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The True Meaning Of A Yoga Day

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago; the second best time is now. –Old Chinese Proverb
This practice of yoga is to remove the weeds from the body and mind so that the garden can grow. – B K S Iyengar
My Guruji Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar, who was conferred India’s first Padma (Vibhushan) award for contributions made in the field of Yoga, passed away on August 20, 2014, but he is surely here in spirit to see the world embrace this ancient art, science, culture and philosophy.
But what should be the true celebration of a Yoga Day? To understand that we must know that word comes from the Sanskrit root yuj meaning to unite or bind or join. Thus, Yoga aims to conjoin the individual (self) with the universal (force). It is an instrument to sensitise us,and extend our capabilities. In Yoga, what is the instrument? Only what we were born with – the body, mind and breath. Through the different asana and pranayama techniques, we touch these three dimensions within us to enhance our potenti…

Light on Iyengar Yoga

One person has given to yoga what yoga itself gave him years ago: a new life. Today, if people speak of ‘Iyengar’ and ‘Yoga’ in the same breath, it is to acknowledge the inspiring life journey of Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar, better known as B.K.S. Iyengar or, reverentially, Guruji.

Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar’s life story, in a way, is interconnected with the rise and spread of the ethos of Yoga across the world. If many countries now celebrate an International Yoga Day, it is mainly because of the seed of the idea planted by Guruji in a talk he once gave. To him goes the credit of making yoga respected as an art and a science, located within a rich philosophical framework.
In the beginning
But the wide recognition of Iyengar yoga as the global gold standard was preceded by a long and difficult journey for Guruji. When Sundararaja, then 16, started on the path of yoga, the odds were against him. He was a frail child during early years – over time, he had tuberculosis, bronchi…