Practice of the Month


Yoga Vidya Niketan conducts 51st summer course 

Yoga Vidya Niketan (YVN), Member Institute of Indian Yoga Association successfully conducted its annual one-month Yoga Summer Course from May 1 to May 31, 2024. The course ran for one and a half hours daily across 41 physical centers around Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, extending…

NIRAMAYA launches Yoga Chetana Abhijan 

NIRAMAYA, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association continues to promote yoga education and the IYA’S motto in South Assam. In celebration of the 10th International Yoga Day, Niramaya launched the “Yoga Chetana Abhijan” to connect the community through various yoga activities. Under this initiative, NIRAMAYA…

Vyaniti Yoga celebrates IDY in Oman 

Vyaniti Yoga, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association celebrated International Yoga Day 2024 at the Indian Embassy in Oman. The event saw participation from over 100 individuals of all age groups. The program was honored by Indian Embassy First Secretary of Culture Ms Reena Jain…

Jharkhand SCC celebrates Yoga Utsav in Jamshedpur with Ministry of AYUSH 

The Union Ministry of AYUSH, through Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, organized Yoga Utsav in Jamshedpur as part of the Hundred Days Countdown Program for International Yoga Day. Celebrated by World Vision Foundation, an associate of the Indian Yoga Association, the event saw over…

Shree Kala Yoga organizes free mega yoga camp 

Yogi Narendrakumar Chowdhary, President of Shree Kala Yoga, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association organized a 42-day free mega yoga camp leading up to International Yoga Day 2024 from May 11 to June 21, 2024, from 6 to 7:30 AM at Sector-5, open garden plot…

Yoga Peace Sansthan organises Laughter Festival 

The YogaPeace Sansthan, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association hosted a Laughter Festival in Jaipur’s Central Park to celebrate International Laughter Day on May 5, 2024. Hundreds of laughter enthusiasts and 16 laughter clubs gathered for a morning of laughter, spreading smiles and joy. Yogacharya…

Mokshayatan Yog Sansthan celebrates 51st Foundation Day with series of remarkable events 

Mokshayatan Yog Sansthan, Member Institute of Indian Yoga Association marked its 51st Foundation Day with grand celebrations and a series of significant events aimed at promoting yoga and wellness. The celebrations were characterized by mass participation and a wide range of activities. 51st Foundation Day…

Multi-Lentil Dosa 

by The Yoga Institute Multi-Lentil Dosa Mungdal and Urad dal is a plant-based source of protein. They are good source of zinc, potassiuman vitamin B1. White rice is also a good source of mangnesium, phosphorus, manganese, selenium, iron, folic acid, thiamine and niacin. All these…

YVN Golden Jubilee Function comes to a Close 

Yoga Vidya Niketan completed 51 years of the Institute on Gudi Padwa i.e. April 9, 2024 and the entire year of the celebration also came towards an end. The function began at 3:30pm at Yoga Bhavan, Vashi, Navi Mumbai. The guests of honour for the…

RVIM commemorates International Women’s Day 

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, the Mahila Vibhag – Women’s Cell of Kriya and Adhyatma Yoga Academy, in partnership with RV Institute of Management, Associate Center of Indian Yoga Association organised Mahila Yoga Mela. This international conference was scheduled on March 17, 2024 at…

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Heart-to-Heart with the Guru
Heart-to-Heart with the Guru

Heart-to-Heart with the Guru 

Founding Organisation / Part of Organisation: Former Technical Adviser and Former Managing Trustee, Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram

Designation: Yoga Therapist Consultant


Country & State: India / Chennai, Mandaveli

About Sri Sridharan S

S. Sridharan, 72 years old, is the senior most teacher of the Krishnamacharya Yoga
Mandiram (KYM). He is presently the Senior Yoga Therapist, Consultant and Mentor at KYM.
He had a successful career as a Merchant Banker in a Public-Sector Bank for 28 years. He became a student of T.K.V. Desikachar in 1980s and learnt the nuances of Yoga in the ‘Gurukula’ style directly for over 3 decades during which time, he was exposed to all the important texts in Yoga and application of Yoga for illnesses and spirituality. He also learnt Vedic Chanting in the traditional style under his teacher. During this period, he had to divide his time between a banking career and learning and teaching Yoga under the tutelage of Desikachar.

Who is a Guru?

The one who has been responsible for bringing in mental clarity and showing a direction. In Sanskrit there are two words which are often used synonymously. They are Guru and Ācārya which is used to denote ‘teacher’. In the context of Yoga, Ācārya, by definition, can be considered to be more relevant as Yoga is a ‘Anuśāsana Śāstra’, i.e., the branch of knowledge with emphasis on practice.  Ācārya is “one who after studying and practising undertakes teaching and spreading the knowledge.”

Whom do you consider your Guru?

My Yogācārya is Shri T K V Desikachar, son and disciple of Shri T Krishnamacharya. 

A healthy mind in a healthy body can do wonders. How can yoga help in achieving this goal?

Yoga looks at the human system wholistically. The body mind link is brought out by the concept that both the body and the mind are made up of the same ‘three Guṇa-s’. Mind is the subtlest part and the cause, while Body is the grossest part and effect.  Thus, any change in anyone of these two will have immediate and simultaneous consequence.  The Aṣṭāñga-Yoga model addresses the mind body complex by proposing solutions for the body, breath and mind with an interlink, as Āsana (body) leads to Prāṇāyāma (breath) which in turn leads to Dhyānam (mind). 

How important is Guru-shishya Parampara for sustaining the social structure of our society at large?

Any branch of knowledge which traces its origin to Vedas are passed on through the Parampara way for preservation of exclusive features.  The teachings are based on the experience-based knowledge and not simply what was learnt and memorised. They include the way of life and value system.  The Guru/Ācārya is a role model and a living guide to the student. 
A potential student is developed and moulded to be a teacher and certified by the Guru to teach, initially under his/her guidance and later independently.

IDY has brought Yoga closer to people like never before. Your comments.

Yes. The percentage of population who are taking to Yoga as a practice is increasing multifold. The flip side is the threat to quality.  The demand for yoga teachers has increased.  A sense of urgency has developed to get to teaching fast. There is a need to deal with this trend.

Is Yoga applicable to the society at large also? How is yoga relevant for groups of individuals? Does yoga influence the society through individuals practice?

Human beings continue to live as a community and the changes at the individual level affect the community as well.  Even during the recent pandemic impact of Covid, the talk is on “Herd Immunity” which means the Immunity level of the community as a whole.  This is made up of the improvement of the immunity of every individual.  Yoga makes individuals healthy and the summation of this is reflected as the level of the society.  This is just not physical but extend to psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects as well.

What do you think is the most significant aspect of Yoga in the national context? In the Global context?

The wholistic approach.  Yoga practice can lead to reduce tensions within the nations and at the global level.  Yoga is the only solution to make the planet a place of peaceful living. 

How important is the scientific validation of yoga techniques and why?

The efficacy of Yoga as therapy tool is important aspect of the scientific validation.  This makes the doctors to recommend Yoga as an integral part of the therapeutic process.

With commercialization of Yoga, fear of adulteration has also come along. Your comments.

This is true.  Commercialisation cannot be avoided but adulteration can be avoided.  Strict quality control is the key.

Please elaborate on the difference between Yoga and Yoga Therapy.

Yoga Therapy involves use of yoga tools, such as Āsana, Prāṇāyāma and Dhyānam to alleviate illnesses. There are references in Yoga Sūtra, Haṭhayogapradīpikā, Yoga Yājñavalkya Samhita, etc on this aspect of Yoga.  Illness is considered as an impediment in the path of Yoga for higher purposes. Yoga, in general, is meant to remove suffering fully and finally.

Would you like to give a message our Yogavāṇi readers?

Yoga is the only succour to lead a healthy and happy life in the midst of all challenges Yoga means ‘union’.  Let the whole world be united peacefully through Yoga and make the Planet liveable healthily. Yogavāṇi is doing an excellent service by spreading the message of yoga and bringing all interested together.

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