To understand the importance of lineage, it is important to understand parampara. Parampara is a Sanskirt word that denotes the principle of transmitting knowledge in its most valuable form; knowledge based on direct and practical experience that is passed in succession from teacher to student. It is the basis of any lineage: the teacher and student form the links in the chain of instruction that has been passed down for thousands of years. In order for yoga instruction to be effective, true and complete, it should come from within parampara.
For knowledge to be transferred, the student must spend many years with a teacher. Knowledge grows from the mutual love and respect between student and teach, a relationship that can only be cultivated over time.
The dharma, or duty, of the student is to practice diligently and to strive to understand the teachings.
The teacher’s dharma is to teach yoga as he learned it from his guru, with a good heart, with good purpose, noble intentions, and with the absences of harmful motivations.
The bonding of teacher and student is a tradition reaching back many thousands of years in India, and is the foundation of a rich, spiritual heritage. The yoga tradition exists in many ancient lineages.
Jennifer Smith began teaching yoga in the late 1990’s (98/99). Having completed over a thousand training hours prior to beginning her entry into teaching, Jennifer has gone on to continue training and studying under many senior yoga teachers, and in 2011 she began studying under David Garrigues.
David Garrigues was a student of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois studied under Sri T. Krishnamacharya, who is known as, “The Father of Modern Yoga”.
Together Sri T. Krishnamacharya and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois used material from an obscure, previously lost text known as the Yoga Korunta, along with several other sacred texts to build the Ashtanga yoga system as we know it today.