Born in Southern India in 1918, he suffered from many illnesses such as malaria, tuberculosis and typhoid but he soon found that by doing yoga, his health vastly improved. Through his own practice, he developed a form of yoga practice where his teachings are now incorporated into many other forms of yoga, exercise and therapy.
Yoga became popular in Europe, Canada and The United States mainly through the teachings of B.K.S Iyengar. His method is now the most widely practised by millions of practitioners throughout the world.
B.K.S Iyengar introduced props into the modern practice of yoga to allow all yoga practitioners to get maximum results from their practice. The use of props encourage students, bolster confidence, and create optimal body alignment, helping those who are inflexible or weak.
Today, at the age of 94, Guruji Iyengar still practices daily and supervises the classes at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India. His enduring physical fitness, mental agility, and youthfulness are proof of the benefits of yoga
In 2004, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. This year, he is one of the nominees for The Greatest Indian since Mahatma Gandhi, chosen for having qualities of being most influential, iconic, and inspirational. His contribution to the ancient art of yoga is truly remarkable.
In 1943, Guruji married Ramamani who was sixteen years old. She supported Guruji along with their 5 daughters namely Geeta, Vinita, Suchita, Sunita and Savitha and one son Prashant.
Geetaji and Prashantji and Guruji's granddaughter Abhijati supports Guruji in spreading Iyengar Yoga and teaches at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute (RIMYI), where Guruji teaches.
Smt. Geeta S. Iyengar
Smt. Geeta S. Iyengar is the eldest daughter of Yogacharya BKS Iyengar and an authority in yoga. She mastered the art of yoga at a very young age by observing her father in practice. She is also graduate in philosophy. She is presently the director of Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute(RIMYI).
She is a distinguished yoga teacher. She started teaching in 1962 and today has taught thousands of students from all over the world. She has keen sense of observation and compassion for her students. Her distinguished teachings helps many women through difficult pregnancies and menopausal blues. She regularly teaches at RIMYI and has also taught at special conventions in the US, Canada, Australia, UK and Europe.
She is the author of following books:
Yoga: A Gem for Women
Yoga in Action - Preliminary Course
" A yogic mind has no motive."
Sri. Prashant S. Iyengar
Sri. Prashant S. Iyengar is the son of Yogacharya BKS Iyengar and an authority in yoga. He is presently the director of Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) and an authority on Yoga. His knowledge about the scriptures and the ancient texts makes learning yoga very interesting. He is also an accomplished violinist.
His audio recordings on the yoga sutras are as follows:
- Anatomy and Physiology through the prism of yoga
- Asanas and the Panchamabhutas
- Yoga and the new millenium
" Brain is not meant for action but reflection of action."
Abhijata Sridhar is the grand-daughter of Yogacharya BKS Iyengar and has yoga running in her genes and blood. She seriously started studying yoga from the young age of 16 directly under her maternal grandfather, Yogacharya BKS Iyengar, her aunt, Smt Geeta S Iyengar and uncle Shri Prashant Iyengar. She has now grown to be a very articulate teacher. She has accompanied her aunt Smt Geeta S Iyengar to International Yoga Conventions in UK, South Africa, Australia, Germany and USA.