Modern Yoga's inception and expansion has been contributed to the influential yoga master, Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. With the teachings of classical yoga and the presence of the strong gurukula (teacher to student) relationship, being within this lineage means that these teachings and principles have been taught and handed down from teacher to student for many generations.
Who was Krishnamacharya?
T Krishnamacharya is well known in the world over as the yoga guru of legendary masters such as Indra Devi, BKS Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois and TKV Desikachar, his son. T Krishnamacharya is among the few legendary yoga gurus who managed to give every seeker of yoga and yoga therapy exactly what they sought.
The Krishnamacharya-Desikachar Lineage
After leaving his career as an engineer, TKV Desikachar became a devoted student of his father. Studying closely under his father until Krishnamacharya's passing at age 101 years, Desikachar was able to preserve his father's teachings and traditions. The Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram was established in 1976 by TKV Desikachar to carry forth the invaluable teachings of T Krishnamacharya.
Yoga Rakshanam consists of three renowned yoga masters and therapists, DV Sridhar, Radha Sridhar, and Viji Vasu, from the classical lineage of Shri. T Krishnamacharya who trained at the (KYM) Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India.
In Chennai, India, Kelsey and Prerna were trained in Classical Yoga Asana, Yogic Philosophy of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, and the Bhagavad Gita, as well as lessons including pranayama and chanting. Yoga Rakshanam is a humble space where the teachers conduct their teacher training and regular classes. We also spent many hours observing the teachers during their private and group sessions, learning the nuances of the therapeutic approach to yoga.
Through our training with the teachers of Yoga Rakshanam, we have acquired an in-depth understanding of the Yoga Sutra-s and the Bhagavad Gita, as well as a better understanding of yoga asana-s, pranayama, and chanting. We feel confident to integrate these rich sources of spiritual knowledge into our practices and teachings.
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We began our Yoga Therapy journey with Yoga Therapy International (YTI) which is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance and with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. The yoga therapy training is a two year diploma programme in Yoga Therapy and Yoga for Wellness.
Maggie Reagh, the Founding Director, has been practicing Yoga Therapy for 12 years and teaching Therapeutic Yoga for 15 years. The vision of the school is to provide high-quality, individualized, Yoga Therapist training, steeped in tradition yet grounded in current practices, fostering deep, lasting relationships in our global community of practitioners. There are students from around the world supported by the international community of faculty, mentors, and graduates.
Beyond our teachers at Yoga Rakshanam,
the core faculty of the program includes:
Neil Pearson (Chronic Pain Care, Pain Management, Anatomy and Physiology)
Danielle Schroeder (Counseling Skills, Mental Health and Illness)
Jane Courtney (Anatomy and Physiology, Systemic Conditions)
Jaisri Lambert (Ayurveda and Ayurvedic Consultations)
Tianne Allen (Restorative and Trauma Sensitive Yoga)
Bernie Clark (History and Philosophy of Yoga)
The school has taught us the major approaches from the Krishnamacharya lineage of Yoga Therapy – Breath, Meditation, Chanting and Restorative, Alignment-Centred asana. YTI has given us a broad understanding of the major trends in current Yoga Therapy practice, including Chair Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Yoga for Systemic Conditions including Spinal Conditions, Chronic Pain, Cancer, Movement Disorders, Mental Illness, Digestion, and Diabetes.