World-renowned yoga guru B.K.S Iyengar passed away at 3.15 am. on Wednesday. Mr. Iyengar was undergoing treatment at a Pune-based hospital.
On conducting tests, doctors last week had ascertained that Mr. Iyengar’s heart was weak and that his kidneys were not functioning normally, a condition further aggravated by complications owing to advanced age.
Mr. Iyengar is credited with integrating the eight aspects of ashtanga yoga known as ‘Iyengar’s Yoga’. Here he is seen performing the Pari Purna Matsyendrasana.
He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan during the Republic Day celebrations earlier this year.
B.K.S. Iyengar received the Padmashri Award in 1991.
Yoga, he said, could bring the two countries - India and China - together by creating a common bond and changing perceptions. Mr. Iyengar is seen performing Dandasana in front of the Taj Mahal.
English writer Aldous Huxley, philosopher and spiritualist J. Krishnamurti and Yehudi Menuhin were some of his students. Here, he is seen teaching a group of people in London.
August 1969: Mr. Iyengar meeting the Pope at the Vatican.
Mr. Iyengar here seen with violin titan Yehudi Menuhin and David Attenborough.
"If you practise yoga, your way of thinking becomes different. If you stand on your feet, you see the world one way. But if you are standing on your head, and are topsy-turvy, the world will look a whole lot different, ” he said. B.K.S. Iyengar here seen with J. Krishnamurti.
Mr. Iyengar with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.