Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar (Guruji) was taught yoga by the father of modern Hatha yoga, Krishnamacharya. He developed it to be the world’s most practised form. In turn his students that have become certified teachers have this ‘sacred thread’ to connect them with Yoga’s most ancient lineage.
B.K.S. Iyengar‘s book from 1967 ‘Light on Yoga’ was the first of its kind to be published and widely read in the West. It was promoted by his student and good friend, the violinist Yehudi Menuhin.
He found the meaning of the yoga sutras by his practical search and regular practice of yoga, right up to his death at the age of 95. Thus, he has helped all to experience the wisdom of the yoga sutras and the many benefits of Hatha Yoga (‘the yoga of effort’).
His style of teaching yoga has been named “Iyengar Yoga” and is now being followed by certified teachers across the world. This method is renowned for its lengthy, thorough training of its teachers and their high professional standards. I was taught by him when I visited the Pune Institute in India, and his senior teachers continue to pass on his wisdom today.
He died in August 2014.