Top 10 Quotes Honoring Yoga Master TKV Desikachar

“Yoga exists in our world because everything is linked”. –TKV Desikachar.

Legendary yoga therapy master and son of T. Krishnamacharya, TKV Desikachar, passed on at age 78 on August 8th, 2016, leaving behind a legacy of inspiration. Desikarchar studied structural engineering before he learned yoga from his father. He was impressed by how therapeutic yoga could be, and developed a custom made programme called Viniyoga.

Deemed ‘the father of modern yoga’, T. Krishnamacharya has many famous students including BKS Iyengar and Pattahbi Jois. TKV Desikachar built on his father’s teaching by focusing on the pliability and individuality of practices to meet his students’ conditions. He has written many great books, including The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice, which is an invaluable resource about yoga practice and theory for teachers and students alike.

Some of Desikachar’s famous students included J. Krishnamurti, a famous French philosopher, and his follower Gerald Blitz. Later in life, Desikarchar founded Krishnamachary Yoga Mandiram, which sees almost 1000 students visit monthly to practice.

Our hearts go out to Desikachar’s family and loved ones. In his memory, here are our top 10 favourite quotes:

  1. Yoga is 99% waste removal.
  2. The breath is a wonder drug.
  3. Your life is your message to the world, make sure it’s inspiring.
  4. Everybody can breathe, therefore everyone can practice yoga.
  5. We do not have such a clear mirror for our minds as we do for our bodies.
  6. Whenever you are in doubt, it is best to pause. Few things are so pressing that they cannot wait for a moment of breath.
  7. Taking an intelligent approach means working toward your goal step by step.
  8. However powerful or disturbing something may appear to be, it is our reaction to it that determines its effects.
  9. We must discover why we practice.
  10. The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.

Share your favourite quotes with us in the comments.

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Annie Au
Annie Au

Annie is an international yoga teacher, educator and writer. Specializes in yoga anatomy, she infuses anatomy knowledge in her yoga classes to help students practice more intelligently and avoid injuries. Annie has the ability to lead a dynamic class filled with inversions with a duality of restorative and healing sequences. She is grateful to learn from various genuine masterful teachers. Eternal gratitude and thanks to teachers: Dharma Mittra, Boonchu Tanti & Ganesh Mohan. Before yoga, she was a professional contemporary dancer and founder of Au Dance School in Vancouver. Her decade long dance career has taken her around the world including some fond memories touring in India, Egypt, Brazil and Germany. Annie teaches Dharma and Yin Yoga and is currently studying Tibetan Buddhism. Follow her on Website, Facebook and Instagram.

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