Communal Remembrance – Tuesday, Aug 26 7:30pm CDT


BKS Iyengar December 14, 1918 to August 20, 2014

Dear yoga practitioners everywhere,

We invite you to a moment of communal dedication to the memory of Guruji B. K. S. Iyengar for all IYNAUS members and any others who would like to join us.

We know that many of you have already been attending or planning commemorative gatherings, but we have also heard from members that they would like for there to be an event that brings us together as practitioners across the continent.

We suggest that on next Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at 8:30 pm EDT (7:30 pm Central, 6:30 p.m Mountain, 5:30 p.m. Pacific) as many of us as possible, in our own practice spaces or at our yoga schools and institutes, practice the following sequence of asanas (except for Tadasana, we leave the timings to your best judgment):

Tadasana – 3 minutes (mountain pose)
Uttanasana (forward bend)
Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward-facing dog)
Utthita Trikonasana to the right and to the left (triangle pose)
Adho Mukha Svanasana
Tadasana – 3 minutes

5 minutes seated quietly

We ask that you hold Guruji in your hearts as you do this.

Whether or not a gathering is possible, please, wherever you are, consider joining with us and other practitioners next Tuesday in this collective expression of gratitude to B.K.S Iyengar for what he brought to our lives and the lives of others. As Geetaji said yesterday, “Like rain, he touched all of us equally.”

May we call your attention to something Guruji said about Tadasana? It is from a remembrance by the cricket player Sachin Tendulkar:
“It is essential to master the art of standing correctly. One thousand things that apply to Tadasana apply to every other pose. See how much your intelligence has to peep in, has to go in, even to understand tadasana? When truly in tadasana, one feels light in body and the mind acquires agility.”

In loving memory of Guruji,

Janet Lilly, President of the IYNAUS Board of DirectorsMichael Lucey, Vice President and President Elect