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B.K.S. Iyengar dies at 95; Indian guru helped popularize yoga in West
B.K.S. Iyengar dies at 95; Indian guru helped popularize yoga in West

Before he became one of the West's most influential teachers of yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar was a frail baby in a poor family in India. Born in 1918 during a worldwide flu epidemic, he survived infancy only to struggle with other deadly maladies, including malaria, typhoid and tuberculosis. The illnesses left him a pathetic, bony-chested weakling for whom the future appeared dim. "I was," he quipped later, "an anti-advertisement for yoga." No one, including Iyengar, could have predicted what a difference a few years would make. The once-scrawny youth who was told he would not survive to adulthood began studying yoga at 14 and teaching at 18. He gradually built a...

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