I returned from the kitchen with my second cup of coffee, when this little window opened at the facebook page. It was Ram, an Indian man, student of yoga and blogger.
We conversed about yoga and about Krishnamacharya. Perhaps it interests you as well, I copied and pasted parts of the dialogue:
Ram: had his guru (Krishnamacharya's guru) not accepted the guru dakshina we wouldn't have learned yoga
Ram:do u understand guru dakshina?
Ram: well... there was a traditon in India that no fee used to be charge for teaching a student, after completing the course student used to offer anything the guru has asked to it's an offering by a student to a teacher for the knowledge he shared
Ram: guru ram mohan bramhachari, the guru of krishnamacharya, do you what he asked as guru dakshina?
Me: no, curious now
Ram: he asked krishnamacharya to go home and settle with marriage and teach yoga to common people
Ram: obeying his orders he came back home and started teaching to the commons earlier yoga was taught only to sadhus and sages
Me: very succesful he was this is a great story would you not like to share this as a guest blogger on my blog
Ram: that is the reason why i titled my blog as the father of modern yoga
Ram: I rate krishnamacharya as the root of a trunk where as his students bks iyengar, pattabhi jois, indira devi, desikachar etc who are responsible for popularity of yoga in the west as branches of the deep rooted trunk
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(Remarks: I am not sure now who had the idea of teaching yoga to ordinary people like me and you: Krishnamacharya or the guru of Krishnamacharya. Perhaps they have had a discussion over a glass of chai? However, the results are amazing. Who does not yoga nowadays??? What a gift for us all!!!!!!!!!)
Picture: Krishnamacharya practicing yoga, scanned from the following book: