Indian Yoga guru dies at 95

Indian yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar, who helped popularize yoga around the world and authored many books, died on Wednesday at the age of 95. Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (BKS) Iyengar’s death was reported on his website as well as all major Indian TV stations, which said he had been hospitalized over the past week in the city of Pune.

Iyengar created his own type of yoga, called “Iyengar yoga,” and established studios in 72 countries where practitioners are taught ways to improve breathing, concentration, and meditation. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2004.

In a message, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described him as “a fine guru, scholar and a stalwart who brought yoga into the lives of many across the world.”

President of India Pranab Mukherjee said that, “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.”