BKS Iyengar

BKS Iyengar was born on December 14th 1918. He popularized yoga in India and brought Yoga to the West, and created all Yoga props that we have today. In 2004 Time Magazine named him one of the “100 most influential people in the world”.


He was a victim of many illnesses including malaria, typhoid, and tuberculosis during his childhood. When he turned 16 his brother in law, Sri t. Krishnamacharya took him as a yoga student to improve his health. Two years later he started teaching.


He had very little direct teaching from his Guru, so had to learn much of yoga from what little was written at the time and from his own body. What he learned he integrated and later wrote down.


BKS Iyengar taught Yehudi Menuhin, a international violinist who brought him to the Western World where he met the Queen of Belgium and taught her Sirsasana- head stand- when she was 80 years old.


Iyengar first came to the US in 1956 and has come many times since. Since acquiring international acclaim he has written 14 books, opened an institute in Pune, India named after his late wife, where people from all over the world come to learn.  He also created a trust fund in Bellur where he built a hospital, temple, free school, a secondary school and a college.


Iyengar is a noun in the Oxford Dictionaries, “a type of Hatha yoga focusing on the correct alignment of the body, making use of straps, wooden blocks, and other objects as aids in achieving the correct postures”


On 14 Dec 2014 Google honored BKS Iyengar’s Birthday with a Google Doodle


BKS Iyengar Died 20 Aug 2014 in Pune, India.


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