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BKS Iyengar

Practice every asana like a mantra and every pose as a meditation, and the light will begin to shine from the core of your being.

BKS Iyengar

BKS Iyengar is considered the yogi that brought yoga to the West and has made it world wide spread. It gives a glimpse of the enormous effort and enthusiasm that lies behind; not only in exploring his own body and mind but also towards teaching yoga to groups and developing the yoga system and all the props so it could be available to literally everyone.

BKS Iyengar was born into a pour Indian family on the 14th of December 1918. Through his sister, who was married to the renowned Krishnamacharya, he was introduced to yoga at the age of 15. Since birth he had a weak health and was suffering from malnutrition and a great deal of more serious illnesses. But from his 15th year he began to practice asanas on a daily basis, slowly improving his health and was soon asked by Krishnamacharya to present the asanas in public and to teach groups in Pune.



In Pune lies The Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, which was opened in 1975 in memorial of his wife, Ramamani, who gave birth to their four children. One of his daughters Geeta Iyengar and his son Prashant Iyengar have followed the footsteps of their father and are teaching in the institute plus has both written books on yoga, yoga and motherhood and yoga philosophy.

In 1952 BKS Iyengar was invited to London by the violinist Yehudi Menuhin and soon a permanent and loyal group of students were gathered, whom we can thank, that this form of yoga has become so widespread and popular. Because of their faithfulness and persistent practice, BKS Iyengar traveled regular to Europe and later also to the States from where a yogic wave has swept back on Europe since the late 90'ies.

His world-wide fame really took on in 1964, when he published the book that almost grew to a yogic-bible and international bestseller: Light on Yoga. From studying these comprehensive descriptions and photos, everybody - in every little settlement all over the globe - could investigate the poses and do their own inner experiences.

His whole life, BKS Iyengar has made experiments on his own body using his sharp intellect as an artist's tool. He made exploitations into new poses and felt the effect - according to how they were performed and for how long - and invented props, so that every of his students could participate in his classes no matter their health condition. He is the creator of numerous of programs or sequences for different painful conditions or illnesses.

Throughout the years he has educated hundreds of teachers, among whom many have educated or inspired a host of enthusiastic teachers all over the world. In the Danish Iyengar Yoga Association we now have more than 50 certified Iyengar Yoga teachers.

In 1984 he officially drew back from teaching, but he is still as a 93 year old man very active in the yoga society and as a writer. In connection with his 90 year old birthday, a book of tribute was published - written by many of those, who felt, that BKS Iyengar has had a decisive influence on their lives. The book is here by recommended: Iyengar – the Yoga Master. Edited by Kofi Busia.

The last 15 - 20 years, BKS Iyengar and the senior teachers all over the world have build up a certified educational system, which has made the education international and made it a protected title with a trademark license. To be able to teach Iyengar Yoga one needs to attend the 3 year long education and pass the examination in following topics: anatomy, physiology, and philosophy, own practice, teaching methods and use of props in different situations. A certification is given, but has to be renewed every year through participating in certain sessions.


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