Dear Friends, students, colleagues and well-wishers,

Children are the future of our nation. It is extremely important for us to use all the tools available to chisel this generation, especially given the fast paced world that they are born into. And what better tool than Yoga to achieve this. By now all of you are aware of the benefits of Yoga, however, I would like to highlight a few of them; Yoga helps children focus better, improves their concentration level, develops awareness, helps in managing stress and strengthens and energises them.

Desikachar Sir believed in introducing yoga to children at a very young age so that it becomes a way of life and took classes for kids on a very regular basis. At KYM, Saturdays are specifically set aside for children’s yoga classes with 3 batches (for an hour each) at various levels, commencing from 3PM and till at 6PM.

In an earnest effort to reach yoga to children across all walks of the society, through our MITRA projects, our teachers take yoga to children from the economically challenged section of society. Some organisations that we reach out to are PS High School, AIWC School and schools run by Corporation of Chennai.

Living our Sir’s dream of reaching Yoga to all, our teachers take Yoga to schools in the Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities of Tamil Nadu like Meenakshi School, Melur, Madurai, Srividya Mandir Mat. School, Valliyur and tribal school children at Kolli Hills. Our teachers also conduct classes to the children in Correctional Homes in Chennai and a significant behavioural modification in them has been observed.

It gives me immense pleasure and satisfaction to note this progress. And my best wishes to all the teachers who have made this possible.

I take leave from you on this note and hope to hear back from you with suggestions and feedback on your experience at KYM on


K. S. Sudhakar,
Managing Trustee, 
Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram


Darsanam – next edition releases

We are happy to present to you the second edition of KYM-Darsanam, a quarterly journal on yoga and Yoga-cikitsa (available now for free download on The theme for this edition is Saumanasyam – emotional health and wellness.

IYA Membership

Indian Yoga Association is a maiden effort by the Government of India in collaboration with all leading yoga institutions to bring all institutions under one umbrella. This was set up to develop and promote the knowledge, education and applications of Yoga for the benefit of all sections of the society. KYM is the founder member of IYA and its membership certificate was presented by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravisankar.

Launch of Language of Yoga

Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram recently launched Yogasya Bhasha: The Language of Yoga Series (Four graded text books to learn Yoga through Samskritam) in the distinguished presence of Sri. N Gopalaswami (Former chief Election Commissioner) and Trustee of Samskrita Promotion Foundation, New Delhi.

The Research Department of KYM and Samskrita Promotion Foundation, New Delhi, joined hands in the year 2015 to create this series of self learning material on Yoga and Samskrita language with funds from ONGC-CSR.

The result of the work is in the form of unique learning material in four levels of graded text books to learn Yoga through Samskritam and vice versa. Beginning with the basics of Samskrita Grammar with the use of Yogasutra terms, various grammatical aspects of Samskrita are introduced in this book series and in the final volume, the entire Yogasutra-s are etymologically and grammatically analysed. These books are in a work book format and hence, are activity oriented. Online video lessons of these books have also been created to assist those who wish to study independently using these books.

India Foundation Roundtable

KYM hosted the first and initial roundtable on Yoga in association with the centre for Soft Powers (CSP), the fourth centre of India Foundation. This foundation will give importance to the study of ‘yoga as a soft power’, an area of increasing global significance. Yoga Experts representing leading institutes presented their views and action points. The Foundation will host conferences, seminars and other events highlighting India’s influence, and will collaborate with similar institutions around the world to enable knowledge sharing and promotion of India’s confluence of cultures.

Panchamahayajna – a healing chants retreat at Rishikesh

A beautiful concept in the Indian philosophical tradition is that of the Yajna – a sincere acknowledgement of all that we have received from the universe and in return, an equally sincere offering of gratitude to the world around us. The Panchmahayajna retreat organized by the KYM is an opportunity to experience this tradition. The chants that will be taught at this retreat include excerpts from Siksavalli, Sahavai Devanam and Chapter 3 of Bhagavad Gita, focusing on the five prescribed forms of Yajna. The programme commences on 13th of December and ends on 17th evening.

Indic Academy is sponsoring three deserving participants willing to attend this retreat. If you wish to avail yourself of Indic Academy’s sponsorship and participate in the retreat, please write an essay on the Panchamahayajna and mail it to us at The final day for submission of the essay is 31st October, 2018. (Read more)

Announcement: New Yoga Teacher Training Program batch to commence soon

We are happy to announce the commencement of the new Yoga Teacher Training Program in November. Application form and prospectus are available at KYM and details can be obtained by writing to

Upcoming events

Sivamantrah | A Chanting Integrated Dhyana Experience (Read More)
Adityopasana | Odes To The Sun (Read More)
Yogasutra Immersion | The Yoga Of Patanjali – An Exploration (Read More)
Meru Danda | Celebrating The Spine (Read More)
Yogasutra Immersion | The Yoga Of Patanjali – An Exploration (Read More)
Healing Chants Teacher Training Programme 2019-20 (Read More)
Heart Of Yoga (Read More)
Drdha Kaya | A Body With The Resilience Of Diamond (Read More)
Śarīra Saṁyama | Advanced Āsana Intensives (Read More)
Prāṇa Saṁyama | Insights Into The Practice Of Prāṇāyāma (Read More)