Δευτέρα, 14 Δεκεμβρίου 2015

Honoring BKS Iyengar

Today google decided to honour the 100th birthday of one of the pioneers of what modern yoga is, BKS Iyengar.

 BKS Iyengar was an ashtonishing yoga teacher, a guru of modern yoga tradition, a true sage, as well as the author of the book that is considered to be the Bible of modern yoga, "Light on Yoga". Iyengar Yoga is still taught in many modern studios, and is the prefered practice of many contemporary yogis.

Of course, like any other apprentice, I consider it of vital importance to delve into the teachings of this exceptional man. Light On Yoga is an essential reading for whoever is serious about Yoga, in that it is an easy but profound and thorough read. Iyengar shares the basic of ancient yogic wisdom and tradition, and most importantly, he proposes a week-by-week practice plan, guiding the reader in their journey from a total beginner to an advanced practitioner.

As loath as I am to admit it, this gem only recently came in my possession, not only because I practically am a beginner, but also because, like many westerners, I discovered yoga as a physical practice and did asana for physical purposes. But, as they say, yoga changes ad shapes the practitioner in unimagined ways, so I gradually became more interested in what the core of modern yoga philosophy really is.

So, if you are a yogi in their first steps, an enthusiast that, however, indulges only in the physical benefits of yoga without delving deeper, or just a practitioner that thinks their studio practice is enough, add this magnificent work in your christmas whish list, or -why not?- buy yourself a copy of Light on Yoga as a gift.

I, as a yogi whose only refuge is my home practice, find it an absolute essential.


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