Mark Whitwell has enjoyed a life long relationship with the yoga teachings of T. Krishnamacharya, and with his son and primary disciple T.K.V. Desikachar, whose students have had a major impact on yoga in the West. Whitwell was editor and contributor to Desikachar’s classic book, The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice. This tradition teaches that yoga must be adapted to the individual to be successful. Yoga postures, or asanas, exist to support the breath and thereby enhance the human being’s direct absorption of the vital and nurturing essence of Life. The goal of yoga is not to achieve gymnastic extremes. For Whitwell authentic yoga is simply moving and breathing and is the birthright of all humanity. Mark Whitwell is the founder of the non-profit organization Heart of Yoga which provides yoga education worldwide. His website is heartofyoga.com.