B.K.S. Iyengar, founder of the style of Yoga, known as Iyengar Yoga. He is regarded as one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. He wrote Yoga practice and became an author of many books on Yoga practice. Tirumalai Krishnamacharya was his teacher who was considered as the father of the modern yoga and Iyengar Yoga learned a lot from him. Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, Yoga sutras of Patanjali and Light on Life were his famous books on Yoga. About him.
B.K.S. was born in Bellur, Karnataka. The family had 13 children’s and out of 13, only 10 survived. B.K.S. Iyengar was the 11th child. As Iyengar grew up, the family moved to Bangalore and then as Iyengar became nine years old, his father died of appendicitis.
Iyengar’s home town, Bellur and when Iyengar was born, the place was already a home to some serious disease like influenza pandemic and Iyengar got an attack of the disease. Iyengar felt weak and sick for many years. His childhood had a tough fight with malaria, fever and general malnutrition.
Iyengar had a tough fight with diseases and to improve his heath condition, he was called to Mysore by his brother in law, Tirumalai Krishnamacharya to do yoga practice and improve his health. He learned Asana practice over there which improved his health state. Yoga had a positive influence on Iyengar.
Krishnamacharya taught Iyengar yoga and its practices. Krishnamacharya began teaching some very difficult postures like not to eat until attained a certain posture. It became very helpful for Iyengar which he later taught his students.
Iyengar in his later years shifted to Pune where he practiced various techniques. He learned and experimented with them. Iyengar by now was a known name in Yoga and many big personalities were taught by him.
After teaching many big names and healing them with his yoga, Iyengar made a big name. he went to United States for teaching, wrote books and they published on a high standard and even opened a yoga institute in Pune in memory of his wife.
Iyengar was closely attached to yoga practice. In his free time, Iyengar practiced asanas and pranayams. Though yoga, his physical stamina and flexibility grew stronger day by day and for this, he drew inspiration from Hindu deities.
Iyengar took cause of nature conservation. According to Iyengar, all birds and animals should be protected in their own nature and to support the cause, he contributed dedicatedly. Iyengar also adopted a tiger and a cub.
Iyengar contributed towards making of a hospital. Since his hometown, Bellur was affected by many serious diseases and Iyengar had seen it, he planned a hospital over there. apart from this, Iyengar also books for studies.
B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga
The Guru of Yoga who taught many names at one time was also took the support of Yoga to cure his illness that he developed over the years as a kid and now taught the world that there is better healer other than Yoga.
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