12 Inspiring Quotes From B.K.S. Iyengar – DoYou
guru, teacher, founder, “guruji”. Whatever praise you notice, Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar is better known as B.K.S. iyengar, and without a doubt he is the most recognized and influential yoga teacher in the world.
born December 14, 1918, iyengar lived to be 95 years old before passing away in august 2014. iyengar founded the style of yoga known as iyengar yoga that now benefits millions of yogis around the world.
“my body is my temple and asanas are my prayers” b.k.s. iyengar
at the age of 80 iyengar had an interview with bbc where he answered questions, nothing unusual except iyengar spoke while upside down. He said that this position was as normal for him as it was for others to stand.
This is just one of the ways iyengar stands out: by his dedication and unwavering devotion to the practice of yoga and teaching others to use yoga in their lives. iyengar said “my body is my temple and asanas are my prayers” and lived by these words. he remained in supreme physical condition to the end, although his early years were plagued by health problems.
b.k.s. iyengar was born in karnataka, south india, into a family of 13 children, 10 of whom were living. Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, his brother-in-law, introduced Iyengar to yoga through the yoga school he ran. iyengar was not successful at first, and it was only in 1952 when iyengar met yehudi menuhin that he became internationally known.
menuhin suffered from insomnia and iyengar taught him an asana that caused him to fall asleep and wake up so refreshed that he spent several hours with the yoga teacher and later came to believe that yoga helped him play the violin. iyengar made numerous visits to the west, where his yoga system was adopted by schools and centers.
iyengar is specifically related to the idea of yoga as a spiritual activity and discipline which he described as “the soul’s search for the spark of divinity within us.” in each movement, students must be spiritually aware, since yoga is more than a system of aerobic or flexibility exercises.
of course, there are many types of yoga teachers you can learn from. If you want to try a variety of yoga poses (not just Iyengar), you can sign up for this free 30-day yoga challenge. it’s the best way to discover sensations in the body and find out what style of yoga will work for you.
Here we celebrate the yoga teacher with 12 quotes and images to inspire and instruct.
“yoga teaches us to cure what cannot be endured and to endure what cannot be cured”. b.k.s. iyengar
“action is movement with intelligence. the world is full of movement. what the world needs is more conscious movement, more action.” b.k.s. iyengar
“Yoga is like music. the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” b.k.s. iyengar
“yoga not only changes the way we see things, but also transforms the person who sees them”. b.k.s. iyengar
“it is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self and intelligence”. b.k.s. iyengar
“the breath is the king of the mind”. b.k.s. iyengar
“yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not even know existed”. b.k.s. iyengar
“yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you don’t feel like you’re constantly trying to put the broken pieces together”. b.k.s. iyengar
“Yoga is a light that, once lit, will never go out. the better your practice, the brighter the flame.” b.k.s. iyengar
“there is no difference in souls, only the ideas we carry about ourselves”. b.k.s. iyengar
“be inspired but not proud”. b.k.s. iyengar
“a diamond’s hardness is part of its usefulness, but its true value is in the light that shines through it”. b.k.s. iyengar
iyengar had a reputation for being a stern teacher who expected his students to strike a perfect balance. however, he was also patient and a dedicated instructor to students who had trouble with the poses. Despite his worldwide fame, he lived a simple life and was an inspiration to yogis around the world.
image credit: the guardian