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Remembering Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar on his 5th punyatithi : 14th Dec 1918 - 20th Aug 2014 "The popularity of yoga and my part in spreading its teachings are a great source of satisfaction to me," Guruji says. "But I do not want its widespread popularity to eclipse the depth of what it has to give to the practitioner." He shares his understanding of what constitutes the full yogic journey in Light on Life.
Rather than present the yoga postures as he did in Light on Yoga, Guruji reveals in Light on Life the "heart of yoga" that he personally discovered through more than 70 years of disciplined, daily practice. He explores the yogic goal of integrating the different aspects of our existence (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual), the role that yoga postures and breathing techniques play in our search for wholeness, the external and internal obstacles that keep us from progressing along the path, and the precise ways that yoga can transform our lives and help us live in harmony with the world around us. In the following excerpt from Light on Yoga, Guruji explains why asana practice is important on the yogic journey, but is not the end goal.
The purpose or goal of asana is to align and harmonize the physical body and all the layers, or sheaths, of the subtle emotional, mental, and spiritual body. This is integration. But how does one align these layers and experience integration? How does one find such profound transformation in what from the outside may look simply like stretching or twisting the body into unusual positions? It begins with awareness.
We think of intelligence and perception as taking place exclusively in our brains, but yoga teaches us that awareness and intelligence must permeate the body. Each part of the body literally has to be engulfed by the intelligence. We must create a marriage between the awareness of the body and that of the mind.
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