B.K.S. Iyengar – Death Touches US All
B.K.S. Iyengar’s death leaves us with one less person who teaches true yoga
The yoga guru credited for introducing the Western world to yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar, passed away from heart failure on Wednesday. He was 95 years old. B.K.S. Inyegar death reminds us of the preciousness of those true leaders who walk among us.
When he was a child, Inyegar had suffered from Tuberculosis, Malaria, and Typhoid. He turned to yoga in his preteens and credits the practice for “saving his life.”
Mr. Iyengar’s practice is characterized by long asanas, or postures, that require extraordinary will and discipline. According to the New York Times, a reporter who watched daily practice in 2002, when Mr. Iyengar was 83, said that he held one headstand for six minutes, swiveling his legs to the right and the left, and that when he finished, “his shoulder-length hair was awry, he seemed physically depleted,” but he wore the smile of a gleeful child.
Among his devotees were the novelist Aldous Huxley, the pop star Madonna, and the designer Donna Karan, as well as a who’s who of prominent Indian figures.
Patricia Walden, a longtime student of Mr. Iyengar’s, said in an interview in 2000. “Iyengar was, like, ‘Stand on your feet. Feel your feet.’ He was so practical. His famous quote was, ‘How can you know God if you don’t know your big toe?’ ”
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