B.K.S Iyengar is one of the foremost teachers of Yoga in the world who practiced and taught for over 80 years. B.K.S Iyengar began teaching in Pune, India, in 1936 at the age of 18, and has revolutionized the way yoga is taught around the world.
He is, more than any other living yogi, responsible for the growth of yoga in the West. He has earned the title of Yogacharya (yoga master). Millions of students now follow his method. There are over 2,000 Certified teachers in over 40 countries with over 180 Iyengar Yoga associations worldwide.
He is the author of the classic “Light on Yoga”, called the “bible of yoga”, which has been the source book for generations of yoga enthusiasts and to date has been translated into 16 languages. He has also written many books on yogic practice and its philosophy including “The Tree of Yoga”, “Light on Ashtanga Yoga”, “Light on Pranayama”, “Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali”, and most recently “Light on Life”. Among others, his books include eight volumes of Astadala Yogamala which contain collections of his writings and interviews.
He devoted most of his life to the practice and teaching of yoga and trained thousands of students and teachers around the world. B.K.S. Iyengar has revitalized the ancient art of yoga and made it accessible to modern man in a dynamic, safe, and effective way.
He saw yoga as an art, a science, and philosophy – not secret or exclusive. A demanding teacher, B.K.S. Iyengar guided his students to practice asanas in different ways emphasizing the importance of the proper sequencing of the asana practice to understand not just how, but why and what happens when you do an asana.
B.K.S. Iyengar is renowned throughout the world for his therapeutic approach to yoga and has been very affective in helping people with many physical ailments, as well as various heart and stress related diseases. His innovative use of supports or “props” modifying classical postures, allows a student who may be ailing and whose body is stiff to be supported in asanas without strain or the risk of further damage. By adapting the classical poses with the use of yoga props he enabled freedom of circulation, breath and healing.
In 2004, he was named one of the 100 most influential people in the 20th century by Time Magazine.
“Health is firmness in body, stability in mind, and clarity in thinking.”
“If a mirror is clean, it reflects objects clearly…
…health is the mirror of man”
– BKS Iyengar