"Invocation to Sage Patanjali"
Let us bow before the noblest of sages Patanjali,
who gave yoga for serenity and sanctity of mind,
grammar for clarity and purity of speech and
medicine for perfection of health.
Let us prostrate before Patanjali, an incarnation of Adisesa,
whose upper body has a human form,
whose arms hold a conch and a disc, and
who is crowned by a thousand-headed cobra.
"Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar"
Iyengar is always at ease in any posture he performs, gracefully involved, reflecting, concentrating, with the senses of perception totally quietened - in a state of meditation (dhyana)!
"When I practice, I am a philosopher, when I teach, I am a scientist,
When I demonstrate, I am an artist". BKSI
for more information, the official site from which these photos come from is http://www.bksiyengar.com/
"a Stern teacher"
demanding total effort even in the simplest asanas.===
"Lord Shiva, the bestower of happiness gave the art of yoga. As Nataraja, king of dancers, he gave dance".
"Guruji's first visit to South Africa"
I should have been part of the group of about 25 Southafricans to attend Gurujis first training session in SouthAfrica, but because the very reason why this training had to be in Swaziland, I was not selected ( or was it an over reaction on my part ?).=== Iyengar being from India, had via difficulties getting a visa, further, because of bodily contact, obstacles may have occured.===I travelled to Swaziland to see a demonstration given at the Royal Swazi Spa Hotel at the end of the week, to be inspired, and inspired I was.
"Lessons for the masses"
Many of us travelled down to Swaziland, To see the master in action, to learn from a propnent of an intensive form of Hatha Yoga
every monring, before breakfast, whilst the mind was still clear from distractions, our bodies were disciplined and stretched beyond expectations.
always under stern yet loving eyes and humor of Guruji
Iyengar whose light touch of his finger was able to elicit the correct asana.=== IMost certainly a useful form of body discipline, useful in these days of excessive urbanised stress and rushing