T.K.V. Desikachar

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does T.K.V. Desikachar Mean?

T.K.V. Desikachar (1938-2016) was a modern-day yoga teacher whose father, the legendary yogi, Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, is considered to be the father of modern yoga. Desikachar, like his father, believed that yoga should be tailored to the individual’s needs. He initially used the term, Viniyoga, to describe his style of Hatha yoga; later dropping the term, but not the approach.

Although he spent much of his adult life lecturing and teaching yoga, Desikachar was trained as a structural engineer. He was also the founder of Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India.


Yogapedia Explains T.K.V. Desikachar

Born in India, T.K.V. Desikachar was disinterested in yoga as a child and in early adulthood. In his 20s, he returned to his roots and studied under his father.

Desikachar first lectured in the United States in 1976 and later visited regularly, teaching and lecturing on his approach to yoga and yogic healing. He believed that yoga could be relevant for all people, regardless of physical capabilities. Adapting yoga practices to meet the needs of each yogi was central to his approach. Through yoga therapy, he integrated the physical practice of asana, pranayama, meditation and the traditional medical system of ayurveda in order to promote physical and mental health.

Desikachar was also the author of several books on yoga, including “Health, Healing, and Beyond,” “The Viniyoga of Yoga” and “The Heart Of Yoga.” He and his son, Kausthub, founded the Krishnamacharya Healing Yoga Foundation, a worldwide organization for yoga teachers and therapists.

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