one year anniversary

of B.K.S. Iyengar (or Guruji, as he has been affectionately called by his students)'s death at age 95 last year. Yesterday evening's class, in his memory, close to the time of his passing, we chanted the Guru Strotram together.  We will continue that at the beginning of tonight's and Saturday's classes.  All classes are working on versions and stages of Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana (the yogi's prostration) this week. Whether you can make it to class this week or not, I hope you will take some time for practice and quiet reflection on his life. I am remembering those summer months when he was nearby practicing in the Institute just feet away: his bushy eyebrows over sparkling eyes, joyful smiles of pure delight, his enduring masterful poses and awe inspiring practices, and pranams, his weathered feet. 

As students of B.K.S. Iyengar, or as students of his students, we are part of a yoga parampara (lineage/tradition.)  On the day before he died, speaking to his granddaughter, Abhijata, Mr. Iyengar said, "I have shown you all these things, now realize them for yourself." 

"The goal is near for those who are supremely vigorous and intense in practice." (Y.S. I.21)

 May we be continually uplifted and led by his sadhana (long and enduring practice).