Interview with K. Desikachar: "Therapeutic Yoga is a path of personal and spiritual development"

Dr. k. Desikachar, son and pupil of T. K. V. Desikachar, began studying yoga when he was nine years old. Today works as a yogaterapeuta to offer effective solutions for all types of mental, emotional and physical imbalances. The 21st and 22nd he gives seminars in Barcelona and Madrid. And from 9 to 11 September are invited by the school of therapeutic Yoga Pranamanas in Sebastian. For this reason you interview Dana Ginevro.

Kausthub Desikachar

A few weeks ago Professor of yoga and yogaterapeuta Dana Ginevro did an interview to Kausthub Desikachar for the school of Yoga therapy PranamanasYoga, which has been kind enough to share with the readers of YogaenRed.

K. Desikachar combines the teachings of Yoga, Ayurveda, the Vedas and the modern psychology with the goal of empowering its customers on their way of healing, making them discover their own potential. He has co-written several books, such as The Yoga of Yogi, a biography of his grandfather and great Yogi T. Krishnamacharya, and The heart of asana, a comprehensive manual on Yoga asanas classics.

Doctorate in Psychology by the University of Madras, Kausthub Desikachar is known for his deep knowledge of the tradition of yoga and its ability to explain these ancient teachings accessible and adaptable manner in our modern society. Da formations of Yogaterapia teachers of yoga in Brussels (the next promotion begins on August 2016). For more information about the training:

How would you define line his grandfather Krishnamacharya and his father T.K.V. Desikachar therapeutic Yoga?
In the tradition of classical teacher Sri T. Krishnamacharya, that today it is represented by the Foundation KHYF Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation (), therapeutic Yoga is a holistic process of empowerment in which the student develops his own practice custom, with the help of the yogaterapeuta, that not only treats the disease from a multidimensional approach, but it also is aimed at alleviating the suffering caused by this. Therapeutic Yoga works in a progressive way, non-invasive, and is fully compatible with other treatments.

Depending on the nature of the ailment, therapeutic Yoga can have a preventive, healing end or can help manage the symptoms of a chronic disease and facilitate the healing in the person at different levels (mental, emotional, physical, spiritual...). It focuses as a process evolving, slowly but very safe, and not as a quick fix. In short, we could say that eTherapeutic Yoga is a path of personal and spiritual development with the aim that the individual discover his own courage and strength.

What can be treated with therapeutic Yoga?
If properly applied, can be alleviated a wide range of ailments, from problems musculoskeletal, digestive disorders or neurological and emotional imbalances.

There is relationship a between emotions and the physical symptoms?
Yoga Therapy sees the individual holistically with its different dimensions that influence each other. It is common for an emotional problem to manifest itself through a physical symptom. Therapeutic Yoga takes into account all that. We know that what we do to physical level not only influences the body, but also has its impact at the emotional level and vice versa. A yogaterapeuta will formulate questions about your emotional state, your relationships with yourself and others, the daily stress to which you are subject and other circumstances that may have a great influence on the medical condition/disease you suffer.

Individualized therapeutic Yoga is a relatively new concept in Europe. And the India?
Traditionally in the India therapeutic Yoga is taught only in a particular context, from teacher to student, and always measure. However, also in our country with the influence of modern society, lYou yoga teachers are carried away by the fashion of proposing 'a recipe for all' even in the field of therapeutic Yoga. This approach is not only ineffective but may even be very dangerous not to note the differences, the needs and the unique limitations of each. Therapeutic Yoga should only be implemented on an individual basis according to the capabilities, needs and adapted to each individual.

According to your experience, what are the most important features that should develop a good yogaterapeuta?
First, you have to be an excellent observer in order to analyze and perceive not only the obvious symptoms but also the subtle at different levels. My mentor and father T. K. V. Desikachar said that with an appropriate remark you have made half of the work.

Second, the therapist must have a good dose of patience and the ability to support students during their healing process. The third critical ingredient is a good comprehensive training that includes not only the comprehensive theory but also sufficient practice for a good integration of all spacious yoga tools.

I am also of the opinion that the yogaterapeuta must have a spiritual guidance to be able to guide the student in the process of self-knowledge. I even think that it is the most important feature that should develop a yogaterapeuta.

What is a therapeutic Yoga session?
First we do a pre-consulta with the student to inform you in detail of the process of therapeutic Yoga, the attitude and the actions that are expected of it. In this session, we fill out the tab of the student with personal data, the General parameters of health, symptoms and the objectives.

We then performed a first session in which the student begins the path of therapeutic Yoga therapist-guided. We listen and observe carefully the student to understand their health status and their capabilities in detail, make you a series of questions, read pulse diagnosis and apply other methods of observation.

Towards the end of this session, which usually lasts between 30 and 90 minutes, we define the goal of the practice and the type of tools that are beneficial to the student. It may be that we develop and teach practice custom directly during the same session or that, depending on the case, we teach it is in the second session.

Practice is always created with a holistic and synergistic way and can be constituted of different tools of yoga. The student undertakes to practice the series regularly recommended by the yogaterapeuta.

It is important to carry out reviews regularly, usually every week or as the case may be every 2 to 4 weeks. Exceptionally with some students, it is necessary to define even up to two sessions per week. These sessions/reviews are important to observe the quality of the practice of the student, their health effects and, if necessary, go to refine it and gradually adding initially proposed exercise progressions.

This process, which we systematically documented from the beginning until the end, continues until be perceived a significant improvement of the ailment or until the moment in which the yogaterapeuta Intuit that therapy already can not contribute more to the student.

For a yogaterapeuta, is it important to have knowledge of Ayurveda to carry out readings postural and energy of a person? Do you often often recommend food and lifestyle changes based on the Ayurveda?
The medicine of Ayurveda and Yoga have views in common in terms of understanding of the functioning of the human body and health. For that reason the knowledge of Ayurveda are extremely useful for the yogaterapeuta value. Advise food changes and certain daily habits based on the Ayurvedic in the student Constitution can be of great help. In addition, Ayurveda gives us excellent tools of observation and analysis of the student's health. Those reasons included the traditional formation of therapeutic Yoga Ayurveda.

Is it often read the pulse of his students? Could you give us some examples in which it would be interesting to perform a reading of the pulse?
Practically in each therapeutic Yoga session. It helps me to fully understand the State of health of the student in more subtle levels. For example, the pulse reading is very useful to determine what disease is the more dominant in the case of students of several. Know prioritize what is crucial, since which not always can be treated all at the same time. It is also possible to define which side of the body is the most affected: the right or the left. These perceptions enormously help determine the most optimal solutions within the therapeutic Yoga.

After having analyzed the needs, capabilities and objectives of the student, what resources does the Yogaterapeuta to your student?
After analysing the needs and objectives of the student, a series of holistic with the different tools that offers yoga develops. This practice can include postures (āsana), exercises of breathing (pranayama), meditation (dhyāna), (āhāra niyama) food tips, tips from daily habits (vihāra niyama), singing (mantra), views or statements (bhāvanā), energy locks (mudrā) symbolic gestures (nyasa) and guided self / same one (svādhyāya) study.

A good yogaterapeuta knows how to weave these specific aspects to create a simple and effective practice. We do not always need to include all aspects but it is important that the therapist has a broad knowledge of them so that you can define the necessary and choose effectively.

With what regularity should practice the student to take effect?
Normally I recommend that students daily practice series we developed specially for it. Anyway, we can tailor the frequency of practice according to the nature of ailment, the ability of the student, their daily lives and the time available among other factors.

Do you have scripts default to a disease or medical condition or always creates a new sequence for each student? What it tends to be the duration?
There is no default for a disease or condition specific sequences. Standardize sequences is not only inconsistent with the principles of therapeutic Yoga, but it can be dangerous to the student. It is totally imperative that all yogaterapeutas have the knowledge and experience to create tailor-made solutions for each student.

The duration of a practice depends on the nature of the disease or medical condition, capabilities and the available time of the student: can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.

Do ingredients enable the healing process of therapeutic Yoga?
The most important ingredient of 'healing recipe' is undoubtedly a good relationship between the therapist and the student, a relationship that supports and gives strength to the student. If the therapist and student come to develop a relationship that generates confidence and security, discovered the path of healing, a deep healing covering the different layers of the human being.

Consultations: Dr. Kausthub Desikachar will give individual sessions of Yogaterapia on Friday, May 20 in Barcelona and in Madrid on Monday, May 23. To catch time contact Dana Ginevro (see details below).

Seminar 'The essence of the Yogaterapia'

The master Sri T. Krishnamacharya, one of the great contemporary Yogis, was who at the beginning of the 20th century returned to introduce yoga in a way completely adaptable and applicable to our modern society. While yoga offers a wide range of tools with great benefits of healing and personal transformation, it is only usually associated with the practice of physical postures. In this tradition are however offered many more tools, which are very important in the healing process.

This one day seminar is especially designed for yoga teachers who want to delve into the vision holistic and therapeutic yoga according to the classical tradition of T. Krishnamacharya & T. K. V. Desikachar. Participants will learn the essential principles of the Yogaterapia, a system of healing that has its point of departure from the mind, practicing Asana, Pranayama, Mantra, Mudra, Nyasa and meditation. The seminar includes presentations and open discussions, experiential practice.

-Barcelona: 21 may, from 9.00 to 16.00 h, at Espai de yoga, Yogaia. PG. Sant Joan121. Barcelona

-Madrid: 22 may, 9.00 am to 16.00 h, at space round. Round 50 Segovia Madrid

-San Sebastián: 9-11 September. In Pranamasyoga. San Sebastian

Price a one day seminar: €90

Contact: Dana Ginevro. T: + 34 677031637 /

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