"The planet has lost an important teacher with B.K.S. Iyengar's passing. Directly and indirectly I have been a student of Mr. Iyengar for nearly 30 years. His teaching has powerfully influenced not only me but those with whom I have been able to share the practice through my own teaching. Although I never claim to be formally and properly trained in his direct approach to the practice, I always share with the students I teach the immense and profound impact he as my teacher has had on my experience and development as yogi and as a human being. I am grateful to have known him and will continue to learn from him throughout my life. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Baptiste community are with his global family today."