BKS Iyengar was born in 1918 in Karnataka, India. He was born a sickly child with little hope of survival. His brother-in-law, the renowned Yogacharya T Krishnamacharya, first introduced him to yoga asanas at the age of 15 years to improve his health. Within a few years, in 1937, his Guru instructed him to settle down in Pune where there was a requirement for a yoga teacher in the Deccan Gymkhana.
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Nivedita Joshi was born and educated in Allahabad. Still in her teens she was stricken by slip disc-cervical spondylosis rendering her virtually bedridden and an invalid for eight long and painful years. Nivedita lost the ability to move her hands and legs. She lost all hope in life – as every effort to cure her met with failure till destiny led her to Yogacharya BKS Iyengar and his Yoga Institute in Pune.
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"I had been suffering from a few minor ailments which were causing me a bit of discomfort. As a rule,I am not a person who takes medicines very easily. In fact I have a great aversion to popping pills. It was then that my wife suggested that I meet Nivedita Joshi, as she was going to her for her slipped discs and had felt a remarkable improvement...
"It all began with an ordinary chest x-ray eight years ago, when I came to know of my medical condition- Scoliosis. In utter daze, my anxiety stricken parents ushered me around from one doctor to the other. After many more tests, consultations with doctors, and education on Internet websites, we came to understand it as “a musculoskeletal disorder due to which the spine curves in abnormal ways”
"Yoga has amazed me for today I can attend the regular class and go at the same pace as everyone else, do the asana’s that I had once needed support for without support, be in control of my body, and utilize my mind for my body. Best of all, there is so much to learn that the excitement would continue alongside the practice...."