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Letter to KHYF from a blog reader

November 6, 2012

A letter to KHYF from a blog reader (yoga quest):

Hi, I don’t know if you want to quote this as a post or just a comment. Last week I wrote this Email to the KHYF:

Dear Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation

I read all your statements about “Dr. Kausthub Desikachar completely stepping aside from the foundation”. I can see your efforts in actions like the announced evening of healing. Unfortunately the KHYF website doesn’t show any clear communication concerning the KHYFs separation from Mr. Kausthub Desikachar:

1. Why do you not display any of your information about the changes that you are currently making within the organization – under “news & KHYF administration”, if you really want to communicate openly and earnestly?

2. Since Dr. Kausthub Desikachar has stepped down from both the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and the Krishnamachraya Healing and Yoga Foundation worldwide, he should no longer appear as a member of “the Team”. Nobody in “the Team” and definitely nobody who payed for courses within the KHYF training programs wants to be associated in the public with Mr. Kausthub Desikachars labels such as: “yoga sex scandal”, “psychopath”, “sick man who destroys the Krishnamacharya legacy”.

The text on the website needs to be urgently revised and edited to take account of the unfortunate developments around the cumulating facts & testimonies about Mr. Kausthub Desikachars abusive behavior in the past. (quote from the website: “our Team: Dr. Kausthub Desikachar – Son and Student of TKV Desikachar, Dr. Kausthub Desikachar is an internationally renowned yoga teacher and yoga therapist, taking yoga into the next generation. Through the KYM-Mitra,which he founded, Dr. Kausthub takes yoga to the socially and economically under-privileged. He is the author of The Yoga of The Yogi : The Legacy of T. Krishnamacharya, a lovely biography on his grandfather, as well as co-author of Vedic Chant Companion and The Viniyoga of Yoga : Applying Yoga for healthy living. He is also a patron of the British Wheel of Yoga as well as an advisor to the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Being an avid photographer, he is also the editor of Masters in Focus : Inspiring images of Yogacarya T Krishnamcharya and his pupils, a limited edition publication.”)

3. Under “resources” on your website you still publish Mr. Kausthub Desikachars articles and offer his yoga sutra video lectures. The KHYF looses credit by continuing to base the content of the KHYF website on Mr. Kausthub Desikachars work: Even if he was an astute lecturer of yoga philosophy, even if he has contributed valuable articles to the website as an author – someone who is good in talking about yoga but is so far away from being authentic, someone who apparently has a history of serious and continuous abuse in his function as a teacher as well as a therapist – such an authority has lost credibility, not only as a lecturer, teacher and yoga therapist, but also as a trustworthy author
and credible source. I’m afraid that the KHYF credibility will be at stake by not discontinuing the availability of his articles and books.

I’m very curious to see how you will handle your web presence, transparency and clear-cut separation from Mr. Kausthub Desikachar in the near future. I wish you all the best in this severe crisis and with the difficult task of protecting this valuable tradition and approach in the field of Yoga and Therapy.



From → KHYF

  1. “He is also a patron of the British Wheel of Yoga as well as an advisor to the International Association of Yoga Therapists.” Kausthub Desikachar is nowhere to be seen on the IAYT’s web site! At least.

  2. julia permalink

    I think just as important is the response of these organisations to the allegations. In most criminal proceedings the suspect would be suspended from their duties pending investigation. Why has no-one written to all the officials?

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