B.K.S. Iyengar ~ October Subject of the Month

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B.K.S Iyengar was born on December 14, 1918. As a child he was a victim of malaria, typhoid and tuberculosis. At the age of 16 he was introduced to yoga Guru Krishnamacharya. At the age of 18 he began to teach as he spoke little English. He was sent to Pune, Maharastra to teach and preach yoga. He no longer had his Guru.

Iyengar was a dedicated and most sincere practitioner. His own practice led him to yoga as a way of life. The use of props such as blocks, straps, ropes; blankets and bolsters assisted him in his own personal practice. With his intellectual and spiritual practices he had masterminded the techniques, which can be used by all practitioners of yoga. “Research based experience” and “experience based research” has helped him in evolving this technique, which is now known as”Iyengar Yoga”. Safety and alignment was first and foremost in his teaching and also recognizing that each individual is different with different needs in their practice. Iyengar yoga integrates the body, mind and emotions. Thus incorporating a full experience of yoga. This is reflected in his teachings throughout the world.

Iyengar’s teachings were first published in 1966, “Light on Yoga”, this book has always been a recommended read in Yogasphere’s teacher training. He is an author of 14 other books.

Mr. Iyengar passed away August 20, 2014.

Thank you for your Light…

 

“Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.”

“It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence.”

“You must purge yourself before finding faults in others.

When you see a mistake in somebody else, try to find if you are making the same mistake.

This is the way to take judgment and to turn it into improvement.

Do not look at others’ bodies with envy or with superiority.

All people are born with different constitutions.

Never compare with others.

Each one’s capacities are a function of his or her internal strength.

Know your capacities and continually improve upon them.”

 

B.K.S. Iyengar

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