The grandson of Krishnamacharya and son of TKV Desikachar, Kausthub Desikachar, has stepped down from his position at the Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation (KHYF) amidst allegations of misconduct.
In their only official public statement, the KHYF stated in a Sept 22 mailing list update:
The Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation has been made aware of the varying allegations of sexual, mental and emotional abuse against Dr. Kausthub Desikachar.
Upholding this tradition and approach in the field of Yoga and Therapy, the Krishnamachraya Healing and Yoga Foundation are taking these allegations very seriously.
Dr. Kausthub Desikachar has stepped down from both the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and the Krishnamachraya Healing and Yoga Foundation worldwide.
The Krishnamachraya Healing and Yoga Foundation has appointed Ms. Anupama Das as transitional Director until a Governing Council has been formed to over see its activities.
Our sincere and heartfelt thoughts at this moment are with all of those individuals who are both directly and indirectly affected by this situation and we are hoping that that each can find a starting point where healing can begin to happen.
All current courses, training programs, events and activities run by the Krishnamachraya Healing and Yoga Foundation will continue as planned, changes in the faculty for each individual course will be made separately.
Director : Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation
Based in Chennai, India, the KHYF is the professional organization that represents the teachings of Krishnamacharya, who is regarded by many as the “father of modern yoga” and counted BKS Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois and Indra Devi among his influential students. The KHYF also trains yoga teachers and yoga therapists within the Krishanamacharya lineage, and is committed to advancing the role of yoga in complimentary health care.
Kausthub Desikachar is an internationally renowned yoga teacher and yoga therapist. He is the founder of the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram MITRA, an outreach yoga program that brings yoga to economically and socially under-privileged communities. Desikachar is also the author of The Yoga of The Yogi: The Legacy of T Krishnamacharya, a biography of his grandfather, as well as co-author of The Viniyoga of Yoga: Applying Yoga for Healthy Living. He is a patron of the British Wheel of Yoga and acts as an advisor to the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
According to emails circulating within the North American arm of the Krishnamacharya lineage, five women in a recent training group in Austria filed formal complaints against Desikachar. Apparently, he isn’t denying these allegations. Sources within the community also claim that similar allegations came to light as early as 2007, but were apparently ignored and “covered up” by senior KHYF faculty.