The Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation (KHYF)
strives to provide students and teachers of Yoga with the highest
quality Yoga education and training. Towards this end, the KHYF has
conceived and planned four levels of certification - Yoga Teacher, Yoga
Teacher Trainer, Yoga Therapist, and Yoga Therapist Trainer.
Each of these training certifications is carefully designed under the
guidance of TKV Desikachar, and will be implemented with a purpose to
provide quality education to all graduating students. The programs are
designed to present yoga in its holistic form and equip students to use
the vast range of yogaís tools to serve the needs of those seeking yoga.
All courses will be conducted by KHYF-certified teachers. These teachers
have been training Yoga Teachers and Therapists for several years and
have extensive experience both as educators and as teachers and
therapists in the field of Yoga. Since Yoga is about personal and
spiritual evolution, certain basic moral and ethical standards must be
maintained and followed. It is expected that KHYF instructors will model
these high standards and communicate with students in a way that
reflects their commitment to the principles of yama and niyama.
Mentoring: the heart of the KHYF program
Apart from the classroom experience they will have
their trainers, emphasis is also placed on the role of a mentor, will
guide and help each graduating student. The heart of the training
program is the studentís relationship with a mentor. This element of the
KHYF program reflects the traditional style of teaching Yoga, where each
student was taught on a one-to-one basis by their teacher. This allowed
the teacher to tailor the curriculum to the needs and abilities of the
Every KHYF student will have a mentor with whom they meet regularly.
This student-mentor relationship is important to the experience of the
training and will be a crucial component in the studentís evaluation
process. Meetings will involve development of a personal practice for
the student and continuous review and evolution of that practice. This
relationship will also provide the student with direction and support
throughout their course of study.
In addition to mentoring from individual mentors, students will be able
to access the wide range of study material, articles and features that
will form part of the KHYF website. Apart from these, students can also
create and participate in discussion forums through the website and can
interact and learn from other KHYF students and teachers from around the
Currently the KHYF and the KYM are the only two organizations that can
offer all levels of courses. However, KHYF certified trainers will offer
training programs that will help students become Yoga Teachers and Yoga
Therapists. To find a teacher nearest to you, click here.