Thursday, August 28, 2014

"Live happily and die majestically" B.K.S. Iyengar died at the age of 95

B.K.S. Iyengar
December 14, 1918 - August 20, 2014
B.K.S. Iyengar passed away last week, on August 20, 2014 at the age of 95.  He had heart failure which led to kidney failure -- basically an age-related death.   He lived an exemplary life and his teaching on the art, science, and philosophy of yoga has inspired hundreds of thousands if not millions of people over the years.

Yes, I know that this post is late, and out of sequence with the previous post that talked about the country-wide commemorative practice that was held this past Tuesday.

But instead of writing about BKS Iyengar and his life and death, I've been reading.   Since his death, there have been many excellent articles, obituaries, and reminiscences about him.   Here are a few that I especially appreciated.

B.K.S. Iyengar: An incredible body of work from The Times of India.  Includes his life history and why he started teaching yoga in the way he did.

The Light of Yoga on a Huffington Post blog.  It includes a short segment on Ann Arbor's place in the history of Iyengar Yoga in the United States:
"His American impact began in 1973, when a musician named Mary Palmer, who had studied with the yoga master in India at Menuhin's suggestion, arranged for him to teach at the Ann Arbor, Michigan, YMCA."
B.K.S. Iyengar, Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West, Dies at 95 from the New York Times.

B.K.S. Iyengar Obituary The Guardian

Yoga Guru B.K.S. Iyengar Dies in India Wall Street Journal

The Global Legacy of Yoga's Master Teacher  Listen to On Point, NPR.  Includes as guests, author and journalist Elizabeth Kadetsky, Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher John Schumacher, and professor of Sanskrit Frederick Smith.

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