In the yogic tradition much signifigance is given to the connection between teacher and student, or guru and chela in Sanskrit.It is recognised that this is not just a passing on of information, or techniques but that it is also a transmission of a more subtle type, where the experience, state of yoga is transmitted from one onto the other.
Subsequently we can easily observe many different traditions in India, with generation after generation of guru,chela, guru.In contemporary India, many of these teachers have millions of followers, some have regular TV programmes, their images often adorning everything from pendants in taxis to t shirts. But there is one who’s image is not so prevalent, yet it could be suggested that he made the most major impact on the worlds current experience of yoga, especially in the west.
That person was TKV Krishnamacharya, often referred to as the father of modern yoga. it is widely recognised that he was instrumental in the revival of Hatha Yoga practices and its spread across the globe. Born in November 1888 in southern India, within a family which has a lineage in Yoga stretching back over centuries. As is the norm in such cases, he began to learn yoga and the Vedic sciences from childhood. Studying all six Vedic philosophies at University in Varanasi, and gaining a degree in each of these, as well as studying Ayurveda and the vena.