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Breaking: BKS Iyengar Has Died

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bks-iyengarWe are awaiting official reports, but it has been confirmed by sources close to the Iyengar family: It is with heavy hearts we report that world-renowned yoga guru BKS Iyengar has passed from his earthly body. He was 96*. Iyengar was admitted to the hospital a week ago and was treated for breathlessness and low blood pressure. Reports of kidney failure and that he was in critical condition were released earlier today (Tuesday). It is assumed he was unable to recover and it was his time to let go.

We are saddened by this profound loss, but we are lifted up by all the lessons and teachings he has bestowed upon us throughout his long life that will live on forever. He leaves behind a legacy of helping to spread the benefits of yoga to his home country of India and popularizing it all over the world, incorporating a multitude of props and a therapeutic approach thereby making the practice more accessible to anyone and everyone. We owe a deep debt of gratitude to his life’s work.

UPDATE #1: BKS Iyengar’s official website has been updated with this simple and elegant image and message:



UPDATE #2: The India Times has confirmed the passing of BKS Iyengar.

“Iyengar died at 3.15 am on Wednesday,” said a treating doctor.

Iyengar was ill for three weeks prior to hospitalization but refused to get himself admitted and was treated at home by his family physician. He was even put on intravenous fluid at home.

His family members could finally persuade him to get admitted after his condition worsened. He was admitted to the hospital on August 12. But by then, his condition had deteriorated a lot. He was put on non-invasive ventilator for a day but he refused to undergo aggressive treatment and hence, he was put off artificial respiration.

BKS Iyengar’s impact on modern yoga is undeniably vast. We will be sharing more about his life and invaluable contributions to the world over the coming days. We invite you to share your thoughts, stories, and memories to honor his life and legacy.

Please enjoy these videos below, the first, a short montage of BKS Iyengar’s inspiring practice, and the second, his 1976 film “The Ultimate Freedom Yoga” which is a must watch.

Namaste. Rest in peace, Guruji.

*Indian press is reporting he was 96, though Iyengar’s actual birthdate is December 14, 1918, which would make him 95. We assume (thought we could be wrong) that they may be going by Guru Purnima, an annual Hindu festival held in July dedicated to honoring spiritual and academic teachers, and celebrating the birthday of Adi Guru, or the first Guru.

“Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.” – BKS Iyengar

photo credit Coni Hörler



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33 comments… add one
  • nelliebelle1197

    Goodnight, Guruji. Namaste.

  • A beautiful human being. Uplifting all of humanity. RIP.

  • Chris

    The title for this post should read “Heart-Breaking News” !

    The Patanjali of our Era ! What a stupendous Body of Work, over so many Decades !

    The World tips its hat, in Gratitude and Reverence ! Namaste, Guruji !

  • Langalia Neha
  • Manabu Nakane

    It is the deep, deep sadness to me.
    I will continue to dedicate following the back of Guruji in my life.
    I wish your sleep will be in peace forever.

  • Thank you Guruji for your amazing passion and teaching. May you rest in peace.

  • The last of his kind. He will live through his teachings for generations to come.

  • Rest in peace. His light lives on through his teachings.

  • Roz

    I am a Kundalini yoga teacher and I have had a very strong urge to chant Akal…means undying and heals release the soul from the earths magnetic field… Now I know why. I will be chanting Akal for 31 minutes For BKS at 6am..Southern Italian time. Please join me.

    Akal to you BKS and many thanks for your fantastic life work and all happiness you brought to the world. You certainly did die majestically….
    My Yogi Bhajan left this earth over 10 years ago.Another great soul has departed… Let’s hope. Ore great souls are entering.
    To the family…he has taken his path…..strength be with you all. Peace,love and light to you all.
    HAR Partap Kaur

  • Silver

    ShreematIyengarmahaamunayenamaha. I respectfully salute the great sage and radiant being, Iyengar. R.I.P.

  • Sonia

    May we all carry is words, his teachings, his inspiration, on our breath and strive to keep the flame of yoga and its ultimate goal of touching the soul alive. I mourn with the world today.

  • Dear Guru, your mind was yet in peace, and this peace will guide us in the love practice and teaching for the eternity.
    you were our yoga guide and you will stay it.

    My heart and my mind are with you …. and my teaching also
    All my respect for your passion yoga life.

  • Miki Anna

    Were deeply sorry, great loss for all of us! RIP.

  • Nitan Kumar

    “The last Shavasana” He will live in our lives forever……….

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