The subtle Anatomy of yoga, by K. Desikachar

Kausthub Desikachar, son and pupil of T. K. V. Desikachar and grandson of Krishnamacharya, gives a seminar on the subtle Anatomy of Yoga the 5, 6 and 7 may 2017 in Barcelona. On Thursday, may 4 will be made private consultations of Yogaterapia open both to practitioners as a non-practising yoga.

Photo credits by Kausthub Desikachar

Understanding of ancient Eastern philosophies about the body differs significantly from how it sees and perceives the modern medical science the human system. These unique insights form the basis of the philosophical foundations that originate in these ancient cultures.

The philosophy of Yoga addresses the human entity as an interdependent layer of five dimensions, each with one great influence on the others. In this way, the human body as a complex entity holistic is not only perceived, but also focuses from a point of view multifaceted linking manifested layers of nature with the non-manifested source of life. What makes this process into something even more impressive are the subtle concepts that represent the subtle Anatomy of the human body, in a way that is metaphorically intriguing and at a convenient time.

With the intention to practice Yoga effectively, help understand this subtle presentation of the body that is in NADIS (subtle channels), chakras (symbolic energy centers) and other wonderful concepts. Deeply understand this paradigm is very useful for each practitioner, teacher and therapist of Yoga in dealing with issues of health, healing and your own personal transformation or that of their students. For this reason, Yoga practices are more powerful than it looks at first sight and give results in multiple levels, especially if applied with the intention of creating health and healing.

The three-day seminar of Kausthub Desikachar about Subtle Yoga Anatomy It is open to all and is particularly recommended to teachers of Yoga, Yogaterapeutas and other health professionals. This seminar explores not only the theoretical side of the five layers but that it will also ask through discussion and practical, on how the tools of yoga can influence the five dimensions. In this workshop:
• We will explore the basics of understanding the human subtle structure yogic.
• We will study the NADIS, the chakrasthe Agni and the jalam, important concepts to understand the subtle Anatomy and the workings of the human body.
• We will study how the tools of Yoga are placed in health and disease.
• Discover how the Asanas and Pranayama are based on this model and how to apply them
• We experienced some subtle but powerful meditation practices that were designed based on this model

To book your place, please write to

Kausthub Desikachar He began to study 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. It 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 is known for his deep knowledge of the tradition of Yoga and its pedagogical capacity to explain these ancient teachings accessible and adaptable manner in our modern society.

Interview of Consciousness without borders

Then share an interview with Kausthub by consciousness without borders, made by Aranzazu Corrales and Julian Peragón:

Question: We often see that yoga that has been developed in the West has a large physical component. Western yoga is almost synonymous with asana and a perfect realization of the position. How should we understand asana to maintain the essence of yoga?
Kausthub Desikachar: It is true in the majority of yoga that is practiced today is done from that physical component which is known as asana. However, when we understand the fundamental philosophy of yoga, it is quite clear that the yoga arises mainly as a discipline of the mind. Patanjali understands that body, breathing, emotions and senses have an impact in mind. Why are different tools that directly or indirectly influence the mind in a positive way. If the practices of asanas are made with that attitude, then we can say that he remains the essence of yoga.

We also have proposals of yoga where "everything", style new age, as a synthesis of different techniques. On the other hand, sometimes see other yoga proposals very framed Hindu-shaped fruit of the past. The question that arises is: how to adapt yoga to new realities without betraying the essence that speaks of the tradition?
One of the most significant aspects of yoga is its ability to adapt, I think that he has helped him overcome the test of time and therefore can be one of the most significant areas of reflection for our application of yoga.

While the fundamental principles of yoga are eternal, some practices must evolve taking into account the time and changing circumstances. If practitioners of yoga we adapt techniques to keep the principles, then we maintain the essence of yoga. However, if we do not adapt the techniques or develop new only because it is more profitable, then we lose the essence of yoga.

A "prêt à porter", a yoga yoga for all, leads to a dead end because does not promote listening and adaptation and usually create injury. To develop an applied needs individual yoga, which elements should the yoga teacher to have in mind?
In order to develop individual practice some keys must be taken into account. These have been very clearly listed by the Yoga Rahasya of Nathamuni. These are Kala, the time domain. This includes the time of year, time of day, professional practice and the duration of the practice.

The following parameter is called DESA, the domain of the place. This includes the environment in which professional resides at the micro level, both on the macro level.

The third parameter is Vayah, the domain of age; our bodies change as we grow, along with the mental and emotional dimensions. Therefore, these changes must be respected when considering an individual practice.

Vrtti, defined as activities or occupation, it is the next key that must be respected in the design of personal practices. This is because our habits at work to let in us patterns that impact our lives. In modern terminology, these occupations are often called risk professions.

The last parameter is defined as Sakti or the ability of each of us to different skills, either at the level of psychological or cognitive, emotional dimension. Therefore, not all the practices may be appropriate for us.

These are the different parameters that should be considered during personal yoga practice.

In the scheme of Patanjali, the first members are yama and niyama, even before asana. In your opinion, does it mean that it should give priority to ethics on the technique of yoga?
Yoga is a philosophy of life for life. The techniques of yoga will not have no sense if it does not affect our lives in a positive way. This was the main reason why were prescribed practices moral and ethical in the form of yama and niyama. While asana and pranayama can end when we leave the yoga mat, yama and niyama practices continuously improve the quality of life. This is one of the main reasons why have been filed in the first place.

Regarding meditation, it is possible that there is confusion about how to deal with it in our practice. Which elements should be considered for an introduction to the meditative state?
Meditation is an important part of yoga especially in the process of understanding, discipline and the realization of the potential of the mind. Therefore, it is an important practice that requires a lot of preparation for the prerequisites. A reasonably stable body, good control of the senses and a stable mind, are essential requirements for the serious meditation.

It is not the same approach to yoga to heal that to contact the deep one. It is necessary to go through the therapeutic before the opening to the mystical or they are two independent routes?
Different people are approaching yoga with different purposes, while some are approaching yoga for health and healing, others pursue a deep spiritual purpose. The teachers of yoga in the tradition made it clear that if the concern is not for health and healing, spiritual practices of yoga are difficult to deal with.

It seems that we are in an unprecedented ecological, economic, political and social crisis. Message of yoga can help to overcome this crisis?
One of the main messages of the yoga is that everything is going to change. It is the same with respect to the crisis we face today, whether ecological, economic, political and social, that will change. We need to be agents of this change and help facilitate it in a positive way.

For more information consult the website or write to Kausthub is annually invited by the PranamanasYoga school to teach seminars specific to yogaterapeutas. Can find all seminars and formations taught internationally at the following links: or

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