Wednesday, 3 February 2016

A Krishnamacharya Reading List (with Pdf links).

T. Krishnamacharya

Following on from my earlier 

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois' READING LIST from from the 'original' Ashtanga diploma syllabus list given to Nancy Gilgoff and David Williams in 1974

I thought it might be useful to make a similar post of a Krishnamacharya reading list.
Below are Krishnamacharya's own works as well as texts (Upanishads, sutras, samhitas etc.) mentioned by Krishnamacharya in his Bibliographies as well as texts Krishnamacharya taught to his student Srivatsa Ramaswami over a thirty year period.
Where possible I've linked to a free downloadable pdf version of the text.


1. Main texts by Krishnamacharya

2. Complete list of Books/texts by T. Krishnamacharya

3. Bibliography from from Yogasanagaly 

4. Bibliography from from Yoga Makaranda 

5. A course of study with Krishnamacharya


Thirty Minor Upanishads

I'm adding this post to my Krishnamacharya Resource page and will add any other relevant texts mentioned by his students as I come across them.

1. Main texts by Krishnamacharya

Yoga Makaranda (Mysore 1934)pdf

Yogasanagalu translation (Mysore 1941) (link)

Krishnamacharya's Yoga Makaranada Part II pdf

Krishnamacharya's Salutations to the teacher and Eternal one pdf

Yoga Rahasya 

Selections from chapter 1

Selections from chapter 2

Selections from chapter 3

Selections from chapter 4 

Rare photograph of Krishnamacharya assisting.

2. Complete list of Books/texts by T. Krishnamacharya:
unfortunately most of the articles mentioned have not been released

Yoga Makaranda (Mysore 1934)pdf

Yogasanagalu translation (Mysore 1941) (link)
Yoga Rahasya 

Other works (essays and poetic compositions):

“Disciplines of Yoga”
“Effect of Yoga Practice”
“Importance of Food and Yoga in Maintaining Health”
“Verses on Methods of Yoga Practice”
“Essay on Asana and Pranayama”
“Madhumeha (Diabetes)”
“Why Yoga as a Therapy Is Not Rising”
“Bhagavad Gita as a Health Science”
“Ayurveda and Yoga: An Introduction”
“Questions and Answers on Yoga” (with students in July 1973)
“Yoga: The Best Way to Remove Laziness”
“Dhyana (Meditation) in Verses”
“What Is a Sutra?”
“Kundalini: Essay on What Kundalini Is and Kundalini Arousal (sakti calana) Based on Texts Like the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita, and Yoga Yajnavalkya”
“Extracts from Raja Yoga Ratnakara”
“Need for a Teacher”
“Satvika Marga” (“The Sattvic Way”; philosophy/spiritual/yoga)
“Reference in Vedas to Support Vedic Chanting for Women” (philosophy/technical)
“Fourteen Important Dharmas” (philosophy)
“Cit Acit Tatva Mimamsa” (philosophy)
“Sandhya-saaram” (ritual)
“Catushloki” (four verses on Sankaracharya)
“Kumbhakonam Address” (catalog)
“Sixteen Samskaras” (rituals)
“Mantra Padartha Tatva Nirnaya” (rituals)
“Ahnika Bhaskaram” (rituals)
“Shastreeya Yajnam” (rituals)
“Vivaaha” (marriage rituals)
“Asparsha Pariharam” (rituals)
“Videsavaasi Upakarma Nirnaya” (rituals)
“Sudarshana Dundubhi” (devotional)
“Bhagavat Prasadam” (devotional)
“Narayana Paratva” (devotional)
“About Madras” (miscellaneous)

3. Bibliography from from Yogasanagaly 
T. Krishnamacharya (Mysore 1941)

I did not attempt a detailed review of all ancient yoga treatises since it will make this book very long and perhaps cause boredom to the readers.  Please forgive.  This writing is mainly based on the following texts:



see  also

Yogakuranti (Yoga Korunta- lost?).

Upanishads related to yoga

Learning’s from my Guru and self-experience

4. Bibliography from from Yoga Makaranda 
T. Krishnamacharya (Mysore 1934)

"This text contains the essential concepts from many texts of antiquity listed below.

I have studied the texts listed below under the blessing of a great teacher and have explained the truths contained in them that I have personally experienced. I request that the Lord of the auspicious Karnataka throne, the great Lord and Emperor, the fourth Sri Krishna Rajendra, accept this work and allow my
humble self to fulfil my endeavor and bless me.
More than this, I have nothing to say in this preface.


1. Rajayoga Ratnakaram pdf (in Telugu)
2. Hathayoga Pradipika pdf
3. Yoga Saravalli pdf
4. Yoga Balaprathipikai (?)
5. Ravana Nadi  (Article)
6. Bhairava Kalpam pdf
7. Sri Tattvanidhi (wikipedia- see also Normon Sjoman's Yoga tradition of the Mysore palace)
8. Yoga Ratnakarandam (?)
9. Mano Narayaneeyam Pdf
10. Rudrayameelam (Rudrayamalam) PDF
11. Brahmayameelam Pdf
12. Atharvana Rahasyam (?)
13. Patanjala Yogadarshanam (0nline)
14. Kapilasutram
15. Yogayajnavalkyam
16. Gheranda Samhita pdf
17. Narada Pancharatra Samhita
18. Satvata Samhita
19. Siva Samhita pdf
20. Dhyana Bindu Upanishad pdf
21. Chandilya Upanishad pdf
22. Yoga Shika Upanishad
23. Yoga Kundalya Upanishad pdf
24. Ahir Buddhniya Samhita
25. Nada Bindu Upanishad pdf
26. Amrita Bindu Upanishad pdf
27. Garbha Upanishad pdf

Srivatsa Ramaswami chanting with T. Krishnamacharya

5. A course of study with Krishnamacharya

from My studies with Krishnamacharya - Srivatsa Ramaswami (Namarupa article)

Ramaswami studied with Krishnamacharya for over thirty years, in this article he relates his studies of asana, chanting as well as some of the many he texts he studied with his teacher

"Normally, I had two to three sessions per week, but there were occasions when I had the privilege of going to him twice a day, for ásana practice in the morning and for chanting or the study of texts in the evening". 

Some texts Ramaswami studied with Krishnamacharya

BrahmaSutras PDF
Samkhya kalika-Kapila pdf

Sad-Vidyá (?) Chándogya Upanishad pdf
Mándukya Upanishad pdf
Taittiriya Upanishad pdf
Prasna Upanishad pdf
Mundaka Upanishad pdf
Isvásya Upanishad pdf
Brhadáraóyaka Upanishad pdf
Svetavatara Upanishad pdf
Kausitaki Bráhmana Upanishad pdf

Bhagavad Gitá, pdf

The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali (Online ) was the centrepiece of our yoga studies.
(Note:I recommend the Bryant and/or Aranya editions)

Another philosophy he was keen to teach was Nyáya and the later version, Tarka. He started teaching..

TarkaSamgraha, pdf a compact text on Vedic logic.

Hathayogapradipika pdf in detail, except portions of the last chapter and some of the third, which he said contained obnoxious practices inconsistent with the teachings of sáttvika yoga and the Yoga Sâtras.

Yogayajnavalkyam pdf in detail.

Some of the other texts that he referred to and taught in portions included

Gheranda Samhita pdf
Siva Samhita. pdf
Yoga Rahasya (Amazon) was not published, but he frequently quoted from the text and after a while taught a few chapters from it.

Link to article pdf

Appendix (with links)

Thirty Minor Upanishads

tr. by K. Narayanasvami Aiyar


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