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IYENGAR B(ellur) K(rishnamachar) S(undara Raja) 
Indian yoga teacher and author

Date of birth: 14 Dec. 1918


Place of birth: Bellur, Kolar District, Karnataka


Date of death: 20 Aug. 2014


Parentage: s. of Sri Krishnamachar


Family: married Shrimati Ramamani Iyengar 1943 (died 1973); one s. five d.


Career: introduced to yoga by brother-in-law Guru Sri T. Krishnamacharya in Mysore 1934; gave several demonstrations of yoga and successfully completed a yoga teaching assignment at Dharwar for faculty member of Karnataka Coll. 1936; yoga instructor, Deccan Gymkhana 1937–40; taught yoga to Shri J. Krishnamurthi 1948–68; introduced by violinist Yehudi Menuhin to the West and made numerous visits world-wide to promote yoga 1954–2014; developed his own system of yoga which gained a worldwide following; laid foundation stone for Yoga Institute in Pune 1973, Hon. Pres. Iyengar Yoga Asscns world-wide; gave lecture-demonstration at Harvard Coll., which inspired creation of monumental sculpture ‘After Iyengar’ 1976; invited by UK Dept for Educ. to participate in Festival of India, London 1982; inaugurated Iyengar Yoga Institute, London 1984; first Int. Iyengar Yoga Convention held in San Francisco 1984; invited by Jacques Chirac, Mayor of Paris, to Festival of India in France 1985; conducted yoga classes organized by Govt of UP at Rishikesh 1994, 1995, 1996; gave more than 15,000 demonstrations of yoga and numerous lectures and radio and TV interviews; hundreds of Iyengar Yoga Centres give training in his method of yoga world-wide; involved in social, cultural, educational and health-promotion projects for the poor of India


Honours and awards: Hon. Fellow, Int. Council of Ayurveda 1991; Dr hc ( Univ. of Pennsylvania) 1988, (Medicina Alternativa Institute) 2003; Hon. DSc (Mysore Univ.) 1996; Hon. DLitt (Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune) 2002; numerous awards, including title of Yogi Raja 1948, Yoganga Shikshaka Chakravati 1962, Yogi Ratna Award 1981, 2002, Vasista Award 1989, Patanjali Award, Govt of Karnataka 1990, Padma Shree 1991, All India Vasistha Award 1991, Purna Swasthya Award, World Federation of Socs of Holistic Medicine 1991, Vipra Ratna, Karnataka Brahman Mahasabha 1997, title of Arsa-Kula-Sresthah 1998, Jeevan Sadhana Gaurav, Pune Univ., Yoga Dron Award, World Yoga Soc. 1999, Priyadarshni Acad. Award 2000, Rishi Award 2001, Padma Bhushan 2002, included in Time Magazine list of most powerful people in the world 2004, 2005, Industrial Tech. Foundation Award 2004, Indira Gandhi Excellence Award, Indian Solidarity Council, New Delhi 2005, Golden Life Time Achievement Award, Industrial Tech. Foundation, Delhi 2005, Kasba Ganapati Award Puruskar Medal, Pune 2006, Yogiraj of Millennium Award, Institute of Educ. Research and Devt in association with the ‘Global Institutes’ 2007, Padma Vibhushan 2014


Achievements include: Ministry of Fed. Star Registration ( USA) announced that a star in the northern hemisphere had been named after Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar August 1988


Publications include: Light on Yoga 1966, Light on Pranayama 1981, The Art of Yoga 1985, The Tree of Yoga 1988, Light on Astanga Yoga 1999, Astadala Yogamala Vols 1–8 2000–08, Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health 2001, Yog Sarvansathi (in Marathi) 2001, Light on Life 2005, Yaugika Manas 2009, Yoga Sutra Paricaya 2010


Leisure interests: listening to music, drama






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