Watch world’s most famous yoga teacher discuss his philosophy and techniques in a film from 1976.
BKS Iyengar passed away on Wednesday, the 20th Aug 2014 in Pune, India. He was 96.
Iyengar began to teach yoga in Pune in 1937, when he was just 18. But his journey to international fame started in 1952, when the violin maestro Yehudi Menuhin became his student. Menuhin was Iyengar’s champion, introducing him to many other Western students, including the Queen Mother of Belgium.
His fame grew quickly. When he published his book Light on Yoga in 1966, it was translated into 17 languages and became an international best-seller. Nine years later, he opened his Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, which draws students from all over the world.
Yoga, he said, is the vehicle to attaining complete freedom in body, mind and the self. He explains his philosophy and techniques at greater lengths in this film, The Ultimate Freedom.The Ultimate Freedom – A documentary by BKS Iyengar