B.K.S. Iyengar Centenary Year 2018: Your tributes
In celebration of the hundredth year since the birth of B.K.S. Iyengar, each month we’ll be posting a selection of your tributes. This month, tributes from Tricia Booth, Jenny King and Clare Tunstall.
I first met Guruji in my early 30s. I am now nearly 80. He was giving a talk and demonstration at Umist, part of Manchester University.
I was so impressed with his sincerity and wisdom that I vowed to follow him as his student.
Through my lessons with him in the U.K. and Pune over the last, nearly 50 years, he has been my mentor and friend. Sometimes a hard task master but always concerned about my well being.
Thank you Guruji.
Tricia’s memory of her first visit to Pune in 1977:
I had practised Iyengar Yoga and had become a teacher. Although I had had lessons with Guruji on his visits to the U.K. I wanted and needed to visit the Institute in Pune. So in January 1977 I did.
In those days the classes were small. There were 30 of us from Manchester . Guruji met us on the stairs as we entered the yoga room. We had seen photos of the practice room and when we entered I made the comment that it felt like coming home. He immediately said ‘Yes this is your Spiritual Home’.
Over the following visits I have always remembered him welcoming us to our Spiritual Home.
A beam of light radiated from Mr Iyengar as he entered the yoga room, he was so focused, observant, instructive and thoroughly in control of the class. No one could linger in the background. Yoga taught by Guruji was completely in the moment, I will always remember his insight, instruction and presence.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I have often wondered how can someone I have never met have so much positive influence on my life: David Bowie and BKS Iyengar. I was lucky to see David Bowie three times but never meet him, yet strangely it is Mr Iyengar whom I feel like I have! After BKS Iyengar died I realised that it is because I have lived and learnt his teachings through others who have shared his passion for yoga and life. I have been taught by those who were taught by him, I have been and still am told stories continually about him, we are still taught by his family and his principle pupils, we are still all that close to him.
I didn’t need to meet Iyengar himself, (but would’ve have loved to), because I have experienced him through others. I have learnt that Iyengar’s selfless teachings and instructions are to be passed on, to be shared, to be practised ‘pass it on’. Not only did Mr Iyengar inspire me to practice, he inspired me to draw. By observing the photos in Light on Yoga and drawing the postures it helps me to help me understand their direction, their actions, their links and by putting pictures together, as opposed to a list of Sanskrit names, I hope I pass something on to inspire my students and others to carry on their practice at home.
Oddly I was visiting Pune for the first time, to be taught at the Iyengars’ home of yoga when I heard that Bowie had died, but I knew, this is not something to be sad about as the ‘work’ of geniuses lives on forever.