Yogacharya B.K.S.Iyengar (Guruji) is a living legend
who has taught yoga in 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.
Lets know more about Guruji:
Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (BKS) Iyengar
was born on December 14, 1918. His father Sri Krishnamachar was
a school teacher and therefore Guruji has all his father's qualities
even at this age. Guruji was a victim of malaria, typhoid and
tuberculosis in his childhood .
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 a little of English.
This missed his opportunity to learn a lot about yoga directly
from his guru.
Guruji was a sincere and committed practitioner. His own practice
helped him to explore and achieve perfection in yoga asanas. This
is reflected in his teachings all over these years.
In 1943, Guruji married Ramamani who was sixteen year old. She
supported Guruji along with her family of five daughters namely
Geeta, Vinita, Suchita, Sunita and Savitha and one son Prashant.
are supporting Guruji in teaching Iyengar Yoga even today.
B.K.S.Iyengar taught several eminent personalities such as J.
Krishnamurti (ideal 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 different countries.
A fortuitous meeting with the violin maestro Yehudi Menuhin in
1952 was instrumental in introducing the Western World to Guruji.
Menuhin was responsible in introducing several luminaries to BKS
Iyengar. One of them being the Queen Mother of Belgium.
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 19, 1975.
By this time, Guruji’s eldest daughter Geeta
and son Prashant were also involved
in teaching yoga. They also started teaching at the institute
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 to perform and break barriers.
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 through asanas. He has taught several famous
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
Even today, at the age of 91, he continues to practice. While
in practice, 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
Geetaji and Prashantji
are also totally devoted and committed to teach Iyengar Yoga.