Viniyoga was the name that TKV Desikachar and some early students decided on in the 1970s-1980s.
The most widely known core principle of viniyoga is adapting and applying teachings appropriately to each student.
“Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you yourself, but as it applies to the other.”
Viniyoga was used at Desikachar’s suggestion by his students from the 1980s to teach yoga adaptively to students:
“In the 1980s viniyoga was used in the name of several organizations related to TKV Desikachar and his teaching.
In 1983, a French-language magazine called Viniyoga was created.
In the mid 1980s, several groups were founded around the world, including Viniyoga America, Viniyoga Europe and Viniyoga Australia.
Viniyoga America was founded on August 15, 1986, at Colgate University in Hamilton NY by students of Mr. Desikachar…”
In the early 2000s, TKV Desikachar stated that he had changed his mind about using the brand of Viniyoga. It is suspected by some senior teachers that this statement was made by Desikachar under pressure from Kausthub so that he could create a different brand and promote himself.
Now, in 2018, Kausthub Desikachar, far from not using the term viniyoga, aims to take it over — KHYF has just copyrighted “Viniyoga” in 31 countries!
Through many years Viniyoga’s founding and development by countless dedicated teachers and students, Kausthub Desikachar was a young boy maturing into a young adult, who had barely started teaching yoga.
There are thousands of teachers who have taken this principle of adaptation that is Viniyoga to heart and developed upon the teachings they received, over decades.
Viniyoga is not a single way of teaching and never has been from its inception. Anyone who has attended classes from senior teachers of viniyoga knows that they don’t teach the same, and each person receives adapted teachings.
Does Kausthub Desikachar represent the legacy of Krishnamacharya and Viniyoga? Or is it thousands of teachers who have given decades to the teachings?
What has Kausthub Desikachar contributed to Viniyoga except being born into TKV Desikachar’s family?
What right does Kausthub Desikachar have to claim the work and teachings of thousands of other yoga teachers?
And… the only teacher who has severe allegations of unethical behavior and outright abuse leveled against him in the entire Viniyoga tradition is… Kausthub Desikachar, self-proclaimed “Lineage Holder of the Viniyoga® Tradition.”
Please don’t forget to add the ® from now onward. After all, Viniyoga® now belongs to KHYF and Kausthub Desikachar. He has copyrighted it and will hold the threat of lawsuits over yoga teachers — out of good intentions to “protect Viniyoga®,” of course.
Do you support this? Is this what you think the legacy of Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar and thousands of wonderful yoga teachers should end with? Please speak up.
READ MORE: I teach Viniyoga®. So, sue me.