On April 14, 1976, TKV Desikachar founded the Krishnamacharya
Yoga Mandiram in honor of his father and teacher, the legendary Yogi T Krishnamacharya.
In creating the KYM, a public, charitable trust, Desikachar hoped to realize
the dream of his father: to spread the healing message of Yoga beyond the
territorial boundaries of India - beyond gender, race, religion, and nationality.
Desikachar continues to adapt the ancient discipline of yoga to address
the needs of contemporary lifestyles in keeping with the spirit of Krishnamacharya’s
pioneering work with Yoga and Yoga Therapy. Through their efforts, Desikachar
and the teachers and staff of the KYM hope to educate the broader public
about yoga’s potential for enhancing health, longevity, and quality of life.
The central work of the KYM is bringing health and wellbeing to others through
the healing practice of Yoga Therapy. Over the years, demand, not only for
the KYM’s services, but also its knowledge has led to the growth of the
KYM from a single-room facility to a multi-department institute. Over 50
teachers and consultants along with an administrative staff of 30 offer
therapeutic yoga in a professional, caring setting to people from all over
the world. The KYM presently houses six departments: Yoga Cikitsa (Therapy),
Yoga Studies, Publications, and Chanting, as well as KYM-Mitra, a philanthropic
organization that brings the healing benefits of Yoga to the economically
and socially underprivileged and the differently-abled. The KYM’s newest
department is Research, where teachers are using scientifically approved
protocols to study the effects of Yoga on health, thus ensuring that the
message of the past remains relevant for the future.
To know more about the KYM including details about the different departments
and ongoing educational programs for local and International students,