Bellur Krishnamachar Sundaraja Iyengar was born on the 14th of December 1918 in the village of Bellur (Karnataka), to a Brahmin family. Ye was born in the middle of an influenza epidemic which left him weak. Throughout his childhood he suffered from various illnesses. In 1934, his borther-in-law, Shriman T. Krishnamacharya asked Iyengar, who would have been 15 years old at the time, to come to Mysore, so as to improve his health through yoga practice.There, Iyengar learned asana practice, which steadily improved his health. With perseverence, he overcame his difficulties and settled in Pune in 1938. He married Ramamani in 1943 (they had six children together) and developed his courses and postural variations for each individual case.
His meeting with Yehudi Menuhin in Bombay in 1952 is decisive. The musician is impressed by the discipline and precision of his instruction. He then invites BKS Iyengar to Europe and makes him known in the West. With the publication of his impressive book: “Light on Yoga”, which covers more than 200 postures, illustrated with 600 photos, positions him as an unequaled reference on the subject of yoga that has not yet been surpassed.
In 1975 he founded the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, in honour of his deceased wife. Just after the consecration of the ground, he welcomes to the RIMYI students from around the world and travels himself to Europe, Africa, the United States and Australia. He becomes a living legend.
BKS Iyengar passed away August 20, 2014. Then aged over 95 years, BKS Iyengar continued its practice, but it is his children, eldest daughter Geeta and his son Prashant who teach and continue with his work. Geeta regularly teaches in Europe, the United States, Australia and South Africa, accompanied by Abhijata, BKS Iyengar’s grand-daughter. Abhijata is the author of the book dedicated on her grand-father’s life and teachings, published in 2008, on his ninetieth birthday.