Yoga is an ancient and self-empowering healing discipline from India that offers a broad range of tools for supporting health, healing and personal transformation.

While Yoga has gained global acceptance by helping people to meet the challenges of our modern daily life with greater equanimity, and improved health and well-being, Yoga is a truly holistic science designed to address the needs of the individual at every level — physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

Yoga offers a broad range of tools that can be tailored by a skilled teacher to suit the unique needs of each individual, including but not limited to:
  • physical postures
  • conscious breathing techniques
  • meditative practices
  • guided self-inquiry
  • visualization
  • use of vocal sounds/chanting
  • study of the philosophical texts
This holistic, all-encompassing approach to the human system is the source of yoga’s profound healing potential. It can be a particularly powerful support when adapted to the needs and capabilities of each individual.

HYF's comprehensive approach and personalized application of yoga tools can be especially supportive for those facing health challenges and seeking support and recovery from injury, illness and chronic conditions, from physical pain and discomfort to a range of emotional and mental stresses and concerns. Our goal is to help empower and support individuals through the following principles of practice:
  • Respect that every person is an individual with unique circumstances, needs, goals, and abilities and thus care for the whole person, according to these needs, goals, etc., rather than the condition (there are no prescriptions).
  • Recognize and respect that the human system is comprised of several overlapping, interrelated dimensions- physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual- and address the needs of the whole person at every level.
  • Honor the individual healing process and that every person’s experience of health, healing, and personal growth is unique. As such, our approach to each person is highly personalized.
  • Empower the individual to be an active participant in her/his own healing process and nurture his or her own well-being: healing comes from within the individual, rather than from an outside source.
No pre-requisites are required to begin practicing yoga. Yoga is for everyone, irrespective of age, gender, belief system, cultural background or ability.

Yoga works to help many find relief, support and inspiration for healing and personal growth and to help:
  • Reduce symptoms
  • Manage illness
  • Promote healing
  • Support lifestyle changes
  • Manage chronic disease
  • Improve overall health and well-being
  • Complement an existing state of health or wellness program
Some of the many documented benefits of yoga include:
  • improves current health and well-being
  • prevents illness and injury
  • increases flexibility and strength
  • reduces pain and discomfort related to a wide range of various chronic ailments or conditions
  • helps overcome physical or emotional trauma
  • assists in recovery from illness, injury, addiction and other health concerns
  • alleviates stress and stress-related problems
  • can stabilize mental and emotional challenges and help ease depression, anxiety, and psychological trauma
  • helps in managing and coping with life-threatening illness
  • can support women through many life changes, including PMS, pregnancy, and menopause
  • enhances quality of life and improvement of relationships
  • increases attention and focus
  • increases energy and vitality
  • improves personal and professional productivity
  • addresses the special needs of the differently-abled
  • guides in the process of self discovery and personal transformation
  • provides an avenue for spiritual growth
Healing Yoga Foundation is modeled after the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM), a successful Yoga Therapy Clinic, Yoga School, and Center for Yoga-related research and educational programs in Chennai, India.

TKV Desikachar founded the KYM as a public, charitable trust in 1976, in honor of his father and teacher, the renowned Yoga master, T Krishnamacharya. The KYM is dedicated to making the benefits of Krishnamacharya's Yoga methodology and teachings available to everyone, regardless of gender, race, religion, and nationality. Today, it is considered one of the most important centers for the study of Yoga in the world. For more information on the KYM, please visit www.kym.org.

Our Founding
HYF was founded in 2006 by Kate Holcombe along with the invaluable support of a handful of key colleagues, supporters, founding Board members, and friends. We could not have done it without each one of them.

Advisory Board Members
Jim Franklin
Gretchen Hillenbrand
Lindsay Hower
Lizzie Nichols
Kaitlin Quistgaard
Susan Snow

Honorary Board Members
TKV Desikachar
Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

Therapists and Teachers
Pam Breithaupt
Madge Gahagan
Kate Holcombe
Norma Hoshide
Patricia Kaminiski
Angela Madonia