B.K.S. Iyengar - Father of Modern Yoga

B.K.S. Iyengar (1918-2014), suffered from malaria, typhoid, and tuberculosis. as a child The constant state of poor health and poverty began to take its toll.  To maintain physical and mental health, he studied yoga at the age of 16. His strength increased over time.

After years of study, practice and teaching, he catalogued yoga poses and arranged them in different ways as to meet the specific needs of the practitioner. Practicing every day, even after retiring at the age of 90, he could still stand on his head and balance for more than 30 minutes

Regarded as the “Father of Modern Yoga”, and credited with bringing the discipline of yoga to the West, he became known worldwide. His published works have been translated into 19 languages and Iyenar Yoga is used in over 70 countries. With an emphasis of proper form, timing, and sequence, plus the incorporation of props, Iyengar revolutionized the practice of yoga.

If you are interested in Iyengar Yoga and yoga practice, here are some titles of interest:

Yoga : the path to holistic health by B. K. S. Iyengar

This bestseller is the only illustrated practical Iyengar yoga guide written by the master himself. B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health is the complete, authoritative teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar for mind, body, and health. It is suitable for every level of ability, age, and physical conditions.


Yoga: the Greater Tradition by David Frawley

As yoga continues to grow in popularity as a modern exercise and fitness movement, it is important to take notice of the greater spiritual tradition that forms its core. This book sheds light on the greater tradition and teachings of yoga, providing readers with an important approach to the practice that can harmonize their existence both individually and collectively. Yoga provides all students with a new appreciation of their dicipline's universe.


Yoga: the Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillnessby Erich Schiffmann

From the yoga master featured in the bestselling Yoga Mind and Body videos with Ali McGraw comes an introduction to Hatha Yoga, complete with step-by-step instructions and meditation techniques.


Breath of the gods [HOOPLA] : a journey to the origins of modern yoga

A Journey to the Origins of Modern Yoga. Yoga is known to go back to god Shiva, who perfected 8,4 million postures, according to Indian tradition. Far less known is the fact that yoga is at the same time an early 20th century-creation of Indian savant T. Krishnamacharya, which is what this film is about. Krishnamacharya's life and teachings are seen through the eyes of the director on his search for authentic yoga.