Yoga is gaining popularity as a complementary system of healing and health due to the multidimensional benefits that go beyond just addressing the physical body. Yoga not only offers an insight into how to evolve and maintain a better state of well-being, but has emerged as a powerful tool that can help alleviate illnesses that could have its origin in the physiological, psychological and/or emotional aspects.
Yoga Therapy is a complementary and holistic health care system that addresses the needs of the whole person through continuous adaptation of its many tools to suit each student’s unique and changing needs. Hence a deeper understanding of the entire gamut of Yoga’s tools, its fundamental processes and their practical application becomes critical.
When appropriately administered, Yoga Therapy practices may be utilized for a wide variety of objectives such as:
• Promoting and maintaining physical and mental health
• Serving as a collaborative and complementary system of holistic health care
• Relieving stress and promoting efficiency
• Improving quality of life, even when managing chronic conditions
• Dealing with challenging life situations
• Guiding us on the path of personal healing
• Embarking us on a journey of spiritual transformation
• Developing our unique inner strengths as healers
II. THE TEACHINGS
It was Professor Sri T Krishnamacharya, a pioneer among the contemporary yogis, who significantly
revived this ancient system of Yoga in a way applicable to each person, and to our modern times. His
teachings apply an integrative approach that links body, mind and spirit; a meeting-ground where
each one discovers himself or herself, both, at conscious and subconscious levels.
The uniqueness of the Krishnamacharya tradition of Yoga lies in this, that Yoga is tailor-made to suit
the individual. This is done by continually adapting, and applying the wide range of tools available in
Yoga appropriately to suit the unique and changing needs of the care seeker, thus bringing about the
therapeutic benefits in the most effective manner.
III. THE ORGANIZATION
The classical tradition of doing Yoga, as taught by Yogacarya Sri T Krishnamacharya, is represented
through Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation (KHYF). The KHYF is founded by TKV Desikachar
and Dr. Kausthub Desikachar and is the organization that officially represents the living tradition of
Professor T Krishnamacharya, thus giving continuity to this wonderful and precious lineage.
IV. YOGA THERAPY
In the classical tradition of Professor Sri T Krishnamacharya, represented through Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation, Yoga Therapy is practiced with the following orientation:
• As a self-empowering process, where the Care Seeker is responsible for his/her healing process.
• In an individualized, one-to-one setting
• As multi-dimensional in its approach, often utilizing many tools of Yoga
• As an individual centric process
• As a context sensitive method, respecting the age, occupation, ability and other parameters of the
• As an evolving process, not an instant solution
• As a personal and spiritual development path, and a process to develop one’s own unique strengths
• As a collaborative and complementary system of self-health care.
V. THE YOGA THERAPY TRAINING
This program will offer an in-depth training in applying the holistic principles of Yoga as a complementary system of healing. This training program is most suited for those who would like to become Yoga Therapists and for those who wish to develop individualized complementary Yoga Therapy processes for students with different kinds of ailments or health concerns. By undergoing this intense training, students learn about the therapeutic aspects of Yoga so that they may facilitate others in their journey towards self-empowerment, healing and personal transformation.
It will also provide a good opportunity for trainees to develop their own unique strengths as healers.