B.K.S. Iyengar from birth had serious illnesses and mobility problems, and doctors predicted that his life would be short. At the age of 16, he was initiated into yoga by his brother-in-law, the well-known teacher of teachers, T. Krishnamacharya. In a short time his health improved remarkably and he never interrupted his yoga practice until he passed away at the age of 95.
B.K.S. Iyengar devoted himself with total dedication and determination to the practice and teaching of yoga. He created a methodology based on the most classical tradition of yoga, while adapting and innovating to make it accessible to everyone. Iyengar’s passion was decisive for yoga to expand and consolidate all over the world.
Iyengar yoga is precise, profound, transformative, and is suitable for all ages and ranges of mobility. Wooden blocks, chairs, ropes, blankets, and other props can be used during asana sequences to facilitate what B.K.S. Iyengar called, “meditation in action”. B.K.S. Iyengar developed a safe, sensitive, creative system of practice in which the practitioner progresses not only in asana and pranayama (physical and breathing exercises), but gets to know also a practical, holistic philosophy that harmonizes body and mind to experience deeper, more subtle states of consciousness.