The Centre

About the Centre

The Centre for Yoga Studies is an organization committed to the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya as received through his student TKV Desikachar and taught to his student Paul Harvey. The aim of cYs is to promote the teaching of Yoga in Israel respecting the uniqueness of the student. It was founded in 2003 by Ziva Kinrot a student of Paul Harvey.

T. Krishnamacharya

“The target of Yoga is ‘svatantra’ which means to discover our own technique. ‘Sva’ means itself and ‘tantra’ means technique. The techniques are in oneself and we must discover them; if not we will depend on others. I am sick and I go to the doctor; but finally I must become my own therapist. This is ‘svatantra’. T. Krishnamacharya, a yogi par-excellence, immersed in the ocean of ancient Indian wisdom, understood the wealth of teachings that yoga had to offer and showed how each practitioner can choose the right means for his or her own development.

T.K.V Desikachar

Like everything, Yoga must be presented intelligently. It should be spoken of carefully and offered with due regard for the aspirations, needs and cultural background of the individual. This must be achieved in stages. The appropriate application of Yoga – involving physical exercises, deep breathing, relaxation, meditation, lifestyle, food, studies and so forth- is, for me, what is represented by the word Viniyoga.”

Paul Harvey

“Yoga focuses on the human core: how do I relate to my body, is it healthy, how do I manage my energy–thought or feeling, how do I contain my embarrassments, how do I make choices, how do I introduce clarity into my life… Yoga can assist people in taking care of themselves and of the world around them, in being more productive and creative. Once people find their center and develop their self-esteem through Yoga, a change process will have already begun”.

“Yoga can lead us from a condition of dependency to a state of interdependence and from that to independence”.

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