Yogacharya B.K.S.Iyengar was a student of the renowned Yoga-master T. Krishnamarcharya.
14th December 1918 - 20th August 2014
Mr. Iyengar was born in 1918 into a large poor family in the village of Bellur in Karnataka state in India under very difficult circumstances. His mother gave birth to him during an influenza epidemic leaving him sickly and weak and his father died when he was only 9 years old. As a result he went to live with his brother in Bangalore. His childhood was further marked by a variety of serious illnesses including malaria, tuberculosis and typhoid together with malnutrition.
At the age of 14 Mr Iyengar was invited to Mysore to stay with his eldest sister by her husband, the scholar and yogi Sri T. Krishnamacharya. There started a long and difficult path of Yogic study, exploration and discovery. His health greatly improved and with great determination to practice he went on to become the foremost exponent of Yoga in the world. In over eight decades of intense and steadfast practice B.K.S Iyengar has evolved a wide range of methodologies and techniques. He has discovered numerous esoteric facets of this profound science. Using his own being as a laboratory he has created and propagated unique ways of practicing and imparting the science of Yoga. B.K.S. Iyengar's therapeutic work has earned him the reputation of being the foremost healer in the Yogic tradition. Furthermore, numerous Yoga props were and continue to be invented by Yogacharya Iyengar to enable people to safely and beneficially practice Yoga. Iyengar Yoga is accessible to all irrespective of their age, caste, gender, ethnic or cultural background.
In 1984 Mr Iyengar officially retired from teaching although he continued to take part in guiding medical classes and teach at special events as well as being fully active in promoting yoga worldwide and being involved in the institute and its charitable foundation until his passing in 2014.
BKS Iyengar has written some of the modern yoga classics : Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga sutras of Patanjali, The Tree of Yoga etc…
Iyengar Yoga is recognized as the most practiced form of Hatha Yoga in the world today.