Teacher who brought yoga to millions dies aged 95

BKS Iyengar, the man credited with popularising yoga around the world, has died in hospital at the age of 95.

BKS Iyengar, 14 December 1918 - 20 August 2014

Iyengar began learning yoga aged 15 in a bid to overcome a series of illnesses he suffered as a child, and within three years he began teaching.

He developed his own style of yoga teaching, initially from his institute in the western Indian city of Pune and eventually spreading to more than 100 Iyengar yoga centres around the world. His book, Light on Yoga, has sold more than three million copies around the world.

BKS Iyengar practicing yoga

Iyengar also counted a number of celebrities among his devotees, including Pakistani cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, writer Aldous Huxley and violinist Yehudi Menuhin.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he would be remembered as "a fine Guru, scholar and a stalwart who brought yoga into the lives of many across the world".