Many students of the yoga tradition know that Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888 - 1989) is credited with being the father of modern yoga, but most remain foggy about the details of his life and even foggier about the books he wrote.
One is an untranslated autobiography in Tamil, one is a commentary on the Yoga Sutras, two are books of spiritual poetry of about 30 slokas each, and four are compositions on yoga practice. The Yoga Rahasya belongs to the latter group.
Yogacharya Sundaram was part of an emerging movement to blend yoga with body building in the 1920s. He was known to K and had a gym and a great following in nearby Bangalore in the years K was active in Mysore. Few could match K in eloquence and textual knowledge, and Sundaram was not even in the running. With fun punctuation, strange spellings, far-out phrases, erratic syntax and odd capitalizations, he creates a mythic scene to introduce his yoga for fitness in his The Secret of Happiness or, Yogic Physical Culture [sic] from 1928:
K unifies the categories of modern practice by featurizing them with the bhakti yoga of devotion (first firmly articulated in the Bhagavad Gita) and thence directing them toward the Highest. Consistent with his promotion of the householder path throughout his career, K explains that you can adjust yoga to whatever stage of life you find yourself in and still get the fruit of an ultimate sadhana (spiritual method).
 Iyengar, B. K. S., Astadala Yogamala , vol. 6, 2010, New Delhi: Allied Publishers, Limited, p. 108, and Desikachar, K., Ibid. He also taught yoga to his sons, ofcourse. Sri T.K. Srinivasan, (b. 1936) was well-versed in Yoga, and became an authority on the Indian philosophies of Nyaya and Mimamsa. His other sons are Sri T.K.V. Desikachar (b. 1938) and Sri T.K. Sribhashyam (b. 1940). He had a third daughter, Shubha, after 1940.
Sri Tirumalai. Krishnamacharya quoted from memory by his son, T. K. V. Desikachar, in Desai, Gita, Director, 2004, Yoga Unveiled: The Evolution and Essence of a Spiritual Tradition, (DVD), yogaunveiled.com
I think that young Krishnamacharya did believe firmly that he channeled the work. I doubt he would have lived a yogic life while lying, being that not-lying is one of the first rules of yoga. It is the same reason why I think the Yoga Korunta (a book that many contest never existed and on which the sequences of Ashtanga yoga are supposedly based) may have been real too, or channeled. Either or.
6.- Pranayama is key to the practice of yoga because it is a quiet or a silence of breath that induces a quiet mind. The ratio 1.4.2 (one count for inhalation, four for retention and two for exhalation) is of prime importance.
You have this too, Amazon must love you Claudia : ) We studied this with Ramaswami along with the yoga Makaranda on his Krishnamacharya course. R gave us a translation, his own I think, but I found a 1st edition of the TKV Deskichar translation in an old hippy bookstore in Santa monica. The cover has the same picture but it's orange not green and the pictures inside ( there are 38, how many in yours) are a mixture of different people, some are Krishnamacharya himself. Interestingly the translation is a little different than yours, going by the pictures you posted.
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