Menaka Desikachar
World-renowned yoga educator Menaka Desikachar will conduct a seminar March 25-27 in Tucson. courtesy photo

The Yoga and Meditation for Health, Healing and Beyond Seminar featuring Menaka Desikachar, the internationally known yoga educator and therapist from India, will be conducted March 25-27 at the Marriott University Park. This is Desikachar’s only stop in North America.

Desikachar is the wife and long-time student of TKV Desikachar, son and student of the legendary T. Krishnamacharya. Desikachar and her family were featured in a 2007 issue of Vanity Fair magazine as one of the most influential yoga families in the world.

The non-profit yoga therapy clinic that TKV Desikachar founded in India has successfully worked with thousands of students over its 30-plus year history to treat physical and mental illnesses with an approach that complements traditional Western treatments. The couple has supported and are involved with the first United States yoga therapy clinic in San Francisco, which is modeled after the clinic in India.

Desikachar is a senior educator and therapy consultant, and is the founding director of Vedavani, the chanting department of the KYM where she serves as its technical director. She holds a degree in Botany, as well as a special diploma in yoga, which was presented to her by T. Krishnamacharya.

In spite of her fame and many achievements, Desikachar is a very humble woman. She has been actively involved in teaching yoga to special needs children, homeless children, women prisoners and the socially and economically challenged.

“Yoga and meditation for health and healing is a universal topic for a culture and age in which most of us are challenged with daily stressors that negatively impact our sense of well being and physical health. Menaka’s simple and elegant practices, incorporating movement coordinated with breath, breathing practices, gestures, visualizations and, in some cases, sound, have a potent and positive impact on our sense of well-being and physical health,” says Anita Claney, a local yoga therapist and student of Desikachar, is the workshop’s coordinator and owner of Healing Yoga Arizona in Tucson.

“It’s an honor to have someone of her renown visit and share her amazing techniques, insights and knowledge. This will be her only stop in North America. She is coming here directly from Europe and then heading to Japan and Australia. Participants are coming from all over the US to attend.”

Donna Goodhart, a local yoga educator, co-owner of Blue Lotus Good Heart Yoga Studio, and co-coordinator of the event agrees.

“We are delighted to be co-sponsoring Yoga and Meditation for Health, Healing and Beyond. As a longtime student of yoga, a physician who recommends yoga regularly to patients, and a teacher who discusses the physical, emotional, and mental benefits of yoga, it is a pleasure to help bring the world-renowned yoga educator and therapist Menaka Desikachar to Arizona,” says Victoria Maizes, MD, executive director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Also sponsoring the event is Tucson’s top-rated destination resort and spa, Miraval Arizona.

“Mindfulness is the core of the Miraval philosophy and in everything we do, we encourage others to live in the moment and be conscious of the unique intersection of mind, body and spirit. Yoga can be seen as mindfulness in motion and can help to support people through their healing process and personal transformations. We are honored to be part of Menaka Desikachar’s workshop as she brings her inspired teaching of yoga and meditation to Tucson” says Michael Tompkins, president and general manager of Miraval Arizona.

Other sponsors include the Green Living Arizona Magazine, Healing Yoga Foundation of San Francisco, India Society of Southern Arizona. and the Green Yoga Association.

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