Light on Mr. Iyengar

This beautiful piece was shared by Chanti Mai,

May the light of Iyengar always be in our hearts.

Beloved spiritual teacher and yoga pioneer has passed away this morning at the age of 95. He has a huge impact on yoga in the Western world. For me he was a great inspiration as well and I loved his teachings and classes and I love his books. One of my favorite books and most famous one has become my bible named “Light on Yoga”.

No matter what style of yoga we practice or where, whether it´s Ashtanga, Yin Yoga, Hatha, your yoga has been influenced by B.K.S. Iyengar. Many of his innovations were standard features today: he molded the way we think about alignment and developed anatomically precise terms to convey it; pioneered the use of props as learning tools and taught how to minimize esoteric Hindu trappings without sacrificing the yoga quest for union of body, mind, and soul.

One of his most significant contributions, however, has been the use of yoga as a therapeutic tool. His discoveries have provided evidence of yoga’s power to deal with a host of maladies and the results of his work have raised the credibility of yoga in the scientific and medical communities.

Thank you for giving me this light to my own yoga practice. Prayers and deepest respect. Namaste.

 “I always tell people, live happily and die majestically”

14 Dec. 1918 – 20 Aug. 2014

Bellur Krishnamukar Sundar, Iyengar


Yoga Trade
You might also like...
How Yoga Has Helped Me to Become a Better Man

How can I become a better man? How can I become a better version of myself? Like many, I started to consider yoga. Yes, it’s a form of exercise, and yes, it’s a discipline that can improve your flexibility. Yoga also improved mobility and anatomical awareness. Yoga is something that…

What Does it Mean to Heal?

Heal the mind, body, and soul, yes, we’ve all heard that before. And if you’ve ever experienced heart ache, disease, or depression you know first-hand how impossible and nagging those words can sound. What do these words even mean? Is this a concept? Or could it be a process? There…

Retreat Here Now: Six Destinations The Masses Haven’t Discovered

“One’s destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller Bali and Costa Rica are amazing spots for retreats, but they’re not exactly the world’s best kept secrets. For a destination that will satisfy your wanderlust tendencies and need to heal, consider checking…

Our Thirst for Experiential Travel

The very essence of travel has always been about seeking unique and memorable experiences. However, in recent years, we have become ever so dissatisfied with the same old well-trodden tourist trails. More than ever before, we are actively seeking to expand our horizons and dive deeper beyond the worn pages…

Yoga Trade Membership

Connect with worldwide wellness opportunities and transformative ways to travel, work, live, and learn.