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Geeta Iyengar (7.12.1944 – 16.12.2018)

Geeta Iyengar Photo Credit: Film still by Jake Clennell (taken from the movie “IYENGAR: the man, yoga, and the student’s journey” 2014)

The following obituary for Geetaji was written by Parvez Irani, the man who handwrites the certificates so beautifully at RIMYI:

Dr. Geeta S Iyengar 7.12.1944 – 16.12.2018

In her father’s light, not shadow!

Dr. Geeta S. Iyengar, daughter of Yogacharya B K S Iyengar, and the seniormost teacher in the Iyengar community passed away today morning. She had completed 74 years on December 7.

Sister to her five siblings but a mother figure to the whole community of Iyengar yoga practitioners which now spans 59 countries across the world, Geetaji lived a simple life which embodied all the principles of being a yogini. She chose to lead a life of brahmacharya (celibacy) and devoted her life to yogic pursuits. (more…)

100 years of The Yoga Institute

Shri Yogendra Ji, Founder, The Yoga Institute. Photo Credit: The Yoga Institute.

It is my satisfaction that instead of passing my life in the jungle, obscure and lonely, by some certain inspiration I have been directed to reveal to the public what I felt is truth about this science.” Shri Yogendra Ji, Founder, The Yoga Institute

With this mission at its core, The Yoga Institute started on its noble mission of spreading Yoga to one and all. Spearheading the “Yoga for the Householder” movement in the world, the Institute helps over a thousand people every day for training, health benefits, and consultations. It also offers Yoga teacher-training courses, wellness workshops and has many published books on Yoga therapy, asanas, pranayama, to its credit. (more…)

Key elements of Raja Yoga : Yama and Niyama

Yamas & Niyamas according to Patanjali. Photo Credit: Coni Hörler

BY SUSHANT PANDEY

Raja yoga is understood as one of the classical branches of the yoga tradition. Literally, the term ‘Raja Yoga’ connotes, the culmination or highest state of yoga. Raja means royal; it is so named because it enables the yogin to reach the illustrious king within oneself, the supreme self or atman. In various texts or scriptures of yoga, this term is used in different context as well. In Hatha Yoga Pradipika; one of the most popular traditional Hatha yoga texts; it is mentioned that ‘the knowledge of Hatha yoga is only for Raja Yoga’. (Verse 2/chapter 1).

The term Raja Yoga used here stands for highest state or culmination of yoga i.e. Samadhi or the state of transcendence. Here most scholars and aspirants get confused that purpose of Hatha Yoga is to prepare one for Patanjali’s Raja Yoga. But here in Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the author (swami Swatmarama) is referring to attaining the state of Samadhi through Hatha yoga. Raja Yoga, therefore, refers to the highest state of yoga practice i.e. practices leading to the state of Samadhi. (more…)

The Yoga Revolution-Taking it to the Next Level

Photo by Coni Hörler

Photo by Coni Hörler

By Roshan Palat

There is a lot of talk in Yoga circles today, of the watering down of Yoga by Yoga teaching institutes in alliance with an American registry of Yoga teachers. Accusations fly through the internet that the American registry has converted Yoga education into a vocational business. (more…)

5 videos to remember BKS Iyengar

Continuing our tribute to BKS Iyengar this week, the yoga.in team has selected a few of our favourite videos of BKS Iyengar as a homage to the great yoga master:

Genius In Action: BKS Iyengar

An excerpt from a film tribute created on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of BKS Iyengar’s first trip to the US narrated by his long-time student Patricia Walden.

 

The Ultimate Freedom Yoga by B.K.S Iyengar

Filmed in black and white in 1976, BKS Iyengar presents a short introduction to yoga followed by the demonstration of asanas.

 

1938 silent film of Krishnamacharya and BKS Iyengar

This 45-minute black and white silent film was filmed in 1938. We see a young BKS Iyengar demonstrating asanas as well as his teacher, Krishnamacharya, and a female disciple.

 

Breath of the Gods trailer 

A 3-minute excerpt of a feature documentary on the origins of modern yoga, featuring BKS Iyengar, Krishnamacharya and Pattabhi Jois, including some rare black and white footage of BKS Iyengar demonstrating asanas in the presence of the Maharajah of Mysore as his guru, Krishnamacharya, watches on.

 

BKS Iyengar demonstrates inhalation and exhalation at a yoga convention:

 

Bonus video: Yoga Yantra

This is a beautiful animation based on film footage of BKS Iyengar in practice, traditional yantras and mandalas, and Indian classical music. You can watch it here.

 

Geeta Iyengar’s words for her father

Geeta Iyengar in Pune

Geeta Iyengar in Pune

Within 12 hours from Guruji’s death at 20th August 3:15 AM Indian Standard Time the last rites and the cremation took place in Pune. We would like to share with you Geetaji’s last words for her father, B.K.S. Iyengar:

“Only his body has ended. One person’s efforts from inside out, changed the acceptance of yoga throughout the world. Nothing was hidden, from the time he began to practice, to his illness and death. Even last night he was telling Abhijata, “I have shown you all these things, now realize them for yourself.” What he has given cannot be encompassed by words. If a disciple is more developed, then that person will understand. What can be said in words, is that he was precious to us.”

Source: Iyengar Yoga Association (US)

Photo: by Coni Hörler

B.K.S. Iyengar (1918-2014)

B.K.S. Iyengar

B.K.S. Iyengar passed away tonight, at the age of 95. It touches all yoginis and yogis in this world and all who have met him personally.

Our friend in Rishikesh, Usha Devi, said once: “Guruji is pure fire”. His fire, his positive energy, could be felt by anyone who interacted with him and lives on now in all the many practitioners around the globe who got inspired by his teachings.

(Photo by Coni Hörler)

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