B.K.S. Iyengar is universally honored for his understanding and teaching of the art and science of yoga. He is the author of Light on Yoga, considered one of the most authoritative modern yoga texts, Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras, Tree of Yoga, the recently published Light on Life, and numerous other exceptional reference works.
Many consider B.K.S. Iyengar, now 94 years of age, to be yoga’s most proficient and knowledgeable practitioner—an inspiration to countless students and yoga practitioners around the globe. Over the course of seventy-four years of teaching, he has developed an innovative and inspired method, which is taught under his name. Its principles are now incorporated into the teaching of yoga under many names, as well as other forms of exercise, therapy, and movement.
B.K.S. Iyengar’s lifetime of practice leads us through the stages of our lives. What he taught in his youth is vital and appropriate for that stage of life, and forms an essential base for development; what he is teaching as an elder gives shape to an evolving understanding of a considered life.
In addition to providing a template of study for those not limited by physical problems, Mr. Iyengar is a pioneer in the development of therapeutic applications of yoga for the treatment of medical conditions. Medical professionals in numerous disciplines and countries have recognized his expertise and efficacy. His revolutionary use of yoga props and intelligent selection and modification of asanas (yoga postures) enable students of all abilities to work at their highest potential and overcome difficulties of many kinds. It is perhaps Mr Iyengar’s greatest achievement that he has made yoga accessible and relevant to all.
Mr. Iyengar and his daughter and son, Geeta and Prashant Iyengar, teach and refine this constantly evolving method at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India. Teachers and practitioners from all over the world come regularly to hone skills for their own development and to share with the communities in which they teach.