World-renowned yoga guru Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar died on 20 August 2014. He died at the age of 96. He died due to renal failure at a Pune-based hospital.
An eminent exponent of yoga as enunciated in the ancient Patanjali Sutra, Iyengar was credited with spreading practice of yoga to about 60 countries which he visited carrying message from the east to the west.
About Yoga Guru B.K.S Iyengar
B.K.S. Iyengar was born into a poor Iyengar family in 1918 at Bellur, Kolar District of Karnataka. Iyengar was one of the earliest students of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who is often referred to as the father of modern yoga. After modern yoga had arisen from the teachings of Krishnamacharya, it was Iyengar who established it.
Founder of Iyengar Yoga
He founded the style of yoga known as Iyengar Yoga and is considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. He is credited with integrating the eight aspects of astanga yoga.
He also set up his own Yogavidya institute in 1975 which later expanded in various branches across the country and abroad.
He authored14 books on yoga practice and philosophy including Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, and Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. These books were translated into 17 languages.
He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991, the Padma Bhushan in 2002 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2014.
In 2004, Iyengar was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine
Among those whom he introduced to yoga were eminent socialist leader Jayprakash Narayan, famous philosopher J Krishnamurti and world renowned violinist Yehudi Menuhin.
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