Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (November 18, 1888 – February 28, 1989) was an Indian Yoga teacher, Ayurvedic healer and scholar. Often referred to as "The Father of Modern Yoga”, Krishnamacharya is widely regarded as one of the most influential yoga teachers of the 20th century and is credited with the revival of Hatha Yoga.
Whether you practice the dynamic series of Pattabhi Jois, the refined alignments of B. K. S. Iyengar, the classical postures of Indra Devi, or the customized vinyasa of Viniyoga, your practice stems from one source: a five-foot, two-inch Brahmin born more than one hundred years ago in a small South Indian village. By developing and refining different approaches, Krishnamacharya made yoga accessible to millions around the globe.
Krishnamacharya believed that Yoga is India’s greatest gift to the world. His yoga instruction reflected his conviction that yoga could be both a spiritual practice and a mode of physical healing. Krishnmamacharya based his teachings on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. He also respected his students’ varying religious beliefs, or non beliefs - a former student recalls that while leading a meditation, Krishnamacharya instructed students to close their eyes and “think of God… If not God, the sun… If not the sun, your parents”. This throws light on the belief that the most important aspect of teaching yoga was that the student be taught according to his or her individual capacity at any given time.