Desikachar was introduced to yoga at a young age by the virtue of being born the son of Krishnamacharya, the ‘father of yoga’. Through these teachings Desikachar developed the highly individualised form of yoga called Viniyoga, which tailors the practice to student’s specific needs and founded the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM). “Be it for general wellness, Yoga Therapy or Yoga Teacher Training Programs, or Vedic chanting, the KYM is well known for its holistic health promotive approach.”
Desikachar is part of the Krishnamacharya lineage of teaching that is widely followed around the world for its approach to individualised and specialised practices for each student – there is no ‘one size fits all’ yoga. Desikachar believed that “Anyone who can breathe can do yoga….It is the practical means by which the ideals of an inspired life can be actualized.”
His book ‘The Heart of Yoga’ is a text which includes his fathers’ commentary on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra’s, and describes the lineage and teaching style which he is known for.
Current controversy exists around the personal and business practices of Desikachar’s son Kausthub who inherited his fathers’ business following his passing, including the claim to trademark the term Viniyoga and claims of unprofessional conduct towards female students.
N.B This is just a short extract of the history of T.K.V Desikachar and by no means an exhaustive biography.