14 December 1918 – 20 August 2014
More than any other practitioner, B.K.S. Iyengar was responsible for the spread of yoga in the west over the last half-century. He was considered one of the world’s foremost yoga teachers, practising and teaching yoga for more than 75 years.
Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar (B.K.S. Iyengar) was born into a family of 13 children on December 14, 1918, in Bellur, Karnataka, India. In his childhood he was a victim of malaria, typhoid and tuberculosis. At the age of 16, he was introduced to yoga by his Guru Sri T. Krishnamacharya and at the age of 18, he was sent to Pune, Maharashtra by his guru to teach and preach yoga.
Affectionately called “Guruji” by his followers, he has always been a sincere and committed practitioner. His own practice helped him to explore and achieve perfection in the yoga asanas and find the meaning of the yoga sutras. He wrote many books on yoga practice and philosophy; his best-known book, Light on Yoga, sold over a million copies since publication in 1966, and has been translated into many languages.
BKS Iyengar’s family and close followers continue to teach and study at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune, India, where Iyengar lived and taught until 2014. Iyengar yoga is taught throughout the world by teachers qualified in the Iyengar method and it is believed that millions of students practice Iyengar Yoga.