We at DK India are deeply saddened by the news of Shri B.K.S. Iyengar passing away earlier today. One of the world’s leading teachers of yoga for over 70 years and internationally recognized as the pioneering authority on a form of hatha yoga called Iyengar yoga, he died at the age of 96 due to ailing health.
DK has been closely associated with Guruji for over a decade now, with the first edition of the widely popular “B.K.S Iyengar Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health” published in 2001. Following the book’s huge success, a revised edition was published in 2008.
In 2014, DK collaborated with Iyengar for another revised edition of the book to commemorate his 95th birthday. This latest edition of “B.K.S Iyengar Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health” is an inspirational, contemporary celebration of Iyengar’s life and work. While working on this latest edition, DK had the opportunity of interviewing Iyengar at his Institute in Pune, with a rare glimpse into his daily life and interactions with family, disciples, and students. Almost like a personal audience with the man himself, the book uses a combination of personal anecdotes and memories to inspire readers who could be students of yoga, or are aspiring to learn the form. A key aspect of this book is the introduction and explanation of props that has helped Iyengar yoga become more accessible to people of different ages and abilities. The book charts the growth and expansion of Iyengar Yoga as the Guru’s teachings spread across the world with over 3,800 certified teachers across over 40 countries, from the US and the UK, to Italy, Spain, Germany and now China.
Aparna Sharma, MD of DK India, says:
“I was lucky enough to meet Guruji during the making of Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health, and will forever cherish the opportunity to have met and interacted with such a wonderfully generous and inspiring human being.’’
Guruji’s message: Yoga is eternal. It is evergreen and timeless. It is the answer to the infinite stresses modern-day life brings us. Yoga brings balance to our lives, calms the restless mind, and brings us to a point of complete quiet. It is then that we discover our true self. In one word, yoga is the golden key for golden health. But health is not just physical fitness. There are seven stages of health: physical, physiological, mental, intellectual, conscious, conscientious, and divine health. When all the seven stages of health are in harmony in a person, then, I say he is a worthy human being.
Note: This update is published a little late due to some unavoidable conditions at blogger’s side. Inconvenience is regretted.