Tribute to Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar
Bellur Krishnamachar Sundara Raja Iyengar was one of the most famous and important contemporary yoga teachers in the world. Yo him goes much of the credit for spreading yoga in the West.
He was born on 14 December 1918 in Bellur, in southern India, in a very poor family. His parents belonged to the Bramihni caste, his father was a teacher. Eleventh of thirteen children, he was suffering from very poor health, suffering from malaria, typhus and tuberculosis. It was his state of health in 1934 that prompted his brother-in-law, the very famous Professor T. Krishnamacharya, defined as “the father of modern yoga” to call him to start practicing yoga under his direction and take care of his health. In 1937 at the age of 17, at the request of Krisnamacharya, she began teaching groups of women and a year later, without speaking English well and still in poor health, she moved to Pune to teach at the famous Deccan Gymkhana Club. In 1952 for B.K.S. Iyengar his way to the West was opened through the meeting with the famous violinist Yehudi Menuhin, who was fascinated by the strength of his teaching and his charismatic personality, became his friend and took him to teach in London, Geneva, Paris.
In 1943, at the age of 25, Guruji married Smt. Ramamani with whom he had six children. His wife died in 1973, the Pune school was built in her honor. B.K.S. Iyengar, at the age of 90, continued to practice asanas for 3 hours and pranayama for one hour a day. He died on August 22, 2014 at the age of 93.
Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar:
Uniting Through Yoga
A tribute documentary put together from 100+ hours of crowdsourced material sent by more than 500 participants from 20 countries in 10 languages, this 75 minute documentary takes you on an emotional journey encompassing the yogic practice and personal life of one of the greatest yoga masters to have ever lived.
Directed and Edited by: Vishaal Desai
TIBETAN YOGA LU JONG
By Sara Siviero
Referred to as Tibetan healing yoga, Lu Jong acts simultaneously on a physical, energetic and mental level. In Tibetan Lu means “body” and Jong “transformation” or also “training”. Through practice one works on the subtle channels of the body and, at the same time, develops a deep awareness. In recent years, various centers have spread to the West where it is possible to learn this ancient and beneficial form of yoga. This diffusion is due to the Tibetan diaspora, forced to flee from Tibet where certain practices, not just religious, cannot be freely implemented. The West is increasingly open and interested in the numerous Tibetan traditions.
Lu Jong is actually a recent practice, based on ancient Tibetan teachings, then reworked and made more contemporary by Tulku Lobsang. At a very young age he studied with various Tibetan masters and learned the knowledge of Tibetan yoga linked to the various lineages. Later, he systematized them, thus developing a clear and accessible method even to those Westerners not accustomed to yoga. Lu Jong can therefore be practiced at any age, as it involves gentle, not complex body movements