Yoga Teacher. Yoga Therapist. Yoga Educator. Spiritual Counsellor. Mentor | Dr. Kausthub Desikachar
Dr. Kausthub Desikachar is the successor and current lineage holder of the classical Yoga tradition of T Krishnamacharya & TKV Desikachar. He is an acclaimed yoga teacher, yoga therapist, healer and spiritual adviser. His objectives include the sharing of the authentic teachings of Yoga to the modern era, as well as building bridges between different healing modalities to promote physical, emotional social and spiritual health.
For more than fifteen years, Kausthub has taught a multitude of students and teachers around the globe and has conducted numerous teacher and therapist training programs.
Dr. Kausthub Desikachar began studying yoga when he was 9 years old under the guidance of his teacher and father TKV Desikachar and started teaching at the age of 13. After completing his dual Masters degree from the renowned Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences, Pilani, he committed himself to becoming a full-time student and teacher of Yoga. Later in 2011, he concluded his doctoral studies from Psychology Department at the University of Madras, where his topic of research was “Effect of Individualised Yoga Training on Quality of Life.”
Dr. Kausthub Desikachar also works as a Yoga Therapist and offers clients astute and effective solutions for all sorts of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual illnesses. He combines his classical training in Yoga and Ayurveda, his modern education of psychology, and his interactions with traditional healers worldwide, to offer optimum and effective synergetic solutions to alleviate a wide range of problems. His approach to healing includes a wide range of Yoga Therapy tools including postures (asana), breath regulation (pranayama), meditation (dhyanam), dietary recommendations (ahara niyama), lifestyle suggestions (vihara niyama), chanting (mantra), visualisations / affirmations (bhavana), special energetic seals (mudra), symbolic gestures (nyasa) and guided self-inquiry (svadhyaya).
As a Yoga educator, Dr. Kausthub Desikachar is known for his remarkable, deep and well versed knowledge and his ability to present the ancient teachings in a way that is profound as well as applicable for modern day practitioners. He treats each student with the respect, compassion and dignity, and honours their capacity for growth and transformation. His teachings are especially beneficial for yoga teachers and yoga therapists as he helps them grasp the fullness and deep insights of the ancient teachings so that they are able to apply them in a competent and sincere way.
Dr. Kausthub Desikachar is currently an advisor to the Korean Yoga Alliance, Pranamanasyoga (a Yoga Therapy School in Spain), Be Yoga Norway and also the Yoga Therapy Advisor to Platinum Hospital, Mumbai. He is also an Adjunct Faculty for Yoga Therapy at Council For Yoga Therapy Education and Research (CYTER) at the Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Pondicherry. He is also in the Editorial Board of Annals of Yoga and Physical Therapy, a newly initiated peer-reviewed open access journal based in the USA, with an aim to develop a platform for innovative researchers working in the areas of Yoga and Physical Therapy.
In the past, he has also been an advisor to the International Association of Yoga Therapists and also a Patron to the British Wheel of Yoga.
He has also authored and co-authored numerous books on yoga, such as "The Heart of Asana: A comprehensive manual on Classical Yoga Postures” and a biography on his grandfather, the great yoga acharya T. Krishnamacharya, called "The Yoga of the Yogi".
Apart from Yoga Teaching, Kausthub is also an avid photographer, inspirational writer and poet. He is the co-founder of "Synergies in Healing", an online journal that focuses on bridging ancient wisdom and modern day science
Dr. Kausthub Desikachar is a member of a number of professional organisations. The list of his memberships are presented below.