Yoga legend BKS Iyengar passes away

RSTV Bureau

iyengar_yogaWorld-renowned yoga guru and founder of the Iyengar School of Yoga B K S Iyengar passed away early Wednesday morning following illness. He breathed his last at 3.15 AM.

96-year-old Iyengar had been ailing since some time and was admitted to a private hospital a week back. He was put on dialysis after his condition worsened two days back.

Iyengar, honoured with Padma Vibhushan, is survived by a son and daughter.

The legendary yoga guru was admitted to a city hospital on August 12 following complaints of acute breathlessness and palpitation, Dr Deepali Mande, who attended on him, said.

“He did not want to be admitted to hospital even though he was unwell at home for almost three weeks. Iyengar had a cardiac (ailment) history. His condition subsequently worsened leading to renal failure after which he was put on dialysis,” she said.

During the last phase, Iyengar was feeling drowsy, she said. “He was not keen on having any food,” the doctor added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of Iyengar. “I am deeply saddened to know about Yogacharya BKS Iyengar’s demise & offer my condolences to his followers all over the world,” he said on Twitter.

“Generations will remember Shri BKS Iyengar as a fine Guru, scholar & a stalwart who brought Yoga into the lives of many across the world,” the Prime Minister said.

An eminent exponent of yoga as enunciated in the ancient “Patanjali Sutra”, Iyengar was credited with spreading practice of yoga to about 60 countries which he visited carrying message from the east to the west.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar also expressed deep grief over the death of world-renowned yoga guru whom he hailed as “great lion of Indian yoga”.

“My homage to the great lion of Indian yoga who passed away today. He made Pune the capital of yoga and spread it all over the world,” Javdekar said in a condolence message.

Born in 1918 at Bellur in Karnataka, he came to Pune in Maharashtra in 1937 and after spreading knowledge of yoga, set up his own ‘Yogavidya’ institute in 1975 which later expanded in various branches across the country and abroad.

Iyengar is considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world and had written many books on yoga practice and philosophy including ‘Light on Yoga’, ‘Light on Pranayama’, and ‘Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’.