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.
|1||He 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.|
|2||He 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.|
|3||Credited with popularizing yoga internationally.|
|4||Among 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.|
|5||In his 90s, he could still hold the sirsasana (headstand) for half an hour.|
|Yoga Journal's Yoga for Flexibility||1992||special thanks|
|Yoga Journal's Yoga for Beginners||1988||special thanks|
|Sadhaka: The Yoga of BKS Iyengar||2015||Documentary||Himself|
|Der atmende Gott: Reise zum Ursprung des modernen Yoga||2012||Documentary||Himself|
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