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Sri B.K.S. Iyengar- Indian teacher and popularizer of Yoga

Sri B.K.S. Iyengar in full Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar was born on 14th December 1918 in the Belur district of Karnataka.Indian teacher and popularizer of Yoga, a system of Indian philosophy. He faced difficulties in the early stages of life itself. Iyengar was born into a large poor family and immediately after his birth; he fell in the grips of an influenza epidemic that left him totally frail and unhealthy. Then, the poor boy lost his father at the tender age of nine years. Thereafter, he went to live with his brother in Bangalore. Throughout his childhood, BKS Iyengar experienced one illness or the other, including malaria, tuberculosis and typhoid, along with malnutrition. In 1966 he authored the book “Light on Yoga”. It went on to become an international best seller that was translated into 17 languages. The popularity of yoga that we see today is largely because of the effort of BKS Iyengar and the creative energy he put in to make Krishnamacharya’s teaching more accessible. In 2004 Time Magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 1975 in Pune, Iyengar founded the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, which he named for his late wife and ran with the assistance of his daughter Geeta and his son, Prashant. By the early 21st century his empire boasted more than 200 Yoga centres, several thousand teachers, and millions of students worldwide. BKS Iyengar passed away at the age of 95 in August 2014. He was truly the “Light of Yoga”