Founder of "Iyengar Yoga"

Guru BKS Iyengar

“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.” Guru BKS Iyengar At the age of 95, the father of modern yoga, Guru BKS Iyengar , after being hospitalized for heart problem, passed away on the 20th of August 2014. He was a great teacher and even though he became famous all over the world with his own style of yoga he was never proud or aloof. He always had time for everyone and greeted them with a warm heart. In his teachings he was a perfectionist. The Iyengar yoga style is a vigorous one and builds strength among other things. Many people who have health problems do this style in order to alleviate the ailments or at least make them more comfortable. The Iyengar yoga is not a recreational, fashionable, commercial yoga style. Guru B.K.S. was very sick as a young child suffering from tuberculosis, typhoid, malaria, influenza. With the practice of yoga taught to him by a guru of the palace he was able to stand up as he says! After that teaching yoga became Guru Iyengar’s mission in life. Even though he is renowned for introducing yoga to the west it was not an easy task specially being a colored man in the world of the “white people”. It took him 7 years of demonstration after demonstration to finally get the westerners to show an interest in the healing aspect of yoga. Guru Iyengar’s taught that the body should be aligned and balanced along with the mind. Yoga should not only focus on the body and the mechanical performance of the asanas but rather the body and the mind stretching and contracting together. “Yoga is a science that associates the body with the mind, mind with intelligence, intelligence with conciseness and conciseness with the self. Yoga is a noble subject and not a commercial one.” ― B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life



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