Danielle Tarantola, founder and director of Yoga Foundation and teaching since 1998, is certified by the Krishnamacharya Healing Yoga Foundation at Teacher, Teacher Trainer, and Yoga Therapist levels. She aligns with the powerful and practical teachings of Krishnamacharya as learned directly through TKV Desikachar and his primary students in Chennai, South India, over 13 trips to Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram. Continued and extensive teaching, practicing, and studying inspire her to ensure that yoga’s profound wisdom comes through clearly, simply, and with total relevancy for our modern times and conditions.
She continues to learn with her Vedic Chant mentor of 16 years, Radha Sundararajan.
OUR INSPIRATION and LINEAGE
Professor T Krishnamacharya’s teachings, full stop. Sri Krishnamacharya is indisputably and ubiquitously recognized as the most influential Master of the modern times. A pioneer, he revived and widely disseminated the ancient teachings of yoga to the modern world. He emphasized the concept of viniyoga, the clever application of the many tools and techniques of yoga to his students with the utmost respect for their level, needs and capabilities. His main students, including Indra Devi, Pattabhi Jois, BKS Iyengar and his son TKV Desikachar, have popularized yoga as we know it today.
TKV Desikachar, T Krishnamacharya’s son and foremost student who studied with him for the longest time, is the channel through which we have learned these teachings. His wisdom, humbleness, light-hearted integrity and dedication coupled with extreme acuity in observing students and applying the tools and practices of yoga are incomparable. As a former direct student of his son’s, I had the privilege of learning with him annually in South India from 2001-2012 as part of our in-depth immersion into the breadth and depth of Krishnamacharya’s teachings.