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April 9, 2013

Updated: April 13th

Before the site was taken down, this is what was on it:

The top of every age had a large picture of a ring with a dark stone in the middle. The ring has featured in some of the stories of women who have been affected by him.

There were articles about

  • The Yoga Makaranda
  • A CV
  • And a list of services, which included classes and education directly from the teacher in various forms.

April 14th: Seems the is site up and ready for business again


From → Kausthub

  1. allise rhode permalink

    Saw this and had to wonder at the stars above about the ring in all the photos on K.Desikachar’s new web-site. This must be his grandfathers ring. No question.

    SInce one of the ‘victims’ claims that K.D. used his grandfathers ring to manipulate her or worse, this just boggles the mind.

    The photos almost seem to mock the victim.

    The let yoga ‘do’ you sentiment is beyond the pale.

  2. Anonymous permalink

    Seems that the website has been removed.

  3. allise rhode permalink

    Not quite, you need a password!!
    Guess K. didn’t care for the blowback.
    Hopefully, the man can get it together in a less offensive way.

  4. Either KD is in complete denial or he still has a following. Both, I would guess.

    • yogasentinel permalink

      Both from what I hear.

      There are quite a few people in Europe and Scandinavia who are in regular lessons on skype with him.

      The relationship between SKY and KD is very tight but not transparent. Anyone that thinks that Mrs. Desikachar and Mrs. Radha are running SKY by themselves is misinformed, unfortunately.

  5. yogasentinel permalink

    Swathi Soft Solutions
    10, Bazzullah Road, T. Nagar
    Chennai TN 600017 IN

    Domain Name: KAUSTHUB.COM

    Administrative Contact, Technical Contact:
    K S, Sudhakar
    Swathi Soft Solutions
    10,Bazzulah Road T. Nagar
    Chennai TN, 600017 IND
    8284252 fax: 999 999 9999

    Record expires on 13-Oct-2013.
    Record created on 13-Oct-2001.

    Domain servers in listed order:

    • yogasentinel permalink

      Something to notice is that Mr. Sudhakar is on the board of KYM and wrote emails completely disassociating KYM from Kausthub.

      • I have no support for Kausthub, but another WHOIS search shows that the registration above was last updated 29-Sep-2012, most likely when it came due for renewal. That the entry is listing a software/web design company that has long association with KYM and KHYF does not allude to a post-scandal secret alliance, only that Kausthub hired them to handle his domain registrations and were still doing so as of last September.

  6. Anonymous permalink

    It is curious to note that K.D. named this website as Yoga Makaranda (after his grandfather’s book). This was mentioned on one of the pages before the website was password protected.

  7. Anonymous permalink

    A Google search for or will show additional information, including the title for the website.

  8. Anonymous permalink

    Here is an excerpt from

    Yoga Makaranda | The Nectar of Yoga

    April 02, 2013/ Kausthub Desikachar
    Yoga Makaranda was T Krishnamacharya’s first book on the topic of Yoga. Published originally in Kannada language in 1934, this book was one of the few available at the time. It is also one of the first publications ever to present the practice of Āsana-s in a sequential manner or Vinyāsa-krama, a method unknown at the time to the general public.

    It is highly possible that the renowned master named his book, probably because of inspiration from a verse in the Hathayogapradipika (HYP).

    मकरन्दं पिबन् भृंगो गन्दं नापेक्षते यथा | नादासक्ता तथा चित्तं विषयान् नहि कांक्षते ||

    makarandam piban bhrngo gandham napeksate yatha | nadasakta tatha cittam visayan nahi kanksate ||

    Just like the bee tasting honey, is not interested in the fragrance [of the flower], so too the mind thats is absorbed in Nāda, does not crave for objects [to please the senses].

    HYP IV.90


    The word Makaranda means Nectar of the flower, which is honey. The Yogis believed that the honey was the most refined part of the plant, and contained its best essence. This is exactly the metaphor with which the HYP is uses the term. According to its teaching, the practice of Nadanusandhanam is considered the most refined tool of Hathayoga. This is why the author says that while a Yogi’s mind is intoxicated with the nectar of the Nada, he is oblivious to other distractions such as sensual objects.

    Krishnamacharya probably uses the term in the same manner, as he presents the essential teachings of Yoga philosophy through this publication. Yoga Makaranda, literally translated could mean ‘The best essence of Yoga’ or ‘The Nectar of Yoga’.

    The book was first published in Kannada language, in the year 1938, at the behest by the then Mysore Maharaja, His Holiness Sri Krishnarajendra Wadiyar IV Bahadur. The book received great interest and there are documents to show that it was recommended to all school libraries at the time. Owing to its popularity it was later translated into Tamil four years later in 1938. However, it was not until many decades had passed that an English translation was published in 2011, translated by his own son and primary pupil TKV Desikachar. Further, in the year 2012, it was also translated into French language.

    Both English and French versions of the publication are currently available and can be purchased through the publishers directly. You can contact them by emailing or visiting this link.

    ​First official Invoice of the publication Yoga Makaranda. Circa 1935

    There are a great many documents associated with the Yoga Makaranda, that are carefully stored and archived by the family. Here we share an interesting document, which is the first official quote that the palace received for printing 500 copies. It seems that though the book was printed in 1934, the invoice was raised only in the year 1935, but pencil marks and also the invoice reference number 393-34 indicate that it belongs to the accounting of the year 1934. You can click on the image to expand it into a larger size.

    It is easy to deduce that average cost of each copy was about Rs. 2.00. The book was sold at this same price to the general public. A pretty pricey book, considering the salaries of people at the time. Documentation exists to prove that Krishnamacharya’s own salary at this time was only Rs. 60.00 per month. Which is a mere 30 times the cost of his book.

    This website is named in honor of Krishnamacharya’s first book.

  9. Anonymous permalink

    Link to KD’s letter dated 14 April 2013:

  10. julia permalink

    This is an excerpt from Kausthub’s letter to all new devotees.

    “I realise that some of the decisions that I have made in the past have not been consistent with the high standards that I usually set for myself. I also fully understand and acknowledge that these have had far reaching effects, way beyond myself. There is no way of changing this past. I wholeheartedly repent for what has happened”

    and an apology or recompense to your victims???????????????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Do you know SKY has come up with a “Code of Ethics” that has copyright Kausthub Desikachar, and people are still wondering if he has anything to do with it?

  12. ASD permalink

    Version 1.0.0 Last Edited 31 March 2013 of this “Code of Ethics” shows SKY Yoga as the copyright holder and not Kausthub Desikachar. Are you referring to an earlier version?

  13. Todd permalink

    Kausthub is 100% involved with SKY.. I was there and he is there… He is teaching there..Period

  14. Fernando molina tavares permalink

    I am not very familiar with the scandal i am reading , i just wonder that, if this happened like it sounds, why is Kathsub’s Mother supporting the program?
    Why is yoga alliance accepting registration of courses?
    Just asking.

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