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Iyengar yoga founder dies at age 95

Published on Aug 20, 2014 1:56 PM
 
In this photograph taken on September 3, 2003, Indian yoga exponent B.K.S. Iyenger (R) demonstrates a stretching exercise to Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag (L) during a six day-long cricketers training camp in Bangalore. BKS Iyengar, the yoga guru who helped take the ancient Indian spiritual practice to the rest of the world, died on August 20, 2014, aged 95. PHOTO: AFP 

NEW DELHI (AFP) - BKS Iyengar, the yoga guru who helped take the ancient Indian spiritual practice to the rest of the world, died on Wednesday aged 95, his website said.

Iyengar started his yoga school in 1973 in the western city of Pune, developing a unique form of the practice that he said anyone could follow.

He trained hundreds of teachers to disseminate his approach, which uses props such as belts and ropes to help the novice practitioner to achieve the poses.

He wrote many books on yoga, a practice that dates back more than 2,000 years in Asia, but has in recent decades become hugely popular around the world.

 
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