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A Great Soul Passes: BKS Iyengar the Legendary Guru

I am passing along the news that BKS Iyengar a brilliant and beautiful guru has passed, leaving a tremendous legacy for  practitioners of yoga, of all traditions. I had the great fortune to be at a convention in Colorado, when Light on Life was published, where BKS Iyengar taught a few years back, and it was my joy to have a direct encounter with him, and to feel the love in his presence. My surprise was in the welling up of emotion I had not really expected to feel. I had respected, honored and  admired this man, but had not understood or really experienced his majestic and loving presence myself, until that fortunate time. My own expression of this at the time, was in saying, “now I understand why this man is called “Guruji” by so many, and I feel my own kinship with this naming.” I mourn the loss of his earthly presence for a large following of practitioners, and feel a deep gratitude for his teachings which have been so well transmitted by the Senior teachers of the tradition. Here is the letter from the National Association, and I have also included a photograph from the feature length film of this legendary teacher.

 

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Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States

Dear Members of IYNAUS,

You may have already heard the news that Guruji passed at 3:15am in Pune, India August 20, 2014.

In this time of immense sadness it is perhaps comforting for us to contemplate the joy of his great existence. We do ask that respect for his family be observed and that you not try to contact the family. We know that it would be Guruji’s wish for us to continue in our practice of the art of yoga.

Over the next day the IYNAUS Board will connect with Senior Teachers to ensure that news of his passing is appropriately acknowledged in newspapers and other forms of media. We will also continue to provide our membership with updates such as the link to the most recent article from the Times of India, as well as communication from the family with regards to our expressions of condolences and gratitude.

Namaste,
Janet Lilly, President of the IYNAUS Board of Directors
Michael Lucey, Vice President and President Elect

 

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In another posting, I mentioned a forthcoming series of classes this summer that will follow the 6:15 Wednesday night Turtle Haven class, from 8 to 9 pm. In his book Inner Yoga, Sri Anirvan a great yoga teacher of the last century, says “To create an atmosphere conducive to meditation, a few things are necessary. You must make your lifestyle simple and disciplined, so that there is no unneccessary cause for restlessness or dispersion of the mind. You must develop the habit of remaining satisfied with whatever comes to you, so that your mind remains filled with a radiant gladness. You must keep a watchful eye on what happens in your mind when it comes into contact with external objects, so that this awareness of objects may be transformed into an awareness of self. And always you must cultivate a continuous stream of meditativeness, so the mind never never forgets its chosen object of seeking. To these disciplines, one more may be added— control of speech…..

During these Wednesday night explorations of meditation, we will consider our own personal lives, and our alignment, as well as lack of that, in relation to Sri Anirvan’s ideas of what is necessary in “creating an atmosphere conducive to meditation.”  The subjects for each class will follow the theme presented in the passage above:

July 16: Simplifying Lifestyle and Discipline for Practice

July 23: Contentment with Whatever Comes: Acceptance

July 30: Relationship of External Objects/Perceptions with My Own Inner Self

August 6th: Remembering the the Chosen Object of Seeking: Spiritual Life Woven into Daily Life

August 13th: What is the Control of Speech? How Do I Practice?

 

In our time together, we will engage in some discussion, supportive of establishing a practice of meditation, as well as engage with breathing practices useful in bringing a deeper state of inwardness. And of course we will practice sitting meditation with various methods!

$45 for all five classes; otherwise, $12 per individual class

Note: Please inquire if your financial situation is such that a reduced tuition is needed; no one turned away for lack of funds!

Winter Yoga with Elizabeth Kerwin

Winter Yoga with Elizabeth Kerwin

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Yoga For All Weather

I have been having a few challenges with working with my blog! I apologize for any cryptic entries— especially to those who subscribe! I sent a message earlier just to remind students that practice in the current hot conditions is actually wonderful, as we can practice yoga asana in such a way that we both take advantage of the heat, and accommodate our practice so that we can work with ease and comfort in it. I hope to see you in class during this beautiful sunny, warm weather. photo