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...
Even today, I remember the day I stepped into Iyengar Yoga Centre ' Yogakshema' and met Nivedita Madam. I was highly impressed by her devotion towards yoga and intensity of attentiveness in caring newcomers, like me. Ten months ago, I literally dragged myself into my first yoga session, depleted, having lot of health issues and pain.
But practicing just for four months,I felt complete relief from my eight year old cervical pain, and within six months, two and half years old borderline Diabetes was under control.