There are celebrations internationally and there is a T'shirt on sale, where proceeds go to the home town of BKS Iyengar. Follow this link to purchase a T'shirt and read more about the work being done in Bellur.
No single person has shaped twenty-first-century global yoga more than B.K.S. Iyengar, whose eight decades of assiduous daily practice, writing, and teaching brought yoga to millions. Iyengar’s yoga has sometimes been criticized for being “just about the body,” in contrast to forms that are less embodied and thus more “spiritual.” But Iyengar was deeply concerned with yoga’s spiritual aspects. For him, the best way to access the spirit was through proper attention to the alignment of the body in asanas. The bodies innate, though often dormant intelligence functions to check the tendencies of the mind to be in its imagination, delusions, fears and desires.
For ordinary folk like most of us, it is almost impossible to know how to make sense of a life of such dedication. It is almost beyond what we can imagine based on our own experiences. It helps to know that the Iyengar family followed a philosophy which declares there exists an Ultimate Reality, which is, in itself the source of all things. Hence BKS Iyengar's life of devotional practice is an expression of reverence for the ‘in-dweller’ and thus his saying, "The body is the temple and the asana are my prayers".
The generation of people who would encounter BKS Iyengar in the 1970’s were the children of people who had survived two world wars. They were people in the grip of confusion about the Vietnam war. Their questions and struggle to find meaning in their existence made them an audience ready and willing to embrace Iyengar's method. They were an audience desperate for an authentic and meaningful life. They were easily drawn to a practice of total presence/focused attention which would locate them in the moment - a moment within which, their actions could hold purpose, relevance and where conscience could be weighed.
By 1919 the flu pandemic was responsible for 16,000,000 Indian deaths. BKS Iyengar, born in 1918, survived the pandemic flu, though as a child was a victim of malaria, typhoid and tuberculosis. Sometimes he would have more than one of these ailments to contend with. It is within this context that Iyengar’s drive and passion to advocate the health benefits of yoga seem natural and that his method of working with alignment and precision of the body can be understood. He would specificially reference the nervous system as 'manomaya kosha' or the mental/emotional body which he used as the path or bridge to link the finite to the infinite (the body to eternal wisdom). It is in this context that his use of props to support ailing/weak bodies or ageing bodies, to stay longer in poses for the organic benefits, can be seen as a profound science as well as an art.
As well as being the year BKS Iyengar was born, 1918 was also the year the first world war ended. During Iyengar’s early 20’s the second world war raged. At that time of his birth, the fight for Indian independence had been going for 60 years and he was 30 when Independence was won. Humanity’s inclinations toward suffering and freedom must have been ever apparent for BKS Iyengar. This man lived his life to ensure Yoga was available as a path of freedom for all, not just the rich, the elite, the well or a select few in his town or village.
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Saturday 1 December : General community events (print out a flyer here)
|9.30-11.00am||Free class for Adults - Memorial Hall, Pialba||bookings closed|
|1.00 - 2.00pm||Free class combined adults/teens/children - Memorial Hall Pialba||Bookings closed|
Sunday 2 December :Students of The Hervey Bay School of Yoga (print out a flyer)
|4.30 - 5.15am||Sunrise meditation Scarness beach. Get onto the beach at the stairs across from Harcourts Real Estate which is along the Esplanade past the stage down from Enzos.||Bookings closed|
|9.30-11.00am||Led practice at The Hervey Bay School of Yoga||Register me|
|11.00-12.00||Shared lunch. Each person to bring vegetarian food to share.||Register me|
|12.00- 1.00||Slide show and presentation. (History of the Australian Iyengar Yoga Association)||Register me|
Yoga provides a context in which teens, living in a sea of peer pressure, performance stress and emotional change, learn restraint and self reflective awareness. This course for teenagers aged between 12 and 15 years of age, will both challenge and nourish them.
Facing the Gestapo at his door, the man spoke with confidence and authority, “No Jews here”. The man was of course lying. A family of Jews had been living in the basement for many months. An exploration of why internal clarity and inner authority is necessary to navigate life.
Due to poor balance I had never consider yoga was for me as the images most often seen in posters and magazines show perfect bodies with amazing balance. October 2014 a few weeks before my 71st birthday I walked into my first yoga class. I have been asked “is it worth all the effort at your age?" My answer is “YES” yoga is even more important as we age. Seniors have experienced a life time of stress, raising a family, paying the mortgage, working at our chosen careers as well as balancing a family household. We have all experience grief, loosing grand parents, parents, aunts and uncles now at age 76 I am loosing cousins and life long friends. Our bodies have endured a life time of wear and tear from injuries, poor posture due to sitting and working at desks and repetitive actions such as housework and gardening.Yoga is ideal for all seniors even those with physical limitations, in our classes it can be quite normal to have several variations of a pose to suit individual needs. Learning to work with your body not against it is the same challenge regardless of age. Nursing several old injuries I do not want to add to them, I am very grateful to have well qualified teachers who are attentive to my needs and dedicated to keeping all students safe whilst practising. Yoga is not a quick fix for all ailments, I still experience some back and ankle discomfort but now rarely need to take pain medication. Today I am sleeping more soundly but occasionally still have a restless night. My time management has improved although at times I still talk to myself and loose focus. The big difference is I feel I am in control of my afflictions they are not controlling me. I am coping better and with my regular yoga practise I hope to prevent my health concerns from becoming chronic. Hopefully I can reach savasana with less suffering and with more dignity than my mother. Joan