Yoga is something that is often practiced at our luxury camping UK abodes, and is also enjoying arguably its most popular period since it was established and today Google’s infamous doodle has been dedicated to BKS Iyengar, the founder of ‘Iyengar yoga’.
Here’s a brief history of the much-loved guru:
Iyengar, whose full name is Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar, was born in 1918 in southern India.
In his early years Iyengar suffered from poor health and when he reached the age of 15 he was invited to visit one of his brother-in-laws, who ran a yoga school in the state of Mysore. He had offered out the invite to Iyengar in order to help him improve his health through the practice of yoga.
Four years later, in 1937, Iyengar, at the age of 19, was sent to the city of Pune in the state of Maharashtra to teach yoga, however, it wasn’t until some 15 years later, in 1952, that Iyengar reached the status of an international guru, after he familiarised the prominent violinist Yehudi Menuhin to the art.
As a result of impressing Menuhin so much with his superb skills, in 1954 Menuhin invited his teacher to Switzerland. As a result, Iyengar continued to make trips to the West and the schools where he would teach his style of yoga were subsequently opened up all over the world.
The yoga master took time to study anatomy, physiology and psychology as a means to establish modern therapeutic yoga. Then, following a scooter accident which caused Iyengar to dislocate his spine, he started exploring the use of props to help disabled people practice yoga.
Eleven years ago, in 2004, Time magazine recognised Iyengar as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and last year he was bestowed a state honour, the Padma Vibhushan. Some months later, in August of last year, BKS Iyengar passed away at the age of 95.