About BKS Iyengar

Our Guruji

Yogacharya BKS Iyengar (Guruji) was a legend who taught yoga in a unique way to all his students. He found the meaning of the yoga sutras by his practical search and regular practice of yoga. Thus, he helped all to experience the wisdom of the yoga sutras. His style of teaching yoga is called “Iyengar Yoga” and is now being followed by certified teachers across the world.

Yogastha: One who is firmly and completely established in Yoga–
A tribute to Guruji. Yogastha [Marathi]

His Childhood

Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (BKS) Iyengar was born on December 14, 1918. His father Sri Krishnamachar was a school teacher and therefore Guruji had all his father's qualities even at that age. Guruji was a victim of malaria, typhoid and tuberculosis in his childhood.

At the age of 16, he was introduced to yoga by his Guru Sri T. Krishnamacharya. At the age of 18, he was sent to Pune, Maharashtra by his guru to teach and preach yoga as he knew very little English. This was an opportunity missed to learn a lot about yoga directly from his guru.

Guruji was a sincere and committed practitioner. His own practice helped him to explore and achieve perfection in yoga asanas. This was reflected in his teachings all over these years.

BKS Iyengar died on 20 August 2014, in Pune, aged 95.