Latha Nithyanandam


Formerly she was the research director at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, where she studied and worked for almost 20 years. Her PhD in Applied Psychology was on an evaluation of yoga as a therapeutic tool for certain ailments. Latha Nithyanandam PhD is currently the General Manager of Kathleen York House, which supports women to overcome substance dependence.

Latha trained with Menaka and TKV Desikachar and in 1984 started teaching yoga at the KYM. After completing her PhD she became the Research Director and Senior Consultant at the KYM, which involved research and teacher training both at the KYM and throughout India. In 1983 Latha began teaching children with Intellectual Disability at the Vijay Human Services. During this time Krishnamacharya himself had been collaborating and teaching children at this centre. Latha continued to teach children with Intellectual Disability here and at the KYM under the guidance of Menaka and other KYM senior staff. Subsequently, she trained special needs educators to teach Yoga to children with Intellectual Disability.

Latha currently runs a number of Yoga sessions for staff and clients at Kathleen York House, where she is General Manager, a community-based service governed by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation of NSW. Prior to this she worked as a specialist psychologist in ageing, disability and home care in Sydney, which included workshops on building stress resilience of clients with intellectual disability and other workshops for their carers. She has also taught individualised Yoga for clients with Intellectual Disability.

Latha has presented at many international conferences in Australia and India on Intellectual Disability and special education .Latha has published a number of articles, including teaching Yoga to the mentally retarded and managing lower back pain with Yoga.

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