B.K.S. Iyengar (Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar) was a renowned Indian yoga teacher and the founder of the Iyengar Yoga style. Born on December 14, 1918, and passing away on August 20, 2014, Iyengar is one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. His contributions to yoga are profound and include:

  1. Development of Iyengar Yoga: This style of yoga emphasizes precision, alignment, and detailed instruction. Iyengar introduced the use of props, such as belts, blocks, and blankets, to help students perform poses correctly and safely.
  2. Popularization of Yoga: Iyengar’s teachings and books, such as “Light on Yoga,” helped popularize yoga globally. His approach made yoga accessible to people of all ages and physical conditions.
  3. Therapeutic Applications: Iyengar Yoga is known for its therapeutic benefits. Iyengar himself used yoga to overcome a childhood of poor health and chronic illnesses, and he developed methods to use yoga as a tool for healing various physical ailments.
  4. Legacy and Influence: Iyengar trained many teachers who continue to spread his teachings worldwide. The Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India, remains a central hub for Iyengar Yoga practice and education.

B.K.S. Iyengar’s dedication to the practice and teaching of yoga has had a lasting impact, making yoga more accessible and respected around the world.