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BKS Iyengar, one of the most prominent founders of modern yoga practice, has passed away. His 1965 book Light on Yoga (pdf link) sold millions of copies and began the growth of yoga into its current popularity. Namaste, Guruji. posted by dnash (22 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by lalochezia at 6:07 AM on August 20, 2014 [3 favorites]


Thank you BKS, you made the world a brighter place.

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posted by Annika Cicada at 6:38 AM on August 20, 2014 [1 favorite]


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posted by allthinky at 7:01 AM on August 20, 2014


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posted by Renoroc at 7:12 AM on August 20, 2014


could still do the sirsasana - or the headstand - for half an hour until last year.

That is an example.
posted by bukvich at 7:27 AM on August 20, 2014 [1 favorite]


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posted by Cocodrillo at 8:06 AM on August 20, 2014


Iyengar has meant so much to me over the years. Light on Yoga is certainly the most worn book on my shelf, which is saying something. He and his work changed my life profoundly.

Probably my favorite video of him: BKS demonstrates pranayama in an auditorium. (Yes, a single inhalation nearly a minute long.)

Namaste teacher.

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posted by Lutoslawski at 8:15 AM on August 20, 2014 [1 favorite]


namaste
posted by Space Kitty at 8:17 AM on August 20, 2014


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posted by BlahLaLa at 8:34 AM on August 20, 2014


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posted by Meatafoecure at 8:49 AM on August 20, 2014


namaste

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posted by bearwife at 8:52 AM on August 20, 2014


I love Iyengar yoga. I've actually been looking for a place to take classes.

Namaste.
posted by shoesietart at 8:59 AM on August 20, 2014


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posted by supermedusa at 9:10 AM on August 20, 2014


That is an example.

That man changed my life. I don't even do a lot of yoga nowadays but I was fortunate to learn Iyengar Yoga when I was in a not-great place from a very kind and compassionate teacher. It helped get my head straight in a number of positive ways. Afterwards I read a lot about the man and how he had come to his practice and I felt honored to know more about him and his own compassion towards the world. We are lucky to have known his teachings.
posted by jessamyn at 10:51 AM on August 20, 2014 [9 favorites]


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posted by skye.dancer at 11:13 AM on August 20, 2014


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Yoga has been the only exercise that has proven to have any sticking power with me. I'm literally in better shape now at 42 than I was in my late 20s. Iyengar yoga has formed a major part of my practice and his book sits on our coffee table.

Namaste.
posted by arcticseal at 1:02 PM on August 20, 2014


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posted by dubitable at 7:36 AM on August 21, 2014


Iyengar Yoga changed my life about 20 years ago. I will never forget the first class I took, and the incredible visceral feeling of opening on all levels.

Namaste y'all.
posted by tarantula at 7:09 PM on August 21, 2014


Namaste.

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posted by From Bklyn at 3:40 AM on August 22, 2014


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