Question to TKV Desikachar:
Sir, could you please tell us what is meant by health? How do you understand a healthy person?
TKV Desikachar Response:
The best word that comes to my mind for health is the Saṃskṛta word Svastha. Sva plus Stha is Svastha. Sva indicates myself and Stha means to remain.
For me health is that state of being where I can manage myself. This is indicated by the word Svastha. A-svastha is that state where I am not able to manage by myself.
– TKV Desikachar from an interview in the Journal Viniyoga Italia on Yoga and Well Being.