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about BKS iyengar

Based on traditional Hatha Yoga, Iyengar Yoga was named after the yoga practice developed by Yogacharya Sri BKS Iyengar.


BKS Iyengar was born 14 December 1918 in Bellur, South India and started practicing yoga at the age of 16 under the guidance of his Yoga Master, Prof. T. Krishnamacharya.  He studied, practised and taught yoga every day from teenage years right into his 90's, until his death on 20 August 2014.

Guruji (as he was fondly known by many of his students) is considered by many as the world's foremost exponent of yoga, and was responsible for introducing yoga to the West in 1954 by his friend, and student, the famous violinist Yehudi Menuhin. 


His book 'Light on Yoga' was first published in 1966, and has since been translated into over 23 languages and sold over 3 million copies. He also wrote many other books on yoga practice and philosophy including Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Light on Life.

His daughter, Geeta; his son, Prashant and granddaughter Abhijata have dedicated their lives to teach yoga. Prashant & Abhijata continue to teach at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune (dedicated to BKS' late wife). 

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