Photographs by Georg & Julia Pedersen 

Published by Pinter & Martin, 29th October 2020, $47 

Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar (1918-2014) is recognised as one of the most inspiring and influential teachers of yoga and widely credited with popularising yoga across the world. In 1975 he opened the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India where students visited from all over the world to learn from this visionary teacher, practitioner, author and philosopher of yoga.

One of those early students was Julia Pedersen who went to study with the Iyengars in India in 1976. Now, more than 40 years later, Julia has collated unseen photographs taken by her husband Georg at RIMYI during the 1970s in a stunning new book Guruji BKS Iyengar and his institute in the ‘70s.   

This is a fascinating collection of intimate, previously unpublished photographs of Guruji Iyengar practicing and instructing students, combined with personal first-hand accounts from his early students, many of whom have gone on to teach Iyengar yoga to future generations. The book offers a unique and revealing insight into the character, practice and expertise of Guruji Iyengar and his immense contribution to modern yoga, as well as chapters on Geeta and Prashant Iyengar.

Julia & Georg Pedersen 

Julia first went to India to study yoga in 1970 in Chennai. She began studying with the Iyengars in 1976 and has been going continuously ever since. She has taught Iyengar yoga since her first visit and also worked as a chiropractor and acupuncturist for many years. She currently teaches in Sydney at Glebe Iyengar Yoga.

Georg is a Danish cellist who teaches at the Sydney University Conservatorium of Music. He took the majority of the photos for Guruji BKS Iyengar and his institute in the ’70s.