Across 75 years of teaching, B.K.S. Iyengar has pioneered a systematic approach to Hatha yoga that enables students to practice safely and to get maximum benefits from the poses. His studies continue still and make possible therapeutic applications of yoga. Acknowledging the scientific foundations of his work, the University of Mysore conferred on him the degree of doctor of science. Recognizing the artistry of his work, the BBC dubbed him the “Michelangelo of Yoga”. His published works include Light on Yoga, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali, Light on Pranayama and Light on Life.
When Iyengar was born in 1918, the world was in the midst of the flu epidemic. His mother had been ill while pregnant with him and he was not expected to survive. He attributes his progress from sickly child to agile young man to his yogasana studies. Since retirement, Dr. Iyengar teaches medical classes at the institute he founded in Pune, India. He also continues to teach internationally, most recently leading conventions in Moscow and China.