The Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram was founded in 1976 in India, by T.K.V. Desikachar to promote and continue the work of Sri Krishnamacharya, his father and mentor.
Krishnamacharya was the teacher and inspiration to many of the well-known yoga teachers in India and the West, including Pattabhi Jois, Indra Devi and B.K.S. Iyengar. He arguably re-established this invaluable ancient philosophy and practice in India and abroad.
Krishnamacharya pioneered the idea that yoga is for all, irrespective of gender, caste, age or ability, as well as demonstrating the enormous therapeutic potential of yoga. This approach continues in the charitable outreach work now carried out by KYM. His son, TKV Desikachar, was instrumental in bringing these ideas to a wider audience and showed in his own life, with integrity and humility, how yoga can be a guide to bring peace and well-being to oneself and others.
Senior practitioners and trainers in the tradition in the UK have formed an autonomous organisation, The Society of Yoga Practitioners, to continue the work.