B.K.S. Iyengar on yoga as modern science, psychology, philosophy and exercise for health and equanimty: physically, mentally, and spirtually.
B.K.S. Iyengar and Yoga Mind and Body
This article discusses the yoga guru, who has most influenced my yoga teaching: B.K.S. Iyengar.
I learnt Hatha Yoga from his book: “The Light on Yoga” and haven’t looked back since: metaphorically! What I value most is his detailed and clear explanation of the physical and mental qualities of yoga, and unabashed discussion of spirituality.
Although I am not an Iyengar Yoga teacher: for my continuing personal development I always go to an Iyengar teacher. Without meaning to be dismissive of other yoga teachers, Iyengar teachers are the only ones who help me to improve not only my personal yoga practice, but also my teaching. And I say that as someone who has attended many hundreds, if not thousands of hours of yoga teacher training.
He views yoga as modern science, psychology, philosophy and exercise for health and equanimity: physically, mentally, and spiritually without raising any conflict of integrity or values.
B.K.S. Iyengar: His explanation and correlation with Modern Yoga
The words used henceforth are taken from his book: “Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali”.
Iyengar explains modern yoga better than anyone else, or indeed, I am very likely to be capable of doing. So, why reinvent the wheel.
The aim is twofold:
- You’ll understand why he’s such a strong figurehead once you get into his words and ideas
- You’ve access to one of the finest minds and clearest exposition on Patanjali and Modern Yoga
I hope you enjoy Mr Iyengar and gain as much from his teachings as I have.
Johnston Lowry | Founder Yoga Mind and Body
On Yoga: Modern Yoga as Art, Science and Philosophy
Yoga is an art, a science, and a philosophy. It touches the life of man at every level, physical, mental, and spiritual. It is a practical method for making one’s life purposeful, useful and noble.
As honey is sweet
As honey is sweet from any part of the honeycomb, so is yoga. It enables every part of the human system to become attuned to its essence, the conscious seer within. Yoga alone enable the practitioner to perceive and experience the world within and around himself, to touch the divine joy of all creation, and then to share that nectar of divine wealth and happiness with his fellow human beings.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are concise and compact. No word is superfluous. They are compiled in such a a way as to cover all the various facets of life, exploring each in depth. Patanjali shows the uninitiated, the intelligent and the unintelligent, ways of adopting the principles of yoga and adapting its techniques, of plumbing each sutra, so that one may grasp it with integrity, purity and divinity.
Yoga is a friend
Yoga is a friend to those who embrace it sincerely and totally. It lifts its practitioners from the clutches of pain and sorrow, and enables them to live fully, taking a delight in life. The practice of yoga helps the lazy body to become active and vibrant. It transforms the mind, making it harmonious. Yoga helps to keep ones body and mind in tune with the essence, the soul, so that all three are blended into into one.