Iyengar and Indra Devi
It was Krishnamacharya’s students who brought his asana-centred yoga discourse to the West, as the West some years after the Second World War became ready to receive these teachings. Often young Westerners travelled to India to be taught mainly asana. This created one of the many new direct links between Western and Indian popular culture – both cultures becoming more and more obsessed with the body and its cultivation and discipline.
John’s Wort as a first-line or solo Yoga poses one leg treatment for depression, one exception is the patient with a history of good response to low Yoga poses one leg -dose SSRI e.g., 5 mg/day Prozac or 20 mg/day Paxil but intolerable side effects such as weight gain or sexual dysfunction. Such a patient may do well on St. John’s Wort. In addition, this herb can be useful for mild depression, combined with other treatments, when there is need for an incremental boost in antidepressant effect, if there is seasonal affective disorder, or when somatic symptoms are prevalent. Deciding whether to use St. John’s Wort involves weighing the risks of SSRI-like side effects, photosensitivity, and drug interactions against the potential benefits.