About Yogacharya Sri B.K.S. Iyengar
The world's most widely practised method of yoga is that taught by Yogacharya Sri B.K.S. Iyengar of Pune, India. Born on December 14, 1918, in Bellur, India, he studied and practised yoga continuously for over 70 years.
Iyengar's thorough study, understanding and mastery of yoga are unrivalled in modern times. Having taught for over 75 years in all five continents, he won worldwide respect and recognition for his achievements and made yoga accessible and relevant to people everywhere, no matter what their physical or mental ability.
He set the standard for his teachers and students while his textbooks on yoga have become classics. He set up the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India, where his daughter Smt. Geeta and son Sri Prashant Iyengar are directors.
In 2004 BKS Iyengar was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in Time Magazine.
There are over 1000 qualified Iyengar yoga teachers in the UK alone, and thousands more in over 40 countries. There are over 20 national Iyengar yoga associations worldwide. To find a teacher in the UK/Ireland near you, enter your postcode into the search boxes on the right hand side of the screen.
The Bellur Trust
Bellur is a village in Karnataka, Southern India, famous now as the birthplace of Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar – BKS Iyengar.
Bellur is just one of the many very poor villages in India, a community of people belonging to the lower strata of society with regard to their social status and economic background. Life there had changed little since Guruji lived there as a young boy until 2004. The only amenity was the Primary School, which had been built by Guruji with help from money raised by English students in 1967. Guruji’s father was schoolmaster at a school nearby as there had been no school in Bellur itself until this time. There was not even a clean, fresh water supply until 2004.
Bellur represents the plight of many such village communities in India.
Guruji’s vision for Bellur is to establish and maintain it as a model village through the provision of educational, medical, social and cultural facilities and opportunities to raise and enhance the general quality of life and improve future prospects for the young in the community. From this firm foundation the aim is that lasting social and economic reform can be achieved.
The Bellur Krishnamachar & Seshamma Smaraka Niddhi Trust – BKSSSNT - or Bellur Trust is a charitable Trust formed by Guruji, his family and students, with the objective of undertaking educational, social, cultural and health related projects for the upliftment of the people of Bellur and the surrounding area.
Click here fore more information about the Trust and its aims, achievements and plans.
Ramamani Sundara Raja Iyengar Hospital, built by the Trust for the villagers of Bellur