Yogacharia (Yoga Master) Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar was born on 14 December 1918 in Bellur (Karnataka-India) and passed away on 20 August 2014 in Pune (Maharastra-India).
Born during the flu epidemic of 1918, he suffered from ill health. He discovered yoga through his master and brother-in-law Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya with whom he studied in Mysore in southern India for two years. B.K.S. Iyengar began practising yoga to improve his health and progressively developed his interest in this science which he founded.
He settled in Pune with his family and founded the Ramāmani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (R.I.M.Y.I.) there.
In 1966, B.K.S. Iyengar published Yoga Dipika, Light on Yoga. This book is a reference book, sometimes referred to as the ‘bible of yoga’, and has been translated into, at least, 19 languages.
B.K.S. Iyengar also published several works, including:
- Tree of yoga
- Pranayama dipika: Light on Pranayama
- Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali
- Heart of the yoga sutras
- Astadala Yogamala