The fitness mantra has smitten almost everyone in this age and era. People now understand the need and importance of systematically done physical activity for improved health and fitness. A host of fitness forms promising the best results include Zumba, Aerobics, Pilates and others. And, yes, all of them have proven their mettle and gained popularity.
However, among these, yoga seems to have taken a front seat and is immensely popular with the masses. In fact, there are countless yoga forms; including the Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga practice etc. Each one is different from the other. So, there’s a form matching the unique requirements of every individual.
Yoga in the West
Among the innumerable forms of yoga now available, the first one to have crossed the Western mainstream is Iyengar Yoga, developed and popularized by the famous BKS Iyengar.
You will be surprised to know that this famous guru’s beginnings were highly humble. Here’s how BKS Iyengar stepped into yoga, realized its many benefits, developed it further and imparted the same to people to enjoy its many benefits.
The Journey of BKS Iyengar
BKS Iyengar’s birth dates back to 1918 in Bellur, Karnataka. At this time, Bellur was in the grip of the influenza epidemic. The guru therefore, was born sickly and weak and suffered from a host of diseases like malaria, tuberculosis, malnutrition and typhoid fever throughout his childhood.
In 1934, he migrated to Mysore on the advice of his brother-in-law Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. Although the guru gives all the credit to what he became to his teacher, their relationship was not strong always. At the onset, BKS Iyengar was seen by his teacher as a sick and measly teenager and was therefore, not considered fit for Yoga. He was involved in the household chores, until Sri Krishnamacharya’s favorite student, Keshavamurthy left. What happened after this is history.
Sri Krishnamacharya then took BKS Iyengar under his wing and made him try all the challenging postures. What’s more, at times, he was not even permitted to eat until he got the posture right. This is how BKS Iyengar took his first steps into Yoga.
Thanks to the insistence of his Guru, BKS Iyengar then moved to Pune in 1937 to spread his knowledge of Yoga. The pioneer of Iyengar yoga began his yoga demonstrations here, which lasted for about three – four hours every day. This was the beginning of his career into Yoga.
It was in the 1960’s, when the Americans and Europeans understood the benefits of Yoga and began practicing it, that Yoga with BKS Iyengar got noticed. He then set up his principal school of Yoga in 1975 in Pune. It is known as the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute. This center for Iyengar yoga practice grew by leaps and bounds and BKS Iyengar began training even foreigners in this form of exercise, which makes the brain as well the body fit and healthy. What’s more, it can be practiced by novices too.
So, adopt Iyengar Yoga for its several benefits.
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