T Krishnamacharya
S Sridharan
Dr. Latha Satish
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Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM)


A Residential Yoga Retreat at
Swami Dayananda Ashram - Rishikesh

Date:   17th – 29th July 2017
Phone:   (+91) 44 24937998 | 44 24933092
(+91) 44 24952900 | (+91) 9600098829


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Shri S Sridharan and Dr Latha Satish will be the lead faculty

The Schedule

6:30 - 7.20 AM Asana Practice
7:20 - 9.00 AM Breakfast
9:00 - 9.50 AM Insights fromYoga Sutra - Sadhana Pada
10:00 - 10.50 AM Tools of Yoga
11:00 - 11.50 AM Chanting
11:50 - 15.00 AM Lunch
15:00 - 15.50 AM Insights fromYoga Sutra - Sadhana Pada
15:50 - 16.20 AM Tea
16:20 - 17.00 AM Pranayama Practice
15:50 - 16.20 AM Practice of Dhyana

Fee: Indian Individual Rs. 20,000/-
Indian Couple Rs. 32,000/-, International Students US$ 700

Stay and Food are part of Fee. Arriving at the ashram will be at their cost.
All report to the ashram on 16 July afternoon and can leave on 30 July morning.

  • Comfortable ashram rooms with attached bath and hot water will be provided.

  • All report to the ashram on 16th July afternoon and can leave on 30 July morning

  • Limited seats only


The Yoga Tradition of T Krishnamacharya

Across India, there are several renowned centres of yoga and yoga studies which carry on the individual yoga traditions of their respective preceptors and spiritual guides. One such tradition that is over a century old is the yoga tradition of the legendary yogi, T Krishnamacharya (1888-1989) who taught four of the greatest masters of yoga in modern times – Sri. BKS Iyengar, Sri. PattabhiJoise, Smt. Indra Devi, Sri RamaswamiSrivatsa and Sri. TKV Desikachar.

T Krishnamacharya’s path breaking contribution to yoga lies in his highly individual centric approach that emphasizes the adaptation of the different tools of yoga to suit the changing needs of the individual practitioner. In refusing to standardize the practice and teaching methodology, Krishnamacharya created an understanding of yoga relevant for a broad spectrum of students. By integrating the ancient teachings of Yoga and Indian philosophy with modern-day requirements, Krishnamacharya created yoga practices that are as accurate and powerful as they are practical and relevant.

Also evident in his teaching methodology is the integration of core principles from India;s Vedic heritage. He evolved a unique style of sequencing postures, called vinyasa karma, in which the practitioner seamlessly moves from ne posture to the next using the natural dynamics of the breath and corresponding spinal movement. Another hallmark of the Krishnamacharya tradition is the interweaving of key philosophical concepts from the Yoga Sutra within the framework of the practical tools of yoga. T Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar emphasized the inherently practical nature of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra which is a key text studied in this tradition. The broad spectrum application of yoga’s multiple tools primarily in the arena of yoga therapy is another significant element in the Krishnamacharya tradition.

Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM)
In 1976, as a token of gratitude to his father and teacher, T K V Desikachar founded the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) as a non-profit charitable institution to share the teachings he had received. KYM has now come to be regarded as one of the most respected yoga centers in the world, where people from all over come to lean and practice the different aspects of yoga in a secular and friendly environment.

The central work of the KYM is bringing health and wellbeing to others through the healing practice of Yoga Therapy. The KYM has been providing Yoga Therapy services to the local and International communities for thirty years, and physicians frequently refer patients to the KYM for help in managing their ailments. The KYM’s client-base also extends to those seeking to improve their general health and fitness.

Other activities of KYM include Yoga Studies, KYM-Media, KYM-Mitra, (an outreach program that brings the healing benefits of Yoga to the economically and socially underprivileged and the differently-abled), Research into the effects of yoga on health apart from Healing Chants.

An ISO 9001:2008 certified organization, the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram is recognized by the Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Tamilnadu. Further, the KYM has been identified as one of seven leading institutes of yoga in India by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), New Delhi. 

Our Founder, TKV Desikachar
Son and student of T Krishnamacharya, TKV Desikachar is today acknowledged as a great master in his own right. He had the unique privilege of studying under his father and teacher in the traditional gurukula system. (In this system of education, the student would reside with the teacher for the entire duration of the learning period, so that a total commitment to learning was possible.) During his long and intensive study with his teacher spanning thirty years, Desikachar not only learned the practice and application of all the tools of Yoga, but also studied how to apply yoga and chanting as well for therapeutic purposes. He also studied at depth other literary works such as the vishnuSahsranama, Bhagavad Gita, VisnuPurana,  hymns of the great Vaisnavite Saint, Vedanta Desika, the Yoga Rahasya of Nathamuni, Patanjali'sYogasutra, YajnavalkyaSamhita, Yoga Taravalli, HathayogaPradipika etc. This is why Desikachar’s teaching is so close to representing the complete tradition of his legendary father.

Yoga and its Relevance in Our Lives

Although an ancient Indian discipline that dates back many millennia, the role that Yoga has played and continues to play in our lives is by no means insignificant. This is especially relevant in the context of modern-day living where personal and professional pressures continue to mount and take a fairly severe toll on the health and well-being of every individual.

As a holistic discipline that integrates body, breath and mind, yoga offers well-integrated practices for alleviation of several clinical conditions, for the maintenance of good health and the prevention of illness.

Owing to its immense contribution towards enhancing health, quality of life and an opportunity for self-development, yoga today is in the forefront of numerous public discourses as an important complementary therapeutic modality and as a viable academic and career pursuit.

"Breath is central to Yoga because breath is central to life
... and Yoga is about life" -T Krishnamacharya

- Swami Dayananda Ashram, Rishikesh -