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Celebrating T. K. V. Desikachar A Life in Yoga, a Legacy of Learning

For everyone.

June 21, 2018 would have been T. K. V. Desikachar’s 80th birthday. In honor of that event, Kripalu and The Breathing Project have joined forces to host an unprecedented celebration—bringing together some of Desikachar’s best-known students—to pay tribute to the life and work of this exemplary teacher of yoga. Representing the founding core of the ever-expanding field of yoga therapeutics in the West, these master teachers offer a mix of talks and on-the-mat practice sure to educate, uplift, and inspire.

The brilliant son of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, “the teacher of the teachers,” Desikachar was a great yoga scholar and engineer who was able to bring to modern minds the full impact of his father's teaching.

Above all else, Desikachar honored the uniqueness of every individual and insisted that yoga teaching be skillfully adapted to each person. During his life, he embodied this principle by creating a rich tapestry of teaching relationships that he wove equally from the threads of tradition and innovation.

There is no better way to appreciate the richness of Desikachar’s tradition than to experience the incredible diversity of approaches developed by our guest presenters, who now carry on the work of spreading this rich tradition. Come join us as we gather in the spirit of learning and gratitude for being a part of this great teaching family.

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Gary Kraftsow, MA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, pioneering teacher of yoga for health, healing, and transformation, directs the American Viniyoga Institute and has authored two yoga books.

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Richard Miller, PhD, author of iRest Meditation and Yoga Nidra, is an internationally recognized teacher of nondual yogic meditation and its integration into daily living.

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Leslie Kaminoff is a yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T. K.V. Desikachar. He is an internationally recognized specialist with four decades of experience in the fields of yoga, breath, anatomy, and bodywork.

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Larry Payne, PhD, E-RYT 500, is an internationally respected yoga teacher and author, and a founding father of yoga therapy in the United States.

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Mirka Kraftsow is a master teacher with more than 30 years of experience teaching, training, and educating.

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R. Sriram began to teach yoga systematically in 1977 in Chennai, his hometown, with T.K.V. Desikachar.

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Navtej Johar is a practitioner and master teacher of yoga in the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya and T. K. V. Desikachar.

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Mark Whitwell is interested in developing an authentic yoga practice for each individual, based on the teachings of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, “the teacher of the teachers,” and his son T. K. V. Desikachar.

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