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Yoga Guru TKV Desikachar passed away
« on: August 09, 2016, 11:24:20 AM »

Dear All
One of the World's famous Yoga Teachers Sri TKV Desikachar passed away at Chennai on 8 Aug 2016 and I have opened this thread to share information about his life , his teachingss and the impact he made to the Science of Yoga .I have my own experience which I will write later but right now sharing details from others who have been directly asscoiated with him and the impact he made in their lives . Though Sri Desikchar is no more alive , the Science of Yoga as refined and taught by him will continue to be spread through his books , as well as through the teachers trained by him .



Yoga guru Desikachar dies at 78
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Yoga-guru-Desikachar-dies-at-78/articleshow/53607510.cms

Tirumalai Krishnamacharya Venkata Desikachar, better known as TKV Desikachar, son of the "Father of Modern Yoga," Sri Krishnamacharya, died Monday, August 8th, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

The third of six children, he was born in 1938 in Mysore, when his father still worked there for the local King Wadiyar IV, before Indian Independence.

He was preceded in death the three other great students of Krishnamacharya likewise acknowledged as the most prominent teachers of our era, BKS Iyengar (2014), KP Jois (2009) and Indra Devi (2002).

Though schooled in the asanas as a boy, he did not wholly buy into his father's teaching. Krishnamacharya once chased him up a tree when he refused his daily practice.

Desikachar pursued mechanical engineering in school and gave short shrift to yoga, planning a career in his chosen feild, but he turned to his father and the practice in 1961, becoming one of his most passionate advocates and long-studied apprentices.

The world-renowned Krishnamurti became Desikachar's student in 1965, and he traveled out of the country to instruct yoga for the first time that year--to Switzerland and England--under Krishnamurti's care. His first teaching in America brought him to Colgate University in 1976.

That same year, he founded the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram with two other signficant followers of his father, A. G. Mohan and Ramaswami Srivatsa. KYM offered sophisticated therapeutic approaches to the practice.

Desikachar is greatly responsible for re-framing our understanding of the Yoga Sutras as a book that applies to everyday life, not just to the path of devoted, celibate yogis. He also made yoga therapy a respected wellness modality.


His eight books include the broad-based Heart of Yoga (1999), used in teacher training programs around the world, a biography of his father (Health, Healing and Beyond, 2005), and translations of the Yoga Sutras and Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

Though he was a committed secularist, he was deeply interested in the interface between Western conceptions of religion and yoga, and he both lectured and published on the topic.

His engineering background gave him unique insights into the mechanics of the body and his skill in caring for sickness through yoga was world-renowned. The famous teachers Leslie Kaminoff, Mark Whitwell, Chase Bossart, Gary Kraftsow, Larry Payne, and Kate Holcombe all studied deeply with him.

He suffered from dementia in his last years.

The immediate cause of his death is not yet known.

Among family members who have made their mark on the practice, he is survived by his son, Kausthub, who teaches worldwide and has published a biography of his father, and by his younger brother, Sri T.K. Sribhashyam, who teaches yoga in Europe and is the author of The Emergence of Yoga, a book on yoga's history, philosophy and practice,
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Re: Yoga Guru TKV Desikachar passed away
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2016, 11:37:31 AM »
We have lost a fine teacher and a Yoga master??
Posted on August 11, 2016 by Paul Harvey   
http://www.yogastudies.org/2016/08/lost-fine-teacher-yoga-master/


?Many years ago and not knowing my connection, a Yoga student commented around me ?Don?t go to Desikachar, he has no charisma?. At the time, though saying nothing, I was reminded that this was for me an important facet around my appreciation of him, in that it was his ordinariness that I found engaging.

Furthermore, this quality was reflected throughout his life in terms of its simplicity in that it didn?t actually change over the decades that I visited and studied within lessons or spent personal time or travelled with him privately.

He lived simply even when surrounded in his later years by fame and money. He ate simply, as I know from the many times I shared lunch or supper with him and his family. He kept to his priorities around his personal practices, as well as enjoying the family dynamics around his three children and the advent of grandchildren.

He eschewed running Yoga corporations or building Yoga empires; he never ran a teacher training course, preferring always to remain faithful and available to the teaching priorities of his father to teach students individually.

This methodology transmitted personally to him by Krishnamacharya, was technically known as the viniyoga of Yoga or application according to the individual. Though later generically labeled as Viniyoga, it remained at the forefront of his teaching whether for personal practice, exploring texts by delving into the commentaries of Krishnamacharya, or transmitting the professional skills required for working individually with others.

Most knew him through his public image from seminars and recordings of his lectures published as books. I knew him from my decades of sitting with him studying, chanting, observing his clinical work, walking, talking, eating and travelling. His passing reminds me of how much I have missed our sharing of space and time, before he was overtaken by the changes that went on around him, ere to the decline in his mental health.

We have lost a fine teacher and a Yoga master.?

? Obituary requested by the British Wheel of Yoga for their Journal?s September issue.
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2016, 10:10:55 PM »
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