Iyengar - Yoga Master

Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar was born in 1918.

At the tender age of 16, Iyengar's elder sister's husband, T.Krishnamacharya, introduced yoga to him.

In 1936, aged 18, Iyengar, was sent to Pune by his Guru to teach yoga. Life proved difficult for the young Sundararaja in Pune, given that he did not have a home, friends or family and was a stranger to the state's language and culture. However, Iyengar was a highly learned, gifted man, with great physical strength.

He had not even had much time to learn from his Guru prior to coming to Pune. So, in Pune he began diligent practice to attain experiential wisdom.

He continued with his own practice as well as refining and redefining asanas for greater precision. His diligence relating to the yoga was mirrored by his growing number of students.

Yoga was not a money earner then, so, Iyengar had to live hand to mouth then, often being unaware of where his next meal was coming from.

In 1943, his marriage was arranged by his brothers to the 16 year old Ramamani who was totally unaware of yoga. Upon entering Iyengar's life that changed and she proved to be the key strength and drive behind her husband's progress in this field.

She brought up her five daughters and son more or less single-handedly, giving her husband the time needed to practise his chosen path.

Iyengar is an internationally recognised yoga teacher, having taught many famous people, including J. Krishnamurti and freedom fighters like Jayaprakash Narayan.

In 1952 Yehudi Menuhin was instrumental in introducing Iyengar to the West. Menuhin was a devotee of Iyengar, being taught by him when Guruji went abroad.

Numerous people participated in these sessions, with many people in the West becoming his students

A star in the Northern Hemisphere has been named as Yogacharya B.K. S. Iyengar.

Guruji developed an amazing understanding of the human body, and mind. He used his experiential wisdom to treat many individuals with various ailments. "Therapeutic Yoga" is an integral part of "Iyengar Yoga" with many people with illnesses receiving healing from Guruji.

Iyengar founded the Institute of Iyengar Yoga which has branches internationally.

As Iyengar said:

"Yoga is light which, once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame."