BKS Iyengar, instrumental in spreading yoga to the west, passes at 95

After about a four-week illness, including the last week spent in the hospital in Pune, India, BKS Iyengar passed away today at age 95.

According to the Times of India, he passed away at 3:15 a.m. local time in Pune. The Iyengar webpage also has his passing.

Iyengar was sick for about three weeks but refused to go to the hospital until last Tuesday. Online, Judith Lasater, Richard Freeman and Leslie Kaminoff all have acknowledged Iyengar’s passing.

Leslie had this to say:

For myself, I can say that my teacher Desikachar always spoke of him with great respect, and seemed proud to call him uncle.

With Iyengar’s passing today,  Pattabhi Joiis’s in 2009, and Desikachar’s incapacity, that leaves precious few direct inheritors of T. Krishnamacharya’s lineage still teaching today.

Fortunately, there are literally thousands of us who are lucky enough to be the next generation of teachers tasked with carrying on the vital work of spreading the precious teachings that flow from this deep, rich wellspring.

Richard and his colleagues at the Yoga Workshop posted this to Facebook:

It is with profound sadness that the Yoga Workshop mourns the passing of a divine teacher and guru to many, Mr BKS Iyengar and are sending prayers of comfort and peace to his family. With love and compassion, Richard, Mary and the rest of the Yoga Workshop community.

We’ll try to round up some more remembrances and additional information in the morning. Feel free to post your thoughts in the Comments. We’ve held back, trying to just report the news; I’m sure we’ll both have something to add, too.

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