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