One of the fathers of modern yoga, Mr. B.K.S. Iyengar passed away yesterday in the town of Pune, India. For many, I realize that his passing may not be a big deal – but the effects of his practice on the western world were, are, and will continue to be far reaching as his theory on living, self-realization, and the asana (physical pose) practice of yoga will continue to live on and evolve.
When we consider how many people practice yoga daily, and the effects that the practice has on the individual practictioner – we begin to realize that Mr. Iyengar helped start a worldwide movement nearly 70 years ago (along with his teacher Mr. Krishnamacharya).
School teachers/educators, civil workers, corporate leaders, sales reps, military members, law enforcement, marketers, etc. – millions of people practice yoga everyday – and the effects of their practice change the dynamics of their immediate environment and often times their decision making as well. There is a huge difference between making a decision from a space of being centered versus a space of non-centered. Centered decision making is mindful, non-centered decision making is irrational. The lessons that come from the individual practice are often times applied into the practitioners lives – therefore affecting their attitude on how they interact with the world. Yoga surrounds us all – yoga means union.
It is the teachings, lessons, and knowledge of this man and his lineage of instruction that continue to be present in the movement and actions of millions of lives. It is my hope and desire to help carry that instruction on. It is an honor to have mentors and teachers that trained with Mr. Iyengar to have that knowledge passed along to me.
Om, shanti, shanti, shanti…Namaste!
“Yoga, is an ancient but perfect science, it deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self realization. Yoga means union – the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day to day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.