‘Real thing that made Iyengar special was that his focus on the physicality of yoga’

If you haven’t noticed already, BKS Iyengar would have turned 97 today. (Check the Google Doodle for an all-too-easy Kapotasana.) TIME magazine looks back on Iyengar’s influence:

In 1947, despite the fact that many celebrities (Aldous Huxley, for example) had become fans of yoga, TIME noted that it was “still as mystifying as Sanskrit to the average American.” Those who did practice yoga outside of its homeland tended to be more interested in its spiritual benefits than its physical ones; even the Beatles, who helped make the name of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi world famous in the late 1960s, were open to changing their philosophies and not just their bodies.

That was right around the time that Iyengar released his 1966 book.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

More coverage: Telegraph, Mirror, Christian Science Monitor.

Posted by Steve