A letter from Sri.K. Pattabhi Jois to Yoga Journal,Nov. 1995
“I was disappointed to findthat so many novice students have taken Ashtanga yoga and have turned it into acircus for their own fame and profit (Power Yoga, Jan/Feb 1995). The title‘Power Yoga’ itself degrades the depth, purpose and method of the yoga systemthat I received from my guru, Sri. T. Krishnamacharya. Power is the property ofGod. It is not something to be collected for one’s ego. Partial yoga methodsout of line with their internal purpose can build up the ‘six enemies’ (desire,anger, greed, illusion, infatuation and envy) around the heart. The fullashtanga system practiced with devotion leads to freedom within one’s heart.The Yoga Sutra II.28 confirms this ‘Yogaanganusthanat asuddiksaye jnanadiptihavivekakhyateh’, which means ‘practicing all the aspects of yoga destroys theimpurities so that the light of knowledge and discrimination shines’. It isunfortunate that students who have not yet matured in their own practice havechanged the method and have cut out the essence of an ancient lineage toaccommodate their own limitations.
“我很失望地发现,很多新学生, 为自己的名声和利润把瑜伽变成一个马戏团表演。 (力量瑜伽,1995年1月/ 2月)。“力量瑜伽”的标题本身降低了深度,瑜伽的目的和系统方法,我的上师--克里希纳马扎亚告诉我:力量是上帝的属性。它不是收集的自我。部分瑜伽的方法与它们的内部目的可以建立“六个敌人”(欲望、愤怒、贪婪、幻觉、迷恋和嫉妒)在心里。完整的Ashtanga系统练习致力于自由的心。瑜伽经中证实了，这意味着“所有方面的瑜伽练习清除杂质,而获得知识和辨别的普照之光”。不幸的是,还没有成熟的学生在自己的练习中发生改变,阻隔一个古老血统的本质,以适应自己的局限性。
TheAshtanga yoga system should never be confused with ‘power yoga’ or anywhimsical creation which goes against the tradition of the many types of yogashastras (scriptures). It would be a shame to lose the precious jewel ofliberation in the mud of ignorant body building.”
-K.Pattabhi Jois, Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, Mysore, South India