He has been credited with popularizing yoga, first in India and then around the bks iyengar books free pdf. Sri Krishnamachar, a school teacher, and Sheshamma. My arms were thin, my legs were spindly, and my stomach protruded in an ungainly manner,” he wrote. My head used to hang down, and I had to lift it with great effort.
In 1937, Krishnamacharya sent Iyengar to Pune at the age of eighteen to spread the teaching of yoga. In the beginning, Krishnamacharya predicted that the stiff, sickly teenager would not be successful at yoga. He was neglected and tasked with household chores. Only when Krishnamacharya’s favorite pupil at the time, Keshavamurthy, left one day did serious training start. Krishnamacharya began teaching a series of difficult postures, sometimes telling him to not eat until he mastered a certain posture. These experiences would later inform the way he taught his students. He spent many hours each day learning and experimenting with various techniques.
Menuhin gave him the break that transformed Iyengar from a comparatively obscure Indian yoga teacher into an international guru. Bombay to meet Menuhin, who was known to be interested in yoga. Menuhin said he was very tired and could spare only five minutes. After one hour, Menuhin awoke refreshed and spent another two hours with Iyengar. Menuhin came to believe that practising yoga improved his playing, and in 1954 invited Iyengar to Switzerland. At the end of that visit, he presented his yoga teacher with a watch on the back of which was inscribed, “To my best violin teacher, BKS Iyengar”.