By: Zubin Zarthoshtimanesh Yogacharya BKS Iyengar, whose 100th birth anniversary will be celebrated on December 14, was among those gurus who handed down traditional knowledge to generations of yoga learners. Iyengar, after a short apprenticeship under T Krishnamacharya from Mysuru, settled down to teach in Pune in 1938 with just two regular students. After 81 years, there are over 500 Iyengar yoga centres on six continents with its mecca at Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune. Thousands of students from India and 53 countries will gather at Balewadi stadium from Monday till December 14 to participate in a 10-day Iyengar Yoga exposition. When Guruji passed away in 2014, he left behind a wealth of visual and intellectual knowledge in 24 books, nearly 10,000 lecture-demonstrations and a strong message for a yoga enthusiast to believe in the power of selfpractice. For Iyengar, zealous and committed practice was the secret to success. In the late 1970s, at the end of a class he was teaching, Guruji informed the students to expect back-bending asanasthe next day, to come prepared and be ready. The next day, when he started the class, he asked the students how they had prepared. They all said they had turned up for the class. He then shared with them that his day had started at 4.30am and he had prepared to face them by doing 85 backbends (urdhva dhanurasana) that morning just to understand how to teach them, to be ready and committed to them as their teacher and demonstrate how they can get through their subjective embodiment objectively and gaze deeper into themselves. Yoga is a unique and complex art wherein one learns to objectify own subjective body, mind and self through associated practices and self-study. The genius of Iyengar was to demonstrate with his own body, mind and breath the effects that were to be imbibed and internalised by a student. This subjective-objective simplification makes Iyengar yoga the most practiced on the planet. His commitment to his practice at every stage of his life, from when he was in his 20s right up to his 90s, made Iyengar stand apart from others. He would always humbly credit all his achievements to his yoga. But the blissful union of one’s body, mind, breath and self needed an Iyengar to bring it to light. As the BKS Iyengar centennial celebrations roll out today, it is good to remember that a yogic revolution began a hundred years ago.