BKS Iyengar Bio

BKS Iyengar Biography

Guruji B. K. S. Iyengar has been called the “Michelangelo of yoga,” the “king of yogis,” and was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. He is universally recognized as the world’s greatest yoga teacher. Born in December 1918, Mr. Iyengar is a living legend who has taught yoga in a unique and revolutionary manner. He has discovered new meanings to the Yoga Sutras (text) of Patanjali through practical research and regular practice.

Mr. Iyengar brought yoga to the West with his pioneering teaching in the 1970s, the beginning of today’s explosive growth in yoga. His seminal manual, Light on Yoga, called “the bible of yoga,” has been continuously in print since 1966. It is the source book for generations of yoga students. Mr. Iyengar has written many books on yoga and its therapeutic benefits, including the popular Light on Life, his reflections from a lifetime of intensive yoga practice.

Mr. Iyengar’s invention of yoga props, now a standard in yoga studios of all styles, revolutionized the study of yoga. Blankets, belts, and other props allow students of all skill levels and ages to work safely in the classical yoga asanas (postures). Mr. Iyengar also revolutionized the therapeutic applications of yoga, gaining recognition for yoga as treatment for serious medical conditions. For more information on the documented findings about the therapeutic benefits of Iyengar Yoga, please visit the Research section of the IYNAUS site.

For more information on Guruji B. K. S. Iyengar, please visit IYNAUS or B. K. S. Iyengar. To view videos of Guruji Iyengar in action, please visit Videos.

Mr. Iyengar died August 20, 2014 after a short illness.

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