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September 2, 2011

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BKS Iyengar

ellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja generally known as Yogacharya B. K. S. Iyengar Born December 14, 1918, in Bellur, Kolar District, Karnataka, India. He is the founder of Iyengar Yoga, although he himself would not call it Iyengar Yoga. He is considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world and has been practising and teaching yoga for more than 75 years. He has written many books on yoga practice and philosophy, and is best known for his books Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, and Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. He has also written several definitive yoga texts. Iyengar yoga classes are offered throughout the world, and it is believed that millions of students practice Iyengar Yoga.
He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991, and the Padma Bhushan in 2002. In 2004, Iyengar was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine.


Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self-realization. Yoga means union — the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.


People of any age can practice “Iyengar Yoga”. An “Iyengar Yoga” teacher will always ensure that the students are totally involved (physically, mentally and emotionally) in their practice. Introducing yoga to children develops in them the attributes of courage, concentration and determination. Children can be playfully introduced to yoga but they should never be forced as this can damage their spine. They should be taught the yamas and niyamas with the help of stories and anecdotes.


He had a difficult childhood. Iyengar’s home village of Bellur, in Karnataka, was in the grips of the influenza pandemic at the time of his birth, leaving him sickly and weak. He continued to suffer from a variety of maladies in childhood, including malaria, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, and general malnutrition.At the age of 15 Iyengar went to live with his brother-in-law, the well-known yogi, Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya in Mysore. There, Iyengar began to learn asana practice, which steadily improved his health. Soon he overcame his childhood weaknesses.With the encouragement of Krishnamacharya, Iyengar moved to Pune to teach yoga in 1937. There his practice developed as he spent many hours each day learning and experimenting in various techniques. As his methods improved, the number of students at his classes increased and his fame spread.


Indian very sickly as youth but became influential exponent of hatha yoga, author, brother-in-law of T. Krishnamcharya, harsh and exacting but considered the Big Kahuna of today’s yoga scene, still energetic in old age, tours. Teachings said to consist mainly of “bend and stretch” asanas, little overt “spiritual” component but ya never know.


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