Indian yoga guru Iyengar dies at age 95

20:52, Aug 20 2014

Indian yoga guru BKS Iyengar, who helped popularise yoga around the world and authored 17 books on the subject, has died at age 95. 

Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar died Wednesday (local time), according to his website. His death was also reported on major Indian TV stations, which said he had been he had been hospitalised with a kidney ailment over the past week in the western city of Pune. 

President Pranab Mukherjee mourned Iyengar’s death, saying, ‘‘the nation has lost a personality who devoted his entire life to the teaching and dissemination of India’s ancient knowledge and wisdom to millions all around the world.’’ 

He created his own brand of yoga, called ‘‘Iyengar yoga,’’ and established studios in 72 countries.