Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM)

Definition - What does Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) mean?

Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram is a nonprofit yoga center in Chennai, India, that was established by T.K.V. Desikachar in 1976 in honor of his father and guru, Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. It is considered one of the premier yoga institutes in India and attracts yogis from around the world.

KYM, as it is known, offers yoga retreats, teacher training and certification, yoga therapy, and outreach programs that bring yoga programs to the socially and economically disadvantaged. It also has a scientific research department.

Yogapedia explains Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM)

Credited with reviving Hatha yoga, Krishnamacharya (1888-1989) was considered to be one of the most important yogis of the 20th century. KYM follows the principles and philosophy of Krishnamacharya. More specifically, KYM operates on the belief that:

  • Yoga is a healing practice, so yoga therapy is a key aspect of its mission
  • Yoga practice and teachings should be flexible enough to meet the specific, individual needs of each person

KYM is not an ashram in the traditional sense and does not have lodging. Its focus is entirely on guiding and treating the individual yogis, as well as training instructors.

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