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Yoga Charya B.K.S. Iyengar

A modern and great yoga exponent

B.K.S. Iyengar, a modern exponent of yoga asana and student of Krisnamacharya.

The late Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar, (known as B. K. S. Iyengar) was born in December 14, 1918, in Bellur, Kolar District, Karnataka, India. He is the founder of the system of yoga widely known as Iyengar Yoga. He was considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world and his influence lives on. He practised and taught yoga for more than 75 years. He has written many books on yoga practice and philosophy and is best known for his books Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, and Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Iyengar yoga classes are offered throughout the world, and it is believed that millions of students practice Iyengar Yoga.

BKS Iyengar began his life as a sickly child. He suffered from tuberculous and other maladies common at the time. He was sent to his guru Krishnamacharya who instructed the young BKS Iyengar how to recover his health using yoga.

As his health recovered, his interest in yoga increased but he also realised there was some confusion about yoga asana and almost everyone had a different approach. He put his mind to analysis of the structure of the human body and related that to the structure of yoga asanas. This led to the evolution of what became known as Iyengar yoga, a systemic approach to forming yoga asanas that had the greatest therapeutic and strengthening effect on the human body.

Anyone who was taught by him or has been taught by some of his better teachers will know how precisely each limb of the body must be placed and how the body must be held in each asana or breathing exercise.

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