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Still from Sadhaka: the yoga of BKS Iyengar (image by Jake Clenell, via sadhakafilm.org)

Still from Sadhaka: the yoga of BKS Iyengar (image by Jake Clennell, via sadhakafilm.com)

At 94 years old, BKS Iyengar, one of the forefathers of modern yoga, is still going strong. Sadhaka: the yoga of BKS Iyengar is a documentary in the works that aims to illuminate the life and teachings of the “Lion of Pune,” as he’s known. The film is crowdfunding the cash to cover post-production expenses. With a goal of $60,000 and just two weeks left in the campaign, the film is entering the home stretch. But the producers – senior Iyengar teacher Lindsay Clennell and director Jake Clennell – still need support to make the magic happen.

On the IndieGogo campaign page, Clennell explains the motivation behind the film:

BKS Iyengar is the inspiration. To enjoy and benefit from his teaching directly is an extraordinary experience. Having received months of intensive teaching from him with groups attending the Pune Iyengar Institute (RIMYI) over the years since 1975, I have had a chance to evaluate the long term effects of his approach to yoga practice on myself and others.

My wife, Bobby Clennell, is also a teacher and we have both observed the way yoga has become popular from when we first started in 1969. Many teachers have done good work, but every generation someone comes along who has enormous influence. BKS Iyengar, through his direct teaching, through his teachers, through his books and through his example of focused devotion to yoga practice, has had an enormous influence on the subject. In years to come people will want to know what this man was like. In one way, it’s a film for them.

Support this important project! For a taste of the film, check out the 22-minute trailer below.


  1. Time magazine had judged Guruji BKS Iyengar as one of the 1000 most influential people in the world in 2004. Truly, there is no parallel to the innovation he bought in the form of Iyengar Yoga. Now yoga can be practiced by everybody relatively easily. I have also written on his life as my humble tribute to Guruji.