Who is B.K.S. Iyengar?

Who is B.K.S. Iyengar?

Who was B.K.S. Iyengar?

Called the "Michelangelo of yoga" and the "king of yogis," named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people, B. K. S. Iyengar is universally acknowledged as the world's greatest yoga teacher.

Yogacharya (yoga master) Iyengar is the author of Light on Yoga, considered one of the most authoritative modern yoga texts, and also author of Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras, Tree of Yoga, the his memoir, Light on Life, and other exceptional reference works.

When he died at the age of 95 in 2014, B.K.S. Iyengar was seen by many to be yoga's most proficient and knowledgeable practitioner—an inspiration to countless students and yoga practitioners around the globe. During nearly eight years of teaching, he developed an innovative and inspired method of yoga, which is taught under his name. This method is not only one of the world's most widely practiced methods of yoga; its principles are now incorporated into the teaching of yoga under many names and into many other forms of exercise, therapy, and movement.

B.K.S. Iyengar’s lifetime of practice leads us through the stages of our lives. What he taught in youth is vital and right for that stage of life and forms an essential base for development; what he taught as an elder gives shape to an evolving understanding of a considered life.

In addition to providing a template of study for those not limited by physical problems, Mr. Iyengar
is a pioneer in the therapeutic applications of yoga to the treatment of many medical conditions. Medical professionals in many different disciplines and countries have recognized his expertise and efficacy. His revolutionary use of yoga props and the intelligent selection and modification of the postures themselves enable students of all abilities to work to their greatest potential and overcome difficulties of many kinds. It is perhaps his greatest achievement that B.K.S. Iyengar has made yoga accessible to and relevant for all.

Mr. Iyengar's daughter and son, Geeta and Prashant Iyengar along with his granddaughter, Abhijata teach and refine this constantly evolving method at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India. Teachers and practitioners from all over the world come regularly to hone skills for their own development and to take back to their own Iyengar Yoga communities.

☞ The life and work of Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar by National Association of the United States...

☞ Production stills from the documentary film Sadhaka: the yoga of BKS Iyengar...


PUJA CEREMONY(an Indian custom) that marked the 13th day after Mr. Iyengar's death.

This is a photo of my little temporary Alter for the purpose of remembering and honoring my Guru on the 13th day after his death (Shubha-svikrana).

Song of the Soul
by Shakaracharya

I am neither ego nor reason, I am neither mind nor thought,
I cannot be heard nor cast into words, nor by smell nor sight ever caught:
In light and wind I am not found, nor yet in earth and sky -
Consciousness and joy incarnate, Bliss of the Blissful am I.

I have no name, I have no life, I breathe no vital air,
No elements have molded me, no bodily sheath is my lair:
I have no speech, no hands and feet, nor means of evolution -
Consciousness and joy am I, and Bliss in dissolution.

I cast aside hatred and passion, I conquered delusion and greed;
No touch of pride caressed me, so envy never did breed:
Beyond all faiths, past reach of wealth, past freedom, past desire
Consciousness and joy am I, and Bliss is my attire.

Virtue and vice, or pleasure and pain are not my heritage,
Nor sacred texts, nor offerings, nor prayer, nor pilgrimage:
I am neither food nor eating, nor yet the eater am I -
Consciousness and joy incarnate, Bliss of the Blissful am I.

I have no misgivings of death, no chasms of race divide me,
No parent ever called me child, no bond of birth ever tied me:
I am neither disciple nor master, I have no kin, no friend -
Consciousness and joy am I, and merging in Bliss is my end.

Neither knowable, knowledge, nor knower am I, formless is my form,
I dwell within the senses but they are not my home:
Ever serenely balanced, I am neither free nor bound -
Consciousness and joy am I, and Bliss is where I am found.

I held a special class at the same time as practioners all over the United States on August 26th, 2014, where we practiced the sequence above for the communal dedication to the memory of Guruji. All students who participated enjoyed the very special energy of the practice and the occasion.