Connie Walsh

Connective Therapies

T.K.V. Desikachar and The Heart Of Yoga

Developing a Personal Practice

T.K.V. Desikachar is the son and primary student of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, a prominent yogi credited with being a driving force behind the resurgence of Hatha yoga in recent decades.

TKV Desikachar started his career as a civil engineer. Inspired by his father's teachings on Yoga in Madras (now Chennai), he left his engineering career and became a student of his father in the sixties. In 1976, along with A.G. Mohan, another long-time student of Sri Krishnamacharya, he established Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM), to propagate the teachings of his father and teacher. The KYM is now a leading institute of Yoga and Yoga Studies based in Chennai, India. Together with his son Kausthub Desikachar, TKV Desikachar founded the Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation (KHYF) on January 1, 2006. KHYF is committed to spreading the holistic yoga teachings of Sri T Krishnamacharya.

Today, TKV Desikachar is known and respected the world over as an authority on Yoga. This approach was briefly termed viniyoga but Desikachar abandoned the term, preferring a more anonymous and brand-free approach to his father's teachings.

Teaching regularly in India and overseas, TKV Desikachar has participated in many international conventions and conferences. His books include Health, Healing and Beyond and The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice. In 2000 he authored a translation of the classical yoga text Yogayajnavalkya Samhita.