“In 1996 a video about Sri T. Krishnamacharyas 100th birthday touched my heart. 10 years later my deep wish became true, I could visit the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai. During the four weeks course “Heart of Yoga” I was impressed by the Yoga Therapy classes. At the end I registered for the 4-years Yoga Therapy Training from KHYF with Sri TKV Desikachar and Dr. Kausthub Desikachar.
Although it was a big challenge, it was one of the best decisions I made in my life. Diving into the aspects of Yoga in a deep and subtle way gave me great confidence for my own teaching. But it was not only the tools which brought me personally forward, it was something beyond:
„The success of Yoga must not be measured by how flexible your body becomes, but rather by how much it opens your heart.” (Sri TKV Desikachar)
This I felt especially in the one-to-one classes during the training and the internship in India.
I can highly recommend the profound Yoga Therapy Training from KHYF with Dr. Kausthub Desikachar. The teachings come from the source and are rooted in an ancient tradition in the lineage of great Yogacaryas.
I am deeply grateful that I had this opportunity.
“It has been excruciatingly painful and wonderfully divine on a personal level. The changes that
have taken place within me and around me have been extremely uncomfortable yet absolutely
rewarding. Looking honestly at myself was full of disbelief until the acceptance came. Forgiving
people who have hurt me and caused me traumas seemed impossible even when i wanted to
forgive until forgiveness happened. I have sensed my heart demolished and rebuilt a hundred
times. At the end of this journey, that could be written down as a fairytale with all the witches and
fairies, seen and unseen, material and spiritual i know who and what i am not. Exploring the new
found freedom within me is at the beginning stages, taking first steps.
I have appreciated all the different teachers during this course. All of them have been specialists
on their field, be it theoretical or practical yoga therapy, chanting, practice classes, ayurveda,
psychology, anatomy etc. All the special guests that we met during our studies have been a treat.
Taking part of different rituals and ceremonies has been an experience not to be forgotten.
Different trips made privately or as a whole group have been very rewarding and special.
At the end i am very grateful to Kausthub who never gave up on me, who did not allow me to
become dependent on him, who forced me to take full responsibility of my life, so i could become
Katri Kaldaru Estonia
“It is indeed my great privilege to share my experience doing the “Sri Sakti” Chanting Retreat at your esteemed institute in January 2016. It was my first experience with chanting and I consider it a great honour that we were led under the expert guidance of Maneka Desikachar whose powerful voice, precise intonation and cheerful disposition made it the most enjoyable learning experience indeed. Kausthubji’s sessions were very illuminating with his trademark humour and his wealth of knowledge. The staff too deserve a special mention for their friendliness and support. I would certainly recommend the institute and its courses to authentic seekers of yoga.”
Shailaja Menon,Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
“Depuis que je me suis engagée dans la pratique du yoga sous le mentoring de Dr. Kausthub Desikachar, j’ai trouvé à la fois un refuge stable et rassurant mais aussi un extraordinaire terrain d’exploration dans lequel je me sens guidée. Cet enseignement que je reçois, je peux me l’approprier un peu plus chaque jour et il est pour moi comme des phares dans le brouillard, une lampe de poche dans l’obscurité: precieux pour avancer dans la vie et tellement lumineux!
Since I committed to Yoga practices under the mentoring of Dr. Kausthub Desikachar, I not only found a stable and reassuring refuge, but also an extraordinary field of exploration where I feel guided. I can integrate hese teachings in my every day bit by bit, and they are for me like a headlight in the fog, a flashlight in the dark : precious to move forward into life and so bright!
“Depuis que je me suis engagée dans la pratique du yoga sous le mentoring de Kausthub, j’ai trouvé à la fois un refuge stable et rassurant mais aussi un extraordinaire terrain d’exploration dans lequel je me sens guidée. Cet enseignement que je reçois, je peux me l’approprier un peu plus chaque jour et il est pour moi comme des phares dans le brouillard, une lampe de poche dans l’obscurité: precieux pour avancer dans la vie et tellement lumineux! Aurélie Coune”
“Menaka is very kind, careful and focused toward her students. She teaches with patience and generosity. She encourages self-confidence and self-empowerment. As a student, I feel respected and I feel I can do mistake without any judgment nor any stress. Beyond the computer and the chanting, a heart-to-heart relationship is setting.
Menaka est bienveillante, attentive et concentrée avec ses élèves. Elle enseigne avec patience et générosité. Elle encourage l’autonomie et la confiance en soi. En tant qu’élève, je me sens respectée et je peux faire des erreurs sans stress. Une relation de coeur à coeur s’est installée par-delà le chant et l’ordinateur.”