Happy 75th Birthday TKV Desikachar!

Anyone want to go to France in October of 2013?  If so, I have the perfect excuse—TKV Desikachar’s 75th birthday celebration.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with TKV Desikachar, he is the son of T. Krishnamacharya, who was the key lineage bearer of the Viniyoga principles in our lifetimes.

In other words, Desikachar is my teacher’s teacher, and he is in charge of keeping this lineage’s principles alive worldwide, even if they sometimes go by another name. I have learned everything I know about yoga as a direct result of Desikachar’s work with his students, most notably Margaret Pierce (who taught me everything I know about prenatal yoga)  and Gary Kraftsow (who taught me almost everything else.)

I’ve taken some seminars with Desikachar, though I can’t really say I’m his student.  (To me, a person can only say they’ve studied with a teacher if he or she would recognize them standing on the street.) What I can say about this gentle man is that he seems kind, unassuming, humble, and that he has a self-professed love of chocolate and other forms of candy.  😉

In honor of his birthday, I’d like to offer you the opportunity to better know this man by sharing a few things you might not know about Desikachar:

  • He started his professional life as an engineer with little interest in yoga.
  • He has been a yoga teacher using his father’s principles since the 1960’s.
  • He is totally devoted to the teachings of his father, T. Krishnamacharya.
  • He pioneered the use of line drawings (aka stick figures) as a short hand for documenting yoga sequences.
  • He showed how modifications (adaptations) of yoga asanas could help yoga be truly adapted to the needs of the individual.

Desikachar is now working to pass his leadership role on to his son, Kaustub Desikachar, with whom  I hope to take seminars in the future.

The celebration of Desikachar’s 75th birthday in Porte Leucate, France, will include lecture, asana, pranayama, chant, and meditation in both English and French.  I won’t be able to attend, but I hope some of you can, and if so, please bring me back lots of photos! To learn more, check out this web site.


Tracy Weber

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