World renowned yoga guru Bellur Krishnamachar Sundaraja (BKS) Iyengar passed away in Pune wee hours on Wednesday following poor heart functioning coupled with the renal insufficiency, doctors operating him said. He was 96.
said, “Generations will remember Shri BKS Iyengar as a fine Guru, scholar & a stalwart who brought Yoga into the lives of many across the world. I am deeply saddened to know about Yogacharya BKS Iyengar's demise & offer my condolences to his followers all over the world.”
Iyengar rediscovered yoga by changing some of its techniques to deliver maximum impact. Suffering from various ailments in his teenage such as tuberculosis, influenza and malaria, BKS was knocked cold by his guru at Mysore that if he could not master an asana.
“I was put on deadline to exhibit my skills within a month. I proved myself and bagged prize,” the yoga guru had narrated in one of his most recent interview given to Marathi television channel IBN Lokmat.
It took six years for Iyengar to get his health back through yoga after he shifted to Pune in 1937. After practicing yoga for 13 years, Iyengar mastered the art and began teaching yoga, which he later took at global stage.