A Giant Falls

Guruji_nov2012"I always tell people, live happily and die majestically." Today B.K.S. Iyengar did just that. He was 95 and died from kidney failure. H was cremated this afternoon, which is custom.

In 2002 The New York Times wrote: "Perhaps no one has done more than Mr. Iyengar to bring yoga to the West," long before yoga became vogue-a  "Long before Christy Turlington was gracing magazine covers, decades before power yoga was a multimillion-dollar business, Mr. Iyengar was teaching Americans, among others, the virtues of asanas and breath control."

I have been privileged to study, learn from, work with, and send patients to some truly gifted yoga teachers over the last 8 years, all of who were steeped in a strong Iyengar ethic. Although I started studying yoga in the mid-eighties and appreciated what it could do, it was these wonderful, fierce and funny Iyengar-oriented teachers who opened my eyes to the true healing and transformative powers of yoga. Namasté to them.

Namasté to you B.K.S. – I hope wherever you are you are singing.