Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, also known as a “masters of the master”. He was the man whose teaching was the source of four prominent traditions that have influenced yoga enthusiasts all over the world. The names of his most famous students include Pattabhi Jois, Indra Devi, BKS Iyengar and his son T.K.V Desikachar. He was a an excellent yogi, an amazing healer and a master of Indian philosphy including Sanskrit and Ayurveda.
Over the course of his life and he lived till a 100, he didicated himself and focused his energy towards the study and practice of therapeutic yoga to support helath, healing and personal transformation.
His main contribution has been his ability to translate these ancient vedic teaching that were more accessible to the modern world. And taught and healed those who were true seekers of this ancient healing modality regradless of their age, gender, or cast.
I hereby offer my tribute to one of the greatest yogis of the modern era.
Son and most dedicated student of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, ‘SIR’ as he is known is the direct descendant of the lineage of T.Krishnamacharya.
Having studied with his father for over 30 years, Śri Desikachar, recognised the need for yoga to be an evolving process. He learnt the key aspect of observation and listening that was required in the healing process. He founded the well known Yoga Therapy clinic in 1976, KYM, in the honor of his father with the view of helping thousands of care seekers through a holistic, complementary healing modality.
Śri Desikachar like his father was an absolute master in providing the right practice at the right time; understanding the needs and abilities of care seekers and appropriately adapting the yoga tools to meet their needs.
He has also authored various books including ‘Heart of Yoga’, a text used as a staple for many teacher training courses; ‘Health, Healing and Beyond’, ‘Viniyoga of yoga’ and many more.
Successor and current lineage holder of the classical yoga tradition of T.Krishnamacharya & T.K.V Desikachar, Dr Kausthub Desikachar is an acclaimed yoga therapist and trainer who started his studies with his father and his grandfather at the age of 9 years. He has completed dual degree and a PHD in the yoga studies from the University of Madras.
Dr Desikachar, like his father is a remarkable yoga educator who has vast and immense depth of yoga knowledge . He conducts many yoga seminars online and in person in Chennai and in the west.
He also works as a yoga therapist and like his father has an incredible ability to create a heart to heart connection with the care-seekers so crucial in healing and always providing support and care at the right time. His ability to choose approriate tools and appropiately adapting them to the needs and abilities of the care seeker; makes him a yoga therapist par excellence.
He has authored and co-authored many books such as “The Heart of Āsana”; a comprehensive manual on classical postures; and a biography of his grandfather called “The Yoga of the Yogi”. If you would like to connect with Dr Kausthub Desikachar for more information, visit www.kausthub.com
Mrs Menaka Desikachar
Menaka Desikachar is one of the most renown yoga teachers around the world and has been practicing Yoga and Vedic Chanting for over four decades.
She is one of the senior students in the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar and an authority in the field of Vedic Chanting. Her husband TKV Desikachar has founded the first yoga therapy clinic in India in 1976 and Menaka has conducted numerous yoga therapy sessions ever since.
In 2012 she has cofounded the Sannidhi of Krishnamacharya Yoga in Chennai (www.sky-yoga.net), an organization that strives to pass on the authentic teachings of Yoga in the tradition of T. Krishnamcharya and TKV Desikachar.
My heartful gratitute to the Lineage of T. Krishnamacharya and T.K.V Desikachar
Breath of Gods- Trailer
Mr Desikachar’s view on the Yoga Sūtra-s
Interview with Mr Desikachar on Yoga and Health.
Mr Desikachar in the Indian News.
The father of modern yoga-T.Krishnamacharya in 1938.
Devotion to the teacher- Guruvaṣṭakam