[It is hard to believe that B.K.S. Iyengar is alive and well and still practicing yoga as one of its world preeminent authorities. Iyengar and I met when we shared a 3rd floor porch with a superb view of the Atlantic. We were each assisting a wealthy family — he as their Yoga instructor and me as tutor to two young daughters. We all ate together — vegetarian.

He was eminently qualified for his contribution. I was a rank amateur and recent college grad needing a recovery summer rather than one of my strenuous ones doing construction or working in a factory — we happily did such things in my college days, as they paid well for those going through college on scholarships and such.

Iyengar was one of the nicest persons that I have known. Each morning he went through his extraordinary routines which included body flexibility that would even let him sit on his own head. He told of his sickly childhood and being shipped off to a relative to be raised — if he survived. He was taught yoga which he told me he did not take seriously at first, but which had become for him a way of life which he wanted to share with others (he taught me a ‘grad student’ version which would get one through a paper writing night without smokes and cokes). It did work. I did two lengthy ones one night (typed up by my wife) which made it with my then teacher, Reinhold Niebuhr, and another at Union Theological Seminary whose identity I do not now connect with the other paper. Our memories at my age have recall problems — which I learned about one summer when I taught a geriatric psychology course (from a text book) on a dare. Two of us had traded courses from our own fields.

Back to Iyengar — from that time on his fame grew. I would hear of his activities. My physical fitness pro daughter sometimes mentions our link when she teaches a class in yoga. It is hard to believe that Iyengar is still going strong at what must now be the age of 91. Yoga works wonders!! Ed Kent]



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B.K.S. Iyengar

Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar (Kannada: ಬೆಳ್ಳೂರ್ ಕೃಷ್ಣಮಾಚಾರ್ ಸುಂದರರಾಜ ಐಯಂಗಾರ್, Tamil: பெல்லூர் கிருஷ்ணமாச்சார் சௌந்தரராஜா ஐயங்கார்), (also known as Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar) (Born December 14, 1918 in Bellur, Kolar District,[1] Karnataka, India) is the founder of Iyengar Yoga. He is considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world [2] and has been practicing and teaching yoga for more than 75 years. He has written many books on yogic practice and philosophy, and is best known for his books Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, and Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. He has also written several definitive yoga texts. Iyengar yoga centers are located throughout the world, and it is believed that millions of students practice Iyengar Yoga.[3]

He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991, and the Padma Bhushan in 2002.Iyengar has been named in 2004, as one of the Time 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine.[4][5]

* 1 Early years
* 2 International recognition
* 3 Publications
* 4 References
* 5 External links

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent 212-665-8535 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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