4 amazing facts about yoga guru BKS Iyengar

By TNT Bureau

Dec 15, 2015: BKS Iyegnar, the celebrated face of yoga is credited with introducing the traditional method to the West. Recently, Google has decided to honour him as a fond memory on what would have been his 97th birthday.

This popular Indian yogi who was born as Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyegnar is known for popularising his version of ?Iyengar yoga? not only in India but almost all parts of the world.

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BKS Iyengar left for the heavenly abode on 2014 but still he is remembered by all and most importantly, his yoga practices are still being followed on an extensive basis.

A lot has been already said about the great man but below are listed 4 facts about him that are not only interesting but also known to most of the people.

Tirumalai Krishnamacharya was Iyegnar?s brother-in-law

 Yes, you read that. Tirumalai Krishnamacharya who is popularly known as the ?father of modern yoga? was Iyengnar?s brother-in-law. In the year 1934, Krishnamacharya had invited Iyengar to train with him in Mysore (now Karnatka) in southern India in order to improve his health.

Also, Krishnamacharya was the key person to revive hatha yoga from which Iyegnar yoga came into existence in the early 20th century. Iyegnar yoga paid attention to correcting the alignment of the body.

His international success came through an American violinist

 It was in the year 1952 that Iyengar met Yehudi Menuhin an American violinist who opined that yoga was useful in improving his health. Hence, he went ahead and invited Iyegnar to come with him to Switzerland in 1954.

After this, Iyegnar started to travel to the west on a frequent basis where he demonstrated his yoga techniques. Following such visits, a number of Iyegnar yoga centres opened up all over the world.

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Queen Elisabeth of Belgium learnt to do a headstand from him

In 1958, Iyengnar met the Queen and she at once asked him to teach her how to do his signature sirsana headstand. She gave him a bust of his head which she had sculpted herself.

In 1965, Iyegnar met her again in order to help her with her body momentum which had been quiet misbalanced after a heart stroke.

His children are continuing his pride as famous yoga teachers

His son Prashant and eldest daughter Geeta are celebrated yoga teachers and run the Ramamani Iyegnar Memorial Yoga Institute which was founded by their father in 1975.

Iyegna?s granddaughter Abhijata Sridhar Iyegnar is also a famous yoga practitioner. She is also a part of the institute and has gained international fame as well.

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