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Sri Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (BKS) Iyengar was born in Bellur, India on December 14, 1918.

He was initiated into hatha yoga at the age of 16 by Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya.

At the age of 18 he was sent to Pune by his Guru in order to teach and spread his knowledge of yoga.
Through sincere and committed practice for over 70 years, BKS Iyengar explores and achieves perfection in performing asanas. This experience allows him to synthesize the work on asanas and pranayama en  an established and constructed method  with a view to gradual progression .

Une heureuse rencontre avec le grand violoniste  Yehudi Menuhin  en 1952 participe à l'introduction de BKS Iyengar au western world and thus the spread of its most practiced method today throughout the world .

In 1966, " Light on yoga " was published , recognized for being a complete guide, illustrated with 600 photos, including the study of more than 200 asanas and 14 pranayama techniques. Now translated into 18 languages,  this book is an authority on yoga.

In 1975, the  Ramamani Iyengar Memorial  Institute   was inaugurated in Pune where he taught students from all over the world.   Today the institute is under the teaching direction of two of his children Geeta and Prashant

In 1984, guided by the feeling of letting the new generation appropriate his teaching, he retired from teaching but continued to teach therapeutic yoga and during exceptional events.

Sri BKS Iyengar passed away on August 20, 2014.  

Listed by the "New York Times" as one of the hundred people who influenced the 20th century, BKS Iyengar is one of the great Indian masters of contemporary yoga thanks to whom the knowledge of yoga was introduced to the Western world.


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