The passing away of the legendary master hatha yogi B.K.S. Iyengar may be the ending of an era. He brought the light of hath yoga to the West and it came back to reflect in India. He was 95 and his loss is felt throughout the yoga world, regardless of style and school.
With the passing of so many “gurus” in the last decade and the democratization through successful mass yoga, the role of a guru has been greatly diminished–some may say it has been eliminated. Many have been deeply flawed with inappropriate behaviors. Gurus are still important in India and within the global Indian diaspora, especially with regard to the teaching of the scriptures/texts and meditation. How will yoga, particularly hatha yoga, evolve without the gurus who brought it to almost every country, from shore to shore? Perhaps the time has come for a more organic, scientific evolution.