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The Body Is My Temple, Asanas Are My Prayers

December 14, 2011

Our Guruji turns 93 years old on his birthday on Wednesday! Guruji translates as beloved teacher, but words can hardly express the deep love I have for this man. The following video montage of our Guruji, Yogacharya Sri BKS Iyengar was created as a beautiful dedication to this man.

It was created in honor of his 2005 visit to the United States, when he The Body Is My Temple, Asanas Are My Prayers came to Estes Park, Colorado. The video shows Iyengar’s yoga demonstrations over the years, spanning over five decades of devotion. The video begins quoting Iyengar who says, “The body is my temple, asanas are my prayers”. In 2000, Time Life magazine pegged Iyengar as one of the top 100 most influential people of the century. The latest edition of Oxford Dictionary of English defines “Iyengar” as “a type of Hatha yoga focusing on the correct alignment of the body, making use of straps, wooden blocks, and other objects as aids to achieving correct postures. – ORIGIN named after B.K.S. Iyengar (born 1918), the Indian yoga teacher who devised this method.” He was a victim of malaria, typhoid and tuberculosis in his childhood. At the age of 16, his Guru Sri T. Krishnamacharya introduced him to the physical discipline of yoga. Gradually he mastered the art and science of yoga and took it to a higher level.

Enjoy the video, or join in for 108 sun salutations as a dedication to Guruji!

One Comment leave one →
  1. December 15, 2011 4:57 am

    That is a great video!

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