B.K.S Iyengar

A student of Krishnamacharya, B.K.S Iyengar developed the tradition of Iyengar Yoga and is the author of many books on yoga practice and philosophy including Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and Light on Life. Along with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Indra Devi, he is one of the key influences of yoga in the West. In 2004, Iyengar was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

Krishnamacharya (his brother-in-law) invited Iyengar to Mysore to study with him in his late teens and later sent him to Pune to spread the practice of Yoga. The system of Iyengar yoga became popularised after Iyengar taught the violinist Yehudi Menuhin and began a series of western visits and saw his system of teaching spread rapidly.

The noun “Iyengar” is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as “a type of Hatha yoga focusing on the correct alignment of the body, making use of straps, wooden blocks, and other objects as aids in achieving the correct postures.”

N.B This is just a short extract of the history of B.K.S Iyengar and by no means an exhaustive biography.