Kausthub Desikachar has created a false mythology around the padukas (sandals) of Krishnamacharya that manipulates yoga and Hinduism for his profit.
KHYF uses “foundation” in its name as if it is a non-profit, but it is actually a for-profit partnership controlled by Kausthub Desikachar.
Kausthub Desikachar uses the Dalai Lama’s image for his self-promotion, but goes against all his values.
Kausthub Desikachar labels himself an M.D. in his YouTube videos and KHYF’s trademark applications represents to provide medical services.
KHYF and SKY used the padukas of Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar’s name to project a clean image following Kausthub Desikachar’s reported sexual misconduct. Should the field support yoga teachers using their powerful family name to shield themselves from their abusive conduct?
Kausthub Desikachar attempts to defend his takeover of Viniyoga with evasions and falsehoods. We ask him to reply with facts.
The trademark does not appear to be registered in India where Kausthub Desikachar claims to lead the worldwide headquarters of Viniyoga®, nor in the USA.
Viniyoga was used by many senior teachers from the 1980s to represent individualized yoga instruction, at the suggestion of TKV Desikachar. Kausthub Desikachar has now copyrighted the name to own it, and is threatening legal action against all those who use it.
Kausthub Desikachar has a pattern of praising kapalikas who were known for their tantric sex practices, contrary to Krishnamacharya and Desikachar’s teaching. Kausthub is back to increasingly teaching on these topics just a few years after sexual abuse allegations against him.