Ninety-five years ago today — December 14, 1918 — Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (B.K.S.) "Guruji" Iyengar was born in Karnataka, India. As the author of more than a dozen books about yoga (including his seminal work Light on Yoga) Iyengar is credited with exporting the practice to the Western world. He counts Pope John Paul II, whose photo hangs on a wall in his studio, among the countless students he has personally instructed. His style of yoga is so popular that his very surname is a noun in the Oxford English Dictionary. Suffice it to say, Iyengar is a living icon.
Last year, at the end of a business trip to India, I made a pilgrimage to Pune, Maharashtra to visit the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI). After spending an afternoon under the tutelage of Abhay Javakhedkar, one of RIMYI's many excellent instructors, I was admitted to interview Guruji Iyengar at the end of his daily book signing. He had a bit of a cold that day, so I was not permitted to videotape theRead More »from December 14: B.K.S. Iyengar was born on this date in 1918