Internationally acknowledged as the modern master of yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar (1918-2014) is universally honored for the depth of his understanding and teaching of the art, science and philosophy of yoga. He is the author of Light on Yoga, the most authoritative modern yoga text, Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras, Tree of Yoga, Light on Life and other exceptional reference works.
B.K.S. Iyengar is acknowledged as yoga’s most proficient and knowledgeable practitioner—an inspiration to countless students and yoga practitioners around the globe.
During more than seventy years of teaching, he developed the innovative and inspired method of yoga, which is taught under his name. Iyengar Yoga is not only one of the world’s most widely practiced methods of yoga; its principles are now incorporated into the teaching of yoga under many names as well as into many other forms of exercise, therapy and movement.
Mr. Iyengar is also a pioneer in the therapeutic applications of yoga to the treatment of many medical conditions and physical problems.
Medical professionals and research in many disciplines and countries have recognized the efficacy of his method. His revolutionary use of yoga props allows students of all ages and abilities to work to their fullest potential while overcoming limitations. It is perhaps his greatest achievement that B.K.S. Iyengar has made yoga accessible to and relevant for everyone.
Life Sketch of Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar
by Richard Jonas
The life and work of Yogacharya B. K.S. Iyengar are of epic proportions.
Sri Iyengar is credited with bringing the ancient art of yoga into the modern world. His extensive demonstrations and teachings planted the seeds for the phenomenal flowering of yoga in the West over the last 30 years, while also winning innumerable converts around the world – including in India, where yoga began.
A Birthday Tribute to Shri Yogācārya B.K.S. Iyengar – 2016
Iyengar: A Yogi’s Life
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On December 14, 1918 Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar (B. K. S.) was born in Bellur, Karnataka, India. He died on August 20, 2014 at the age of 95. Founder of the the Iyengar school of yoga, he is credited with spreading the practice and study of yoga throughout the world. This is the story of his journey from an inauspicious childhood to one of the greatest and most beloved yoga masters.