Iyengar Yoga is named for yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar (1918 - 2014). Called the "Michelangelo of yoga" and named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2004, Mr. Iyengar is universally acknowledged as the modern master of yoga.
B.K.S. Iyengar was born the 11th of 13 children during an influenza epidemic. He overcame poverty and deadly childhood illnesses to begin his study of yoga at age 16 with his brother-in-law and guru, T. Krishnamacharya. He practiced and studied intensely for years. In the process, he developed encyclopedic knowledge which fueled his teaching. Included among his many influential books are Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras, The Tree of Yoga, and Light on Life. Promoting yoga as an art, science and philosophy, Mr. Iyengar made yoga accessible to ordinary people worldwide, regardless of race, gender, age or religion.
Mr. Iyengar opened the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India in 1975. The institute was named in honor of his beloved wife, Ramamani Iyengar, who passed in 1973. Mr. Iyengar taught classes through his 80s and continued his daily practice until shortly before his death at the age of 96.
Dr. Geeta S. Iyengar began learning yoga as a child by observing her father. She has been actively teaching at RIMYI and around the world since 1962 and is the author of Yoga: A Gem for Women, a pioneering work on yoga for every stage of a woman’s life, and several other books. In addition to serving as Director and teaching daily classes at RIMYI, Prashant Iyengar has written extensively about yoga philosophy and the ancient texts.
Abhijata Sridhar started seriously studying yoga from the young age of 16 under the direct guidance of her maternal grandfather, B.K.S. Iyengar, her aunt, Dr. Geeta S. Iyengar and uncle Shri Prashant Iyengar. She is a fulltime devoted student as well as a Senior Teacher at RIMYI. Abhijata travelled with Mr. Iyengar to Russia and China. She accompanied Dr. Geeta Iyengar to several international conventions and has also taught independently at yoga conventions in the US, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, the UK, and Israel.
Dr. Geeta S. Iyengar and Sri Prashant Iyengar serve as the current Directors at RIMYI and are recognized as leading authorities on yoga. From RIMYI, the Iyengar family oversees the rigorous curriculum and assessment procedures that are standardized throughout the world for the certification of Iyengar Yoga teachers. There are now thousands of CIYTs continuing B.K.S. Iyengar’s legacy, including more than 1,100 CIYTs in the United States.