Yoga Cure, the only known work about yoga by Bishnu Ghosh, was first written and published in 1961. There was originally a Bengali version and an English version, but the small pamphlet quickly went out of print and was lost to all but his family and closest students.
Recently, a copy of the English version was uncovered by one of Ghosh's students, Mukul Dutta, and he generously presented it to Bishnu’s granddaughter Muktamala Mitra. The Ghosh family decided it was appropriate to release it in digital format to any who may be interested. With the release they extended the following statement:
“We hope the book will be useful to all who are interested in Yoga and BCG, and will also inspire people to take up Yoga and improve their health.”
Yoga Cure consists of 32 beginning exercises with photographs of Bishnu’s daughter Karuna. Some postures we are quite familiar with in Western practices such as Cobra, Wind Removing, Bow and Stretching. Others have not stayed as prominent in practice, like Singhasana or Lion pose, Utthanapadasana or Leg Lift and Maha Mudra.
Yoga Cure however, is the first look at Ghosh Yoga with text from Bishnu. Until recently, we’ve only had his words in the introduction of 84 Yoga Asanas by Buddha Bose and in Muscle Control and Barbell Exercises which he co-wrote. (That text is not about asana however, only, quite literally, muscle control and barbell exercises.)
In a time of great evolution in the lineage it is thrilling to have such a look into the rich history of Ghosh Yoga. As we evolve and grow as a community, it is important to remain deeply rooted in all that Ghosh Yoga history has to offer.
Scott & Ida are Yoga Acharyas (Masters of Yoga). They are the head teachers of Ghosh Yoga. This blog is about their experience with yoga practice, study and teaching.
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