Yogacharya B.K.S.Iyengar (Guruji) is a living legend
who has taught yoga in a unique way to all his students. He finds the
meaning of the yoga sutras by his practical search and regular practice
of yoga. Thus, he has helped all to experience the wisdom of the yoga
sutras. His style of teaching yoga is called "Iyengar Yoga" and is now
being followed by certified teachers across the world.
Let us see some glimpses of his life:
Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (BKS) Iyengar was
born on December 14, 1918. His father Sri Krishnamachar was a school
At the age of 16, he was introduced to yoga by his Guru Sri T.
Krishnamacharya. At the age of 18, he was sent to Pune, Maharashtra by
his guru to teach and preach yoga as he knew some English. This
missed his opportunity to learn a lot about yoga directly from his guru.
Guruji is a sincere and committed practitioner. His own practice has helped
him to explore and achieve perfection in yoga asanas. This is reflected
in the depth of his teachings over these years.
B.K.S.Iyengar taught several eminent personalities
such as J. Krishnamurti (philosopher and teacher), Jayaprakash Narayan (freedom
fighter), Achyut Patwardhan (commandant of National Defence Academy) and
also many physicians and industrialists.
Guruji's practice and teachings were well appreciated by Dr. Rajendra
Prasad (First President of India), Dr. Mohammad Hatta (ex-Vice President
of Indonesia), Pope Paul VI and also by other eminent personalities from
On 26th January 1973, Guruji laid the foundation of
Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, named after
his wife Smt. Ramamani Iyengar. The institute was inaugurated on January
Guruji's teachings were first published in 1966 as
Light on Yoga . This book has been translated into 18 languages. Today,
he is the author of 14 books.
Guruji was the first person to teach large group of students. He lays
great emphasis on precision and alignment which is followed by his
students. He gets students achieve levels of practice which had seemed
to be beyond their abilities. He brings
about an automatic transformation in the mind and habits of people. He
is the only person to teach the highest aspects of yoga -
Atma Darshan -
In 1998, he taught 800 of his students for a week on the occasion of his
80th birthday at Pune. Again, in the year 2000, he conducted a special
course for senior "Iyengar Yoga" teachers from nearly 40 countries.
Even today, at the age of 87, he continues to
practise. While practising, he is an artist at work. He is always at
ease in any posture he performs. Precision and beauty mark the asana,
and the regular practice he advocates integrates the body, mind and
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