All of us at Shreyas are deeply saddened by the loss of Yoga Guru Sri. BKS Iyengar, the ‘Beacon of Yoga’ who popularized Yoga worldwide, in particular the style known today as ‘Iyengar Yoga’. Guruji was 96 years old when he left his body. He always used to say ‘live happily and die majestically’, which he not only demonstrated in his life but in death too. Such was his mastery over yoga and his self that he could hold headstand for 30 min at the age of 95! Guruji demonstrated his mastery over his body, mind and spirit in spite of having suffered from ailments like malaria, typhoid and tuberculosis in his childhood.
Guruji was taught yoga from the age of 16, by his guru Sri. T. Krishnamacharya; at the age of 18, he was sent to Pune, India to teach. Later, he set up his yoga school in 1973 at Pune and introduced a unique form of practice, which uses props and belts that helped even a novice practitioner to achieve the poses. He always laid great emphasis on precision and alignment and he pushed students to perform and break barriers. Iyengar introduced Yoga to the West in the 1970’sHe attracted many celebrity followers, among them the Violinist Yehudi Menuhin, World renowned Philosopher J. Krishnamurthy, first President of India Dr. Rajendra Prasad, ex – Vice President of Indonesia Dr. Mohammad Hatta, Pope Paul VI, Queen mother of Belgium among others.
Shreyas yoga retreat in India draws inspiration from the life and teachings of Guruji and are working to spread the ancient teachings of yoga. We follow Guruji’s unique approach to asanas namely Atma Darshana, through which he has brought in transformation in the minds and habits of people. He transformed Yoga practice from being mere series of postures by focusing on the intellect, meditation and spirituality.
He leaves behind him a rich legacy in the form of classics like ‘Light on Yoga’, ‘Light on Pranayama’, ‘Light on Yoga Sutras’ etc., and scores of teachers and students who shall continue to draw inspiration from his life and teachings’.