BKS Iyengar

BKSBKS Iyengar was born in 1918 in Bellur/Karnataka in India.

He started learning yoga from the age of 15 from his brother-in-law T. Krishnamacharya, who was teaching yoga at the palace of Mysore.

In 1937, aged 19, he was asked by his brother-in-law to go to Pune to start teaching yoga.

In the early 1950’s he started teaching Yehudi Menuhin, the famous violinist and conductor, who introduced him into western society. BKS Iyengar was teaching yoga during many summers at Menuhin’s chalet in Gstaad, in the Bernese alps.

BKS Iyengar practiced yoga every day until his death at the age of 95 in 2014.

He had a family with 6 children, and lead a normal life as a husband and father, like many of us do as well.

BKS Iyengar has written many books on yoga, in particular the classics Light on Yoga (English) / Licht auf Yoga (German). He never called the style of his teaching “Iyengar Yoga”; this was a term created by his students.