BKS Iyengar

This blog is supposed to be mostly about writing and words (and occasionally bin collections), but this morning I read of the passing at the age of 95 of possibly the most influential Yoga teacher of modern times .

People have often commented that I look young for my age – which was a bane when I

BKS Iyengar aged 71

BKS Iyengar aged 71

was young (and led me to grow a moustache as soon as hormones would allow) but is quite nice now. I freely admit that it’s a lot to do with genes, but I’ve practised Yoga since I was sixteen and I like to think there’s a link there too.

My first influence was the Sivananda (another great teacher who helped to spread Yoga to the West) system, but as soon as I discovered Iyengar Yoga I became a convert, even though I’ve continued to dabble in both not terribly dissimilar schools.

I never had the chance to attend a class led by Iyengar himself, which in one way is a shame. But he was a demanding teacher who could be forceful (I’m sure with a twinkle in his eye) when getting people into exactly the right posture. I once read that some students claimed that the BKS stood for Bang Kick Slap.

He was one of those rare people whose status expands well beyond their chosen field.

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About ramblesofawriter

Writer, thinker, tea drinker.
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