World-renowned yoga guru B.K.S Iyengar passed away at 3.15 am. on Wednesday. Mr. Iyengar was undergoing treatment at a Pune-based hospital.
B. K. S. Iyengar, or Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar (December 14 1918- August 20, 2014), founded the style of yoga known as “Iyengar Yoga” and is considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. He has written many books on yoga practice and philosophy including Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, and Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Iyengar yoga classes are offered throughout the world. Iyengar was one of the earliest students of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who is often referred to as “the father of modern yoga.” After modern yoga had arisen from the teachings of Krishnamacharya, it was Iyengar who established it. As he revealed in an interview in the documentary Breath of the Gods he struggled in the beginning to make a living as a yoga instructor because he was confronted by a great deal of prejudice. He has been credited for establishing and popularizing yoga firstly in India and then moreover around the world. He always tell people, live happily and die majestically.
The nonagenarian yoga guru was admitted last Tuesday after complaining of breathlessness.
On conducting tests, doctors last week had ascertained that Mr. Iyengar’s heart was weak and that his kidneys were not functioning normally, a condition further aggravated by complications owing to advanced age. However, at the time, they assured that Mr. Iyengar was fully conscious, sending out hopes of an early recovery.
“He did not want to be admitted to hospital even though he was unwell at home for almost three weeks. Iyengar had a cardiac (ailment) history. His condition subsequently worsened leading to renal failure after which he was put on dialysis,” Dr Deepali Mande, who attended on him, told PTI.
BKS Iyengar is considered to be one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world and is the founder of Iyengar Yoga. He has written many books on yoga practice and philosophy and is sometimes referred to as the father of modern Yoga. He learned yoga from his brother-in-law Sri Tirumalai Krisnamacharya who asked him to come to Mysore. The main reason for this was to improve his health. He was then sent to places by Krishnamacharya to spread his teachings. Iyengar would go on to teach yoga in London, Switzerland, Paris and other places and the popularity of yoga in the West is considered to be his doing.
Although he passed away, generations will remember Shri BKS Iyengar as a fine Guru, scholar & a stalwart who brought Yoga into the lives of many across the world.