In 1975, Iyengar opened the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, named in memory of his beloved wife. Initially, Iyengar personally conducted all the yoga classes in the very busy schedule and the Institute soon became an internationally renowned center of excellence.
In 2003, Iyengar officially retired from teaching, reflecting that it was time to "let the next generation come through." Today, the Institute continues to thrive. The classes, which are hugely popular and oversubscribed, are taught by his eldest daughter, Geeta, and his son Prashant, as well as by other senior teachers who trained under Iyengar's strict tutelage. Iyengar himself continues to write and teach the Institute's medical class.
Iyengar's achievements are exceptional. He has toured 25 countries, published fourteen books, been bestowed with hundreds of awards, and is widely accredited with popularizing yoga. His artistic yoga performances have elicited epithets such as the "Michelangelo of Yoga." Because of his dedication and commitment to yoga, millions worldwide are experiencing the benefits of the ancient art of yoga.