Core of the Yoga Sutras: The Definitive Guide to the Philosophy of Yoga – B.K.S. Iyengar [ 14 Dec 1918 – 20 Aug 2014 ]

The latest work from B.K.S. Iyengar, the world’s most respected yoga teacher.

Foreword from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

B.K.S. Iyengar has devoted his life to the practice and study of yoga. It was B.K.S. Iyengar’s unique teaching style, bringing precision and clarity to the practice, as well as a mindset of ‘yoga for all’, which has made it into a worldwide phenomenon.

His seminal book, ‘Light on Yoga’, is widely called ‘the bible of yoga’ and has served as the source book for generations of yoga students around the world. In ‘Core of the Yoga Sutras’, he applies this same clarity to the philosophical core of yoga–the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are 196 aphorisms forming the foundational text of yoga philosophy. Each sutra is short and to the point – each being only a line or two long. B.K.S. Iyengar has translated each one, providing an insightful commentary and explanation for modern readers, as well as linking the various themes throughout the sutras to one another.

Each sutra is presented as Sanskrit text, transliteration and English translation, followed by B.K.S. Iyengar’s unique commentary and authority only he can bring to the work.

B.K.S. Iyengar’s insight on the sutras show the reader how we can transform ourselves through the practice of yoga, gradually developing the mind, body and emotions, so we can become spiritually evolved. This is a wonderful introduction to the spiritual philosophy that is the foundation of yoga practice.

B.K.S. Iyengar ( 14 Dec 1918 – 20 Aug 2014 ) was born in India in 1918 and had been teaching yoga since of the age of 17. He had been one of the world’s leading teachers of yoga for over 70 years and was internationally recognized as a leading authority of hatha yoga. His own style of teaching, “Iyengar Yoga”, was followed by certified teachers across the world. Iyengar was the first person to teach yoga to large groups of students; he laid great emphasis on precision and alignment, a style that is faithfully followed by his students. He was also the only person to teach the highest aspects of yoga – Atma Darshan – through asanas. Through his work, Iyengar had established the relevance of yoga to the treatment and cure of many illnesses, and had received a Doctorate from the United Nations Charter for Peace. At the age of 90, Iyengar still practiced and teaches yoga, and also travels the world teaching and lecturing.

Watch the CNN Interview with B.K.S. Iyengar part 1

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Obituary: Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar passes away at 95.

The nonagenarian yoga guru was admitted last Tuesday after complaining of breathlessness.

World renowned yoga exponent B.K.S. Iyengar passed away at a private hospital in Pune on early Wednesday morning. He was 95.

Mr. Iyengar, who was admitted to the Prayag Hospital last week, breathed his last at 3.15 a.m., doctors attending to him said.

He was put on dialysis since Sunday owing to renal failure. Mr. Iyengar, who abhorred hospitals and clinics, failed to respond to the treatment owing to heart problems brought on by advanced age.

Despite suffering two massive heart-attacks in 1996 and 1998, Mr. Iyengar, with his near-legendary regimen and discipline, rebounded and kept up a punishing teaching schedule, touring Russia and China in recent years. ~ THE HINDU

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It Is What It Is: The Personal Discourses of Rumi ~ New Translation and Commentary by Doug Marman

It Is What It Is: The Personal Discourses of Rumi brings you across time to sit at the feet of one of the world’s greatest spiritual teachers. Jalal al-Din Rumi lived over 700 years ago, yet his voice still echoes around the world today. Rumi’s discourses have long been recognized as a key to unlocking the depths of his wisdom.

This new translation, with all new commentary, brings one of the most difficult of Rumi’s manuscripts to life. You can now experience the impact of listening to Rumi as he shares his universal and timeless teaching.

Rumi says: “These words are for the sake of those who need words to understand. As for those who understand without words, what use do they have for speech? The heavens and earth are words to them. . . . Whoever hears a whisper, what need do they have for shouting?”

Rumi is not using words to just explain, but to move us beyond the need for explanations. He describes that moment when truth reveals itself directly to us like an open book. His tales and metaphors are luminous, beckoning us to new states of consciousness.

This is more than just a book. It is designed to be a personal study program with Rumi. This includes free access to Internet discussions on each discourse, so that you can interact with others, hear their insights, ask questions, and share your own realizations from what Rumi says. This provides a more complete learning experience. You can start below, after reading sample Discourse Two. Feel free to jump right into the dialogue.

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