26 Aug 14

B.K.S. Iyengar

Sadly at the moment there seems to be a lot of culturally significant people dying at the moment and out of all the recent deaths I think this one has really hit home the most. I know it seems odd to lament the death of a public figure who generally wasn’t that well known but I’ve practiced Iyengar yoga for a number of years now with three different teachers.

Yoga has done a lot for me personally I think it makes me a calmer more focused person and it’s improved my own body image. It’s hard not to become more familiar with the limitations of your own body through the poses.

I couldn’t help but wonder how many millions of other people he reached to help them find a more peaceful, joyful and meditative way of life. While any passing is a sad event it’s the legacy that he left behind which will continue to touch the lives of other people daily.

About 6 weeks before his passing word came around from the teaching association that there would no longer be partner work in Iyengar Yoga which was surprising. Partner work was always a big part of classes and I was surprised at the time but reflecting back I can’t help but feel this was a message; that we can all find inner peace through yoga alone.

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