Yogacharya B.K.S.Iyengar (Guruji) is a living legend who has
taught yoga in unique way to all his students. He finds the meaning of the yoga
sutras by his practical search and regular practice of yoga. Thus, he has
helped all to experience the wisdom of the yoga sutras. His style of
teaching yoga is called "Iyengar Yoga" and is now being followed
by certified teachers across the world.
Yogastha: One who
is firmly and completely established in Yoga–
A tribute to Guruji. Yogastha [Marathi]
Lets know more about Guruji:
· His childhood
· His Institute
· His family
· His teachings
· His disciples
· His practice
Sundararaja (BKS) Iyengar was born on December 14, 1918. His
father Sri Krishnamachar was a school teacher and therefore Guruji has all
his father's qualities even at this age. Guruji was a victim of malaria,
typhoid and tuberculosis in his childhood .
At the age of 16, he was introduced to yoga by his Guru Sri T.
Krishnamacharya. At the age of 18, he was sent to Pune, Maharashtra by his
guru to teach and preach yoga as he knew a little of English. This missed
his opportunity to learn a lot about yoga directly from his guru.
Guruji was a sincere and committed practitioner. His own practice helped
him to explore and achieve perfection in yoga asanas. This is reflected in
his teachings all over these years.
In 1943, Guruji married Ramamani who was sixteen year old. She supported
Guruji along with her family of five daughters namely Geeta, Vinita,
Suchita, Sunita and Savitha and one son Prashant.
Both Geetaji and Prashantji are supporting
Guruji in teaching Iyengar Yoga even today.
B.K.S.Iyengar taught several eminent personalities such as J. Krishnamurti
(ideal teacher),Jayaprakash Narayan (freedom fighter), Achyut Patwardhan
(commandant of National Defence Academy) and also many physicians and
Guruji's practice and teachings were well appreciated by Dr. Rajendra
Prasad(First President of India), Dr. Mohammad Hatta (ex-Vice President of
Indonesia), Pope Paul VI and also by other eminent personalities from
A fortuitous meeting with the violin maestro Yehudi Menuhin in 1952 was
instrumental in introducing the Western World to Guruji. Menuhin was
responsible in introducing several luminaries to BKS Iyengar. One of them
being the Queen Mother of Belgium.
On 26th January 1973, Guruji
laid the foundation of Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in
Pune, named after his wife Smt. Ramamani Iyengar. The institute was
inaugurated on January 19, 1975.
By this time, Guruji’s eldest daughter Geeta and son Prashant were also involved
in teaching yoga. They also started teaching at the institute with Guruji.
Guruji's teachings were first published in 1966 as Light on Yoga
. This book has been translated into 18 languages. Today, he is the author
of 14 books.
Guruji was the first person to teach large group of students. He lays great
emphasis on precision and alignment which is followed by his students. He
gets students to perform and break barriers. He brings about an automatic
transformation in the mind and habits of people. He is the only person to
teach the highest aspects of yoga - Atma Darshan through asanas. He has
taught several famous
In 1998, he taught 800 of his students for a week on the occasion of his
80th birthday at Pune. Again, in the year 2000, he conducted a special
course for senior "Iyengar Yoga" teachers from nearly 40
Even today, at the age of 95, he continues to practice. While in practice,
he is an artist at work. He is always at ease in any posture he performs.
Precision and beauty mark the asana, and the regular practice he advocates
integrates the body, mind and emotions.
Smt. Geetaji and Prashantji are also totally
devoted and committed to teach Iyengar Yoga.