshop I was teaching. The package was lost in the mail along with several pictures. Thank you Eddie, for publishing and to Shaun for locating “Yoga and Therapy” for the world to read!

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