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Grand Master

Guru Iyengar The tradition of yoga has been kept alive from Patanjali to our times by great masters. But it is only now that it has gained the immense popularity enough to sweep even our occidental counterparts off their feet. And the credit for this goes to yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar - who started from humble beginnings and achieved such greatness, that he gave a new dimension to yoga and evolved what is now known all over the world as "Iyengar Yoga".  
Born in 1918, in a small village in Karnataka, Guru Iyengar hails from a poor and simple family. At 15, he was initiated into yoga and mastered it in an incredibly short time. In 1937 he moved to Pune and joined Deccan Gymkhana Club as a yoga instructor. In spite of facing immense financial hardships, he left the security of a job and started his own private teaching. Soon, his reputation grew and he became highly sought after. Gradually his skill started attracting distinguished personalities like J. Krishnamurthi, Swami Shivananda of Rishikesh, Shri Jayaprakash Narayan, Shri Achyutrao Patwardhan.
In 1952, the yogacharya had gained such wide reaching fame that when the world celebrated artist Yehudi menuhin visited India, he also came in contact with the yogacharya. It was a turning point for him and the violinist was so elated by his healing powers that he wanted to introduce yogacharya to the world. And from 1954  guru Iyengar has made innumerable trips around the world popularising the science, art and philosophy of yoga. His first book "Light On Yoga”  which is regarded as the bible of yoga has sold more than a million copies in 14 languages. In 1982, on an invitation of the educational department of the United Kingdom, he participated in the festival of india in london and two years later inaugrated the Iyengar Yoga Institute in london. From then he has participated in various conventions, seminars and demonstrations. Building
    
All over the world, his method of yoga which trancends creed, race and language is growing from strength to strength. There are hundreds of Iyengar Yoga Centres teaching his method of yoga in all parts of the world.     

In August 1988, ministry of Federal Star registration, U.S.A. named a star after him. In 1991, he was awarded the Padma shri