Posted by: eveyoga | December 15, 2011

Light On the Acharya’s Book

Martyn Jackson @ old home of B.K.S. Iyengar

In 1976 I was shown a book by my then yoga teacher that had photos of a man doing such extreme poses that they almost turned me off taking up this method. Indeed, it took me three years to get myself along to a class taught by a senior Iyengar teacher, and then I got hooked for many years.

I’m a very slow learner, and it’s taken me years to get back to reading B.K.S. Iyengar’s ground-breaking tome, Light on Yoga. Now, I’ve picked it up again, and with fresh appreciation.

Imagine writing such a thorough and far-reaching book in the early 60’s? A book that includes:

An introduction which is both pithy and accessible, elucidating the Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pridipika, and The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali.

The body of the book contains technical information on over 200 poses and breathing exercises, accompanied by wonderful stories related to the etymology of the pose names.

Stunning photos showing the great man in all of his flexibility and precision

Two appendices – one of them is a 3- course yoga program that could take one up to six years to complete (if ever!); and the other is a section on what we now call yoga therapy.

One the occasion of Mr. Iyengar’s 93rd birthday, I say, “Bravo!”


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