B.K.S. Iyengar and his wife, Ramamani, had six children: five daughters and one son. Their eldest daughter Dr. Geeta S. Iyengar (1944-2018), began learning yoga as a child by observing her father. She taught at RIMYI and around the world starting in 1962 and was the author of several books, including “Yoga: A Gem for Women,” a work pioneering work about yoga for every stage of a woman’s life.
Their son, Sri Prashant Iyengar, has taught daily classes at RIMYI, written extensively about yoga philosophy and the ancient texts, and made numerous audio recordings on the yoga sutras. He is the director of RIMYI.
Abhijata Iyengar began to seriously study yoga at age 16 under her maternal grandfather’s direct guidance, B.K.S. Iyengar; her aunt, Dr. Geeta S. Iyengar; and uncle, Sri Prashant Iyengar. She is a senior teacher at RIMYI.
Like her older sister Geeta, Sunita Iyengar had a lifelong practice with her father, enabling her to create sequences focused on enriching and deepening yoga practice.
From RIMYI, the Iyengar family oversees the rigorous curriculum and assessment procedures standardized throughout the world for Iyengar Yoga teachers’ certification. There are thousands of Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYTs) continuing B.K.S. Iyengar’s legacy, including more than 1,100 in the United States.