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Yogacharya B K S Iyengar admitted to hospital

Doctors said he was stable and conscious and was being treated for breathlessness and low blood pressure.

Yogacharya B K S Iyengar, 96, was admitted to the critical care unit of a private hospital on Tuesday afternoon after he complained of breathlessness.

Doctors said he was stable and conscious and was being treated for breathlessness and low blood pressure. Echocardiography and other blood tests would be conducted as part of the check up, they added.

Iyengar’s eldest daughter Geeta and son Prashant accompanied Iyengar while family physician Dr Manoj Naik was present at the hospital.

Bellur Krishnamachari Sundararaja Iyengar, the founder of Iyengar Yoga, is considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world and was selected for the Padma Vibhushan, the highest civilian award.

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According to sources, he had gone to Delhi in April for the award ceremony after which he spent a month at his native place in Bellur.

He returned to Pune in June and was unwell. He was treated at home by the family physician. Iyengar continued to attend classes but had grown weak in the last ten days, and was taking less food. On Tuesday, the family decided to take Iyengar to a private hospital. Presently he is stable and under observation, family members said.

First published on: 13-08-2014 at 01:58:33 am
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