T.K.V. Desikachar (June 21, 1938 – August 8, 2016)

“It is when obstacles do not seem to be present that it is most important to be on our guard.

Nothing is more fraught with danger than to mistake a temporary state for a permanent one.

We must expect cycles of clarity and confusion, recognizing that falls from clarity may be more disturbing than a state of no clarity at all.

When obstacles appear, it is necessary to advance toward a state of reflection to reduce their impact and prevent them from taking over.”

 – T.K.V. Desikachar


T.K.V. Desikachar (June 21, 1938 – August 8 2016)

Son and student of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya had the privilege of living and studying with Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya from 1960 until Krishnamacharya’s death in 1989.

In addition to the three decades of yoga training he received from his father, T.K.V Desikachar holds a degree in structural engineering.

For over 50 years, T.K.V Desikachar has devoted himself to teaching yoga and making it relevant to people from all walks of life and with all kinds of abilities.

His teaching method is based on Krishnamacharya’s fundamental principle that yoga must always be adapted to an individual’s changing needs in order to derive the maximum therapeutic benefit.

“In education the first requirement is the teacher, the second is the student.

What should happen between them is learning. How it should happen is through the constant teaching of that which will be relevant to the student.

That is education.”

― T.K.V. Desikachar, The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice

One of the world’s foremost teachers of yoga and a renowned authority on the therapeutic uses of yoga, T.K.V Desikachar continues to oversee KYM’s work in therapy as well as training and guiding the faculty of KYM.

“The guru is not one who says, “I am the guru.”

There are great stories in the Upaniṣads of the guru who rejected the very idea of teaching. One of the qualities of a person who is clear, who is wise, is not to need to say “I am clear, I am wise.” There is no need to say this.”

― T.K.V. Desikachar, The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice


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