B.K.S. Iyengar                                 

ancient roots

Modern Lineage

invocation to

Sage Patanjali

Let us bow before the noblest of sages Patanjali, who gave yoga for serenity and sanctity of mind, grammar for clarity and purity of speech and medicine for perfection of health.  Let us prostrate before Patanjali, an incarnation of Adisesa, whose upper body has a human form, whose arms hold a conch and a disc, and who is crowned by a thousand-headed cobra.

Yogena cittasya padena vacam                   

malam  sarirasya ca vaidyakena

yopakarottam  pravaram muninam

patanjalim  pranajaliranato'smi

abahu purusakaram  

sankha cakrasi dharinam

sahasra sirasam  svetam

pranamami patanjalim.

Iyengar Yoga (IY) is classical yoga made current.  It rests on satya (truth saying), asteya (non-stealing), bramacharya (moderation), aparigraha (non-attachment) and ahimsa (nonviolence) universal truths. 

Ancient yogins demarcated the means to avoid troubles in life - estimable thought, speech and conduct. This effort is called Karma yoga.

Yoga makes the body healthy, resilient, strong and statuesque, improves mental outlook and undoes/prevents stress ‘the great disease maker.’

Precision bring freedom (moksha). ‘Postures diluted by misalignment and sloppiness lose their strength, shape, form & benefits. ~BKS Iyengar

Humility is a whetting stone to correct character flaws, mental perturbations and physical limitations.

Methodological yoga practices including hypothetical experiment and observation formed the cornerstone of allopathic medicine. 

Yoga medicine is systematic, natural, noninvasive, safe and effective.  Benefits compound with efficacy.

B.K.S. Iyengar, one of the 100 most influential heroes of the 20th C (Time Mag, 2003) made yoga accessible worldwide via literary works, well-trained teachers and inventions /equipment.  Love of a teacher who has attained enlightenment (Raja Yoga), is Bhakti Yoga.

In Light on Yoga (LOY): BKS elucidated the 8-facets of practice: 1. yamas/conduct; 2. niyamas/self-care; 3. asana/mobilizations; 4. pranayama/breath regulation; 5. pratyahara, withdrawal of senses; 6. dharyana, selective attention; 7. dhyana, transcendence; and  8. samadhi, oneness.  Jnana Yoga is devoted study of Yoga.

Appendix I of LOY, gives sequences timings and instructions for standing, inverted and floor asanas, backbends and forward bends that can dynamically transform any person’s body, energy and well being who practices ardently.

His experimental proofs, his body the lab, elaborated therapeutic methods that rehabilitate chronic ailments.  Hundreds of thousands worldwide have benefitted. 

Iyengar was a living example of what anyone can do in a lifetime by devotion to right path that leads to peace, harmony and happiness.