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" While the teacher is giving, they are also receiving ... and when the teacher is receiving, they are also giving. So I am really not here to teach you or to offer you what I know ... I am here to share my experience with yoga. It is not what I know, but what I have experienced."
Saraswathi Vasudevan
The Source Of Our Teaching
Yogacarya Sri T KrishnamacharyaYogacarya Sri T Krishnamacharya was regarded as the grandfather of modern yoga. In addition to being a yogi, he was also a well known healer, linguist, musician, researcher, author and expert scholar in the six Indian Schools of Vedic Philosophy. He was a true pioneer in his ability to translate ancient teachings and make them relevant in a modern context.
As a teacher his principle was "Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other." He taught that yoga should always be adapted to the unique needs, circumstances and goals of each individual. In refusing to standardize the practice and teaching methodology, he demonstrated a deep understanding of yoga relevant for all students.
During the one hundred years of his life (1888-1989), he inspired thousands of practitioners worldwide and today his teachings have become very popular through his many students - notably his son TKV Desikachar, Indra Devi, BKS Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois.

KYM
The Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) is a non-profit yoga and healing centre in Chennai (Madras), India. Founded by TKV Desikachar in 1976, the central work of the KYM is to bring health and wellbeing to others through the healing practice of Yoga Therapy based on the teachings of Yogacarya Sri T.Krishnamacharya.
From a single-room facility it has grown to a multi-department institute, including: Yoga Thearapy (Cikitsa), Yoga Studies, Research, Publications, Vedic Chanting (Vedavani) and KYM-Mitra, a philanthropic organization that brings the healing benefits of Yoga to the economically and socially underprivileged and the differently-abled.
The KYM's newest department is Research, where teachers are using scientifically approved protocols to study the effects of appropriate Yoga on health and wellbeing.
Ante Pavlovic
Ante PavlovicI was first introduced to Yoga while working with special needs adults. This path has led me to the practice and teaching of Yoga, both as a philosophy and as therapy. After completing multiple yoga trainings in Toronto, I had the wonderful experience of living in Chennai, India for nearly two years (2003-2004) while training in the direct lineage of yoga master Sri T. Krishnamacharya and studying on a daily basis with the son (Sir TKV Desikachar) and grandson of Krishnamacharya.

While in India, I completed a one year Yoga Therapy internship as part of the teaching faculty at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM), a centre renowned worldwide for healing and education. Also, I was part of the first batch of international students to be officially certified as a Yoga Teacher, as well as Yoga Teacher Trainer in the lineage of Krishnamacharya.

Ongoing learning includes extensive studies in Ayurveda, both in Toronto and India.
In addition, all throughout my life I have been immersed in numerous sports, martial arts, personal fitness training, various forms of bodywork, thai yoga massage, which have all helped deepen and inform my work.
Felicia Pavlovic
Felicia Pavlovic

Felicia Pavlovic holds an Hon.BA (UofT), OPC Diploma in Psychology, is a Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO) and Yoga Therapist.

Felicia has received her Yoga Therapy education over many years and thousands of hours of direct annual studies (in the lineage of T.Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar) in Chennai, India since 2004.

Also, she has completed extensive studies in Ayurveda, both in Toronto and India.

She co-owns and co-directs Yoga Therapy Toronto since 2005. Also, she is part of the faculty at a psychotherapy school in Toronto. 

Her life's work is to share the tools she has learned in Yoga and Psychology. As both a psychotherapist in private practice and a yoga therapist, she adapts the tools of both modalities to serve the needs of the individual.

 

Ante & Felicia with TKV Desikachar
at his home in Chennai, India

The Foundation

TKV Desikachar








Sir TKV Desikachar (1938 - 2016), as the son and student of Sri T Krishnamacharya, spent nearly thirty years of his adult life studying (and living) with his father. This long, live-in internship, combined with 45 years of teaching experience, made Sir Desikachar one of the most respected Yoga teachers of modern times.

Author of numerous books, including The Heart of Yoga, and Health, Healing and Beyond, Sir Desikachar worked tirelessly to promote the healing power of yoga and was a recognized expert in the therapeutic application of yoga.

In 1976, to honor his teacher and father, Sir TKV Desikachar established the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandriam (KYM) and under his guidance it developed into an important teaching and therapy center that taught students and patients from all over the world and India.

Dr. N. Chandrasekaran

Dr. NC is an active practitioner of allopathic medicine for over 25 years. His deep inquest into Vedanta brought him to the study of yoga. He did his diploma in Yoga at the KYM (1990– 1992), where he was introduced to the therapeutic potentials of yoga. He has been a yoga teacher and therapist for over eighteen years, including being the Director of Yoga Therapy at the KYM for almost a decade.

With his deep knowledge of western allopathic medicine combined with his vast experience as a Yoga Therapist, he has done private consultation and designed individual therapy courses for more than ten thousand people suffering from a whole range of health issues.
Dr. NC is the founder of Yoga Vaidya Sala and is currently publishing a series of volumes on Yoga Therapy, as well as leading Yoga Therapist trainings around the world.

Saraswathi Vasudevan








After completing two post-graduate degrees (in Psychology and Nutrition) from the University of Madras, Saraswathi was one of the very first to receive a Diploma in Yoga from the highly regarded KYM Institute of Yoga Studies in Chennai, India.
For over 16 years she served as a yoga teacher, therapist, consultant and teacher trainer at KYM. In addition, as the former head of the Research Department at KYM, she has also spearheaded a government sponsored research study on Yoga & Epilepsy.

More recently, Saraswathi founded Yoga Vahini in Chennai, India and has been teaching and training yoga teachers, teacher trainers and trainee therapists both within India and abroad. She is also trained in the art of facilitation and has been working with expert facilitators all across India.