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TKV Desikachar, Son Of Krishnamacharya, Has Died At 78

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TKV Desikachar 1938-2016 | image via T. Krishnamacharya facebook page

We lose yet another yoga master. We’re sad to report that influential yoga teacher TKV Desikachar passed on at age 78 at 2:45am local time, August 8th. News of his death is just starting to reach our side of the world. Though details are not yet known, news of TKV Desikachar’s declining physical health surfaced earlier this summer following a longer battle with a decline in mental health over several years.

For those unaware, TKV Desikachar is the son and student of T. Krishnamacharya the man known as “the father of modern yoga,” who was also the teacher of another well-known yogi, BKS Iyengar. Desikachar continued the teachings of his father by focusing on the adaptability and therapeutic aspects of the practice to meet each student’s needs. He founded the Kirshnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in 1976 to honor and continue his father’s teachings.

The following message was posted to the T. Krishnamacharya facebook page:

The light has expanded and is continuing to guide us beyond boundaries of space and time.

After an extraordinary life of service and healing, Sir TKV Desikachar reached the lotus feet of the lord on 08 August 2016 at 2.45am India Time.

The family is making arrangements for the funeral following the traditional Indian scriptures. An international memorial meeting to honor him will be conducted later in the year, where his students from around the world can participate. Details of this will be communicated in time.

At this current moment, we request you all to hold him in your prayers and celebrate his wonderful contributions to the fields of Yoga, Yoga Therapy, and Spirituality.


Our hearts and thoughts go out to Desikachar’s family and extended family of students around the world.

“The success of yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures, but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.” -TKV Desikachar



11 comments… add one
  • Always grateful for Srivatsa Ramaswami ji for introducing me to this Yoga tradition a dozen years ago. It changed my teaching and my life.

    I remember his free public talks on Saturday mornings from years ago in Chennai. Whether it was chanting the Sutras or a talk on Sanskrit or the Gita. I remember how nervous I was the first time I chanted a few lines of the Gayatri Mantra for him. Sitting on floor in class, Sir standing over me looking so serious with his bushy eyebrows. Then I chanted and he said “good.”

    I will be in Varanasi in February living a stone’s throw from Ganga Ma and I will put his photo in a lotus along with marigolds and float it down the river. May Sir have a fortunate rebirth.

  • Cary

    Seems like a good man but surprised he didn’t live longer doing yoga all those years.

  • Ron

    This news is sad for many of us, but let us not forget the sadness it brings to his family. In the end regardless of his greatness as a teacher to many others he was and always will be a husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, in law or just a good friend before he was a teacher.

  • This is sad news for everyone. TKV Desikachar and his family have helped the world. We are grateful for the teachings and the memories.

  • Safe passage, TVK. Thank you for sharing your life and wisdom.

  • Sad to hear this. It’s always especially sad when I see yoga and healing arts luminaries die in their 70s. Too young! I thank the entire Krishnamacharya family for their contributions to this healing practice.

  • Elizabeth Brower

    Rest in peace and light dear Sir. Thank-you for all the help you have given to so many people.
    with love to you.

  • Robert Rollings

    He was the son we hope to be, the honest student we admire and the devoted teacher we appreciate most. His gift of writing and putting pen to thoughts regarding his father’s life and insights are exceptional. His father would be very pleased. We can all share in a common gratitude.

  • Ram Mohan Narayanan

    My dear Teacher, I am greatly grieved to hear that you have left us. I was so proud to be known as your first student, starting way back in 1967.

  • The yoga world will miss him

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