Yogacharya B.K.S.Iyengar (Guruji) is a man who used his body as an instrument for learning and plumbed the depths of yoga in order to teach it to his students. A dedicated teacher and practitioner, his tireless work has made the art, science, and philosophy of yoga accessible to all who seek it. Whether you are young, old, sick or infirm BKS Iyengar has developed techniques and methods of teaching that can accommodate your issues. His innovative use of props, attention to body alignment, and methodical sequencing of poses set The Iyengar Yoga Method of teaching apart from other mainstream yoga teaching. The Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India, offers daily classes and Medical Class where issues are addressed that have not been helped by traditional medicine. Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers are known as the best trained yoga teachers in the world. Learn more about BKS Iyengar and the family members who maintain the integrity of his work, expand on his teachings, and continue to share them with us today.
Dec 7 1944 - Dec 16 2018
Geetaji, as she is fondly addressed as, by her students across the world, passed away on Dec 16 2018. The eldest daughter of Guruji, she was an acclaimed yoga teacher in her own right, credited with advancing yoga for women’s health.
Her sudden demise was a shock to the entitre yoga community, coming barely two days after the conclusion of the celebration of Guruji’s 100-year centenary celebrations. She was the moving force behind the mammoth 10-day yogasana and pranayama program, in which more than 1,300 students from 53 countries participated. She gave everything she had, teaching tirelessly for five of those days: tough love, wisdom and soulful honesty.
As we come to terms with this loss, what we can do to honor Geetaji's life and her legacy is: practice.
THE PILLARS OF IYENGAR YOGA
The Legacy Continues
Prashant Iyengar is a distinguished teachers in his own right and is continuing the legacy of his father with the utmost integrity. He has written several books and continue to expand on the great work of his father in his own unique way. He holds the position of director of Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute(RIMYI). Prashant has several books and recorded audio recordings that expound on his depth of understanding of ancient texts and scriptures.
The Granddaughter of B.K.S. Iyengar
Abhijata has been a dedicated student of her Grandfather and now is stepping up to help carry on his legacy. Abhijata began taking her yoga studies seriously at the young age of 16. She learned directly under her maternal grandfather, Yogacharya BKS Iyengar, her aunt, Smt Geeta S Iyengar and uncle Shri Prashant Iyengar. Her practice has evolved and enabled her own style of teaching. She has accompanied her aunt Smt Geeta S Iyengar to International Yoga Conventions in UK, South Africa, Australia, Germany and USA.
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