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BKS Iyengar


Widely thought to be among the world’s most distinguished teachers of yoga, this creator of Iyengar Yoga wrote several books outlining his philosophy and practice. He was a 2014 receiver of the esteemed Padma Vibhushan. During his youth years, he experienced from malnutrition and was, at differing times, identified as having tuberculosis, malaria, and typhoid fever. In the invitation of his sister’s hubby, the yogi Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, he started practicing yoga as a way of enhancing his wellness. A philanthropist and a yogi, he donated an incredible number of rupees towards the Chamarajendra Zoological Backyards in Mysore, India. Along with his wife Ramamani, he elevated one kid and five daughters. Two of his kids, Prashant and Geeta, became world-famous yoga exercises instructors. The renowned violinist Yehudi Menuhin was among Iyengar’s yoga exercises disciples.

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Full Name B. K. S. Iyengar
Date Of Birth December 14, 1918
Died August 20, 2014, Pune, India
Place Of Birth India
Profession Teacher
Nationality Indian
Spouse Ramamani Iyengar
Children Geeta Iyengar, Prashant Iyengar, Sunita Iyengar, Suchita Iyengar, Vanita Iyengar, Savita Iyengar
Parents Sheshamma, Sri Krishnamachar
Awards Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri
Star Sign Sagittarius

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1He was the founder of Iyengar yoga, which is now taught in more than 70 countries. It is characterized by long asanas (postures) that require great discipline. His books have been translated into 13 languages.
2He was the 11th of 13 children in his family, and was born during an influenza epidemic. He survived tuberculosis, typhoid, and malaria as a child, and credited yoga with restoring him from frail health.
3Credited with popularizing yoga internationally.
4Among his devotees were novelist Aldous Huxley, violinist Yehudi Menuhin, actress Annette Bening, and fashion designer Donna Karan, as well as prominent Indian figures, from cricketer Sachin Tendulkar to Bollywood siren Kareena Kapoor.
5In his 90s, he could still hold the sirsasana (headstand) for half an hour.



Yoga Journal's Yoga for Flexibility1992special thanks
Yoga Journal's Yoga for Beginners1988special thanks



Sadhaka: The Yoga of BKS Iyengar2015DocumentaryHimself
Der atmende Gott: Reise zum Ursprung des modernen Yoga2012DocumentaryHimself
Enlighten Up!2008Documentary

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