T.K.V Desikachar, son of Indian yoga master T.Krishnamacharya , passed away in Chennai on Monday. He was 78. TKV Desikachar is the son and student of T. Krishnamacharya, popularly known as “the father of modern yoga.”The Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram trust in Chennai was founded in 1976 by Desikachar as an ode to his father’s teachings. An international memorial meeting to honor him will be conducted later in the year, the Trust said.
In the 60s and 70s, when yoga was practised only by a small section of people, even in India, T.K.V. Desikachar quit his job as an engineer and embarked on a journey in yoga. In 1976 he founded Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) which “revolutionised the yoga practice in the country,” had said Kausthub Desikachar, co-founder of Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation.
Mr. Desikachar formulated the system of teaching yoga by drawing stick figures to convey various postures.Mr. Desikachar was also involved in the philosophy of yoga. Apart from teaching yoga, the institute was also involved in yoga research and had programmes for children with special needs, he said.