Legendary yoga guru Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar, the founder of Iyengar yoga, passed away at a private hospital in Pune (western part of India) on Wednesday morning. He was 96.
He was admitted to the hospital on August 12 as he had been suffering from acute breathlessness and palpitation. Doctors who attended on him said that he was put on dialysis after his condition worsened two days ago.
Advertisement"He did not want to be admitted to hospital even though he was unwell at home for almost three weeks. Iyengar had a cardiac history. His condition subsequently worsened leading to renal failure after which he was put on dialysis," doctors said.
They said that the yoga guru was not responding well to the treatment last day. Doctors added that his heart was weak and that his kidneys were not functioning normally, a condition further aggravated by complications owing to advanced age. He breathed his last at 3.15 am this morning.
He had earlier been diagnosed with heart pumping failure and had suffered two heart attacks in 1998 and 2000.
PM condoles death of yoga guru
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of yoga guru and said he will be remembered as a fine guru and scholar. "I am deeply saddened to know about yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar's demise and offer my condolences to his followers all over the world," Modi tweeted. "Generations will remember B.K.S. Iyengar as a fine guru, scholar and a stalwart who brought yoga into the lives of many across the world," PM added.
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He was born on December 14, 1918 at Bellur village in Kolar district in Karnataka and was a victim of malaria, typhoid and tuberculosis in his childhood. He was introduced to yoga at the age of 16 by his Guru Sri T. Krishnamacharya.
He was sent to teach yoga in Pune at the age of 18. On 26 January 1973, he laid the foundation of the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, named after his wife Smt. Ramamani Iyengar. The institute was inaugurated on 19 January 1975.
Widely considered to be the father of modern yoga, and crediting with popularising it in the West, he was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991, the Padma Bhushan in 2002 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2014. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2004.
He also authored 14 books on yoga techniques, what became known as 'Iyengar Yoga'. His first book, Light on Yoga, was published in 1966 and has been translated into 18 languages.
In 1998, he taught 800 of his students for a week on the occasion of his 80th birthday i Pune. Again, in the year 2000, he conducted a special course for senior "Iyengar Yoga" teachers from nearly 40 countries.
Always full of life and energy that betrayed his advanced age, Iyengar evinced keen interest in art, dance, theatre and cricket.
Some of his more famous students include Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Naseerudin Shah, Meera Nair, Murli Manohar Joshi and the Queen mother of Belgium. He also carried out classes in military Academies, the police Force (carrying out special classes for commandos) and prisons in Israel
All branches of the Iyengar Yoga Institute were closed today following the news of his demise. Sources said that the cremation is scheduled to be held in the afternoon.