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.