Yoga 4 Healthful Living is inspired by and dedicated to the teachings of Krishnamacharya as taught to his son TKV Desikachar. Rooted in the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, the teachings have been passed down from teacher to student for generations. This lineage structure is a reflection of the heart of Yoga: relationship.
Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888-1989), was a well spring of yogic wisdom. More than any other ingle person, with his firm belief that anyone can do yoga, he revitalized yoga as a holistic healing system for the modern age. “Krishnamacharya’s mission was to bring the promise of Yoga, particularly the healing potential, to anyone who wished to receive it … It was to be available to any sincere individual of any age, caste, station in life, cultural background and religious belief or non-belief.”
Sri Krishnamacharya’s teaching remains one of the greatest influences shaping yoga as we know it, inspiring many of the popular methods of yoga taught today. Many yoga masters of great renown including BKS Iyangar, Pattabhi Jois, Indra Devi and his own son TKV Desikachar studied with this legendary yogi, scholar and healer. His longest standing student, his son Desikachar, continues to pass on the lineage of Sri Krishnamacharya’s teachings.
TKV Desikachar is one of the most respected Yoga healers and teachers of our time. He studied with his father, Sri T Krishnamacharya, for three decades. In 1976, he founded the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM), a non-profit healing center in Chennai, India, to honor his father and share his teachings. More recently, with his son Kausthub, he founded the Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation (KHYF) as the official umbrella organization representing the holistic yoga tradition of Yogacarya Sri T Krishnamacharya, and supporting all teachers, trainers and therapists in this lineage. Desikachar is the author of many books and publications, including Health, Healing and Beyond and The Heart of Yoga.
Fran Ubertini, CYT, ERYT 500, is director of Yoga for Well-Being® and a certified Krishnamacharya Healing Yoga Foundation teacher trainer. She also holds a diploma from the American Viniyoga Institute as a yoga therapist. Fran continues her studies with Sonia Nelson in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Fran dedicates her work to the teachings of Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar. As a yoga therapist, Fran applies yoga principles to help people with their physical, spiritual or emotional challenges. Working one on one, she develops practices based on the changing needs of the student. Fran has presented workshops at Kripalu and other yoga schools around the country. Fran firmly believes that everyone can do yoga.