MUMBAI: The late yoga guru, BKS Iyengar, used to come to Mumbai every weekend to teach yoga and some tough love.
On International Yoga Day, students of the late BKS Iyengar will spread out their mats on Marine Drive to demonstrate 'asanas' perfected by their guru, who passed away last year.
"Iyengar Yoga is now practised across the world for the physical and emotional wellbeing that it provides," said Rajvi Mehta, a senior teacher at the Light on Yoga Research Trust. The work done by gurus like Iyengar has created awareness about yoga so much that 192 nations will celebrate the UN-led International Day on June 21.
On Sunday, Iyengar Yogashraya and the Nehru Science Centre will organize an event to explain the unique aspects of yoga to the public at the NSCI stadium in Worli from 5-7pm. Participants can get an overview of the Iyengar style of yoga at the venue if they register by sending their details on firstname.lastname@example.org.
As for controversies around 'surya namaskar' and opposition from religious groups to the NDA government's Common Yoga Protocol, senior practitioners like Birjoo Mehta and Firoza Razvi said that a similar situation had occurred in the 1960s when Iyengar yoga became popular in UK.
"Eventually the opposition of religious groups faded away and Iyengar style was included in school curriculum as its health benefits became apparent," said Mehta. "There is no religion in yoga. Controversies are created by those who don't have a clear perception of yoga," he added.