The Breathing Space


What we offer is based on the profound teachings of Professor T. Krishnamacharya, one of the most influential yogis of the past century. During the one hundred years of his life, he inspired thousands of practitioners worldwide. Prominent teachers such as B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, Indra Devi, and A.G. Mohan were all taught by this great master, and the lineage of his teachings continues to be passed on through one of his closest students for many years, his own son, T.K.V. Desikachar, and now his grandson, our own teacher, Kausthub Desikachar. Our goal is to create a community of like-minded individuals whose interest in Yoga extends beyond improving the physical body. Our desire is to attract those eager to discover Yoga’s secrets relating to the breath, the mind, the emotions, and beyond. We wish to help people overcome their obstacles, clarify their values and move with comfort and joy toward the lives they were born to live. This is why we are here.

Theraputic Focus

Yoga Therapy for Fibromyalgia, Yoga for Weight Loss, Yoga for PTSD, Yoga for Mental Health, Yoga for Lower Back Pain, Yoga for High Blood Pressure, Yoga for Arthritis


ROBERT J. BIRNBERG Yoga has been an important part of Robert's life for over twenty-five years. After practicing Yoga to heal a severe back injury in 1979, Robert began studying with the best teachers in America. Ten years later, he founded Community Yoga and Wellness Center in Los Angeles, California. In 1990 he was exposed to the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya, the great South Indian Yogi, and his son and student, T.K.V. Desikachar. Over the next several years, Robert studied at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, (KYM) an institution in South India regarded internationally for Yoga Education and Therapy. There Robert met Kausthub Desikachar, T.K.V.'s son, who became Robert’s teacher. Robert has lectured at Harvard Medical school and is currently on the faculty of the Teacher Training Program at Providence Institute in Tucson Arizona, and the Yoga Therapist Program at Loyola Marymount University.

ELENI TSIKRIKAS Eleni discovered YOGA as a means for reducing stress in 1995 while practicing law in Sydney, Australia. Smitten, Eleni completed the Sydney Yoga Center's teacher training course. In 2000, she became disillusioned with the law and quit the legal profession to teach Yoga full time. Over the years, Eleni has seen Yoga evolve from a part time practice to a full time career and lifelong passion.

Los Angeles
Contact Person (if Yoga Studio):

Robert J. Birnberg & Eleni T. Sikikas