BKS Iyengar is one of the most important yoga teachers of the 20th century. He was the founder of Iyengar Yoga and is often credited with bringing the practice of yoga to the West.
BKS Iyengar (his full name is Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar, but it’s a bit of a mouthful, so people refer to him as BKS Iyengar) was born in Bellur, Karnataka, India in 1918.
In the 1920s, modern yoga institutes were set up for the first time near Mumbai – they spread the modern style of hatha yoga, promoting its medical benefits as well as health and fitness benefits.
After studying in Mysore with his brother-in-law T. Krishnamacharya, Iyengar moved to Pune in India to teach yoga. He developed a name for himself here, especially in therapeutic yoga.