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B. K. S. Iyengar
(Aka BKS Iyengar, Belur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar, and Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar)
[December 14, 1918 - ]

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  • Yoga Journal Presents: Iyengar Intensive at Estes Park DVD Set (2006)
    Live and uncut, over 25 hours of B.K.S Iyengar's latest teaching from the Yoga Journal 2005 Estes Park Conference. An essential DVD for all Iyengar students and teachers!

    In September 2005, Sri B.K.S. Iyengar participated in a much-heralded intensive dedicated to his teaching, held as part of Yoga Journal’s Estes Park Conference. Along with some of Mr. Iyengar’s senior teachers, he provided those assembled with his latest teachings in asana and pranayama. He also made himself accessible to his students through a variety of talks and question and answer sessions.

    The five DVD set, incorporating 25 hours of content, captures each session of this important event. It displays Mr. Iyengar’s passion, vitality, and mastery of yoga. Blending humor and wisdom, Mr. Iyengar’s presence was even more astounding given his 86 years of age. It was possibly his last visit to the United States, and one that can be thoroughly savored and continually revisited in this DVD format.

    Mr. Iyengar’s teaching and presence is incorporated in every session of this DVD, including:

    • Three asana classes (580 minutes)

    • The pranayama classes (282 minutes)

    • Q&A session with Mr. Iyengar (150 minutes)

    • Mr. Iyengar’s Conference Keynote (62 minutes)

    • Conversation with Mr. Iyengar (92 minutes)

    • Master classes with master teachers Manouso Manos and Patricia Walden, which include Mr. Iyengar (257 minutes)

    • Performance by The Yoga Troup (40 minutes)

    Partial proceeds from the sale of this DVD set go towards Mr. Iyengar's Bellur Project, and toward the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS).

  • Charlie Rose with George Clooney; B.K.S. Iyengar (October 14, 2005) (2005)

  • Iyengar Yoga for Beginners (2006)

  • Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom (2005)
    B.K.S. Iyengar - hailed as "the Michelangelo of yoga" (BBC) and considered by many to be the most important living yoga master - has spent much of his life introducing the modern world to the ancient practice of yoga. Yoga's popularity is soaring, but its widespread acceptance as an exercise for physical fitness and the recognition of its health benefits have not been matched by an understanding of the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development that the yogic tradition can also offer. In Light on Life, B.K.S. Iyengar brings readers this new and more complete understanding of the yogic journey.

    Here Iyengar explores the yogic goal to integrate the different parts of the self (body, emotions, mind, and soul), the role that the yoga postures and breathing techniques play in our search for wholeness, the external and internal obstacles that keep us from progressing along the path, and how yoga can transform our lives and help us to live in harmony with the world around us. For the first time, Iyengar uses stories from his own life, humor, and examples from modern culture to illustrate the profound gifts that yoga offers. Written with the depth of this sage's great wisdom, Light on Life is the culmination of a master's spiritual genius, a treasured companion to his seminal Light on Yoga.

  • B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga: The Path To Holistic Health (2001, 2007)
    Around the world, increasing numbers of people are turning to yoga as a means of keeping fit and reducing stress. In this comprehensive and highly illustrated guide B.K.S. Iyengar, the world's leading teacher of yoga, shares his unique, holistic approach. For Iyengar, yoga is more than just a form of exercise; it is a holistic experience that benefits the body, mind, and spirit. He outlines the philosophy and ideals behind this ancient practice and explains how yoga can help to counter the stresses of modern living. Designed for every level of ability, age, and physical condition, there are detailed instructions for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. Clearly illustrated, step-by-step instructions explain how to perform each yoga asana, or posture, correctly, while a unique 360-degree view of the final pose shows exactly how to position each part of the body. A special section introduces B.K.S. Iyengar's innovative use of props, enabling beginners or the less flexible to practice the classic yoga asanas more easily and effectively. A further section illustrates sequences of asanas to treat or prevent a wide range of ailments. In addition, there is a 20-week yoga course, personally formulated by B.K.S. Iyengar, which progresses from simple to more challenging postures. Without a doubt, Yoga: The Iyengar Way is the definitive guide to the practice of yoga by the master.

  • Illustrated Light on Yoga (2000, 2004)
    This is a straightforward and comprehensive introduction for the beginner by the acknowledged expert on the subject. Illustrated throughout with 150 photographs carefully positioned in the relevant part of the text for easy reference, it includes: An introduction to the philosophy and practice of yoga; Detailed descriptions of 57 key postures; Techniques for stilling the mind through breathing exercises; A 35-week course progressing from beginner to intermediate level; and a full glossary of yoga terms.

  • Light on Astanga Yoga (1999)

  • Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (1993, 2003)
    A fresh translation of the writings of Patanjali, the first man to record the ancient practice of yoga, by B. K. S. Iyengar, the man who introduced yoga to the West.

  • The Tree of Yoga (1988, 2002)
    Iyengar developed a form of yoga that focuses on developing strength, endurance, correct body alignment, as well as flexibility and relaxation. The Iyengar method integrates philosophy, spirituality, and the practice of yoga into everyday living. In The Tree of Yoga, Iyengar offers his thoughts on many practical and philosophical subjects including family life, love and sexuality, health and the healing arts, meditation, death, and Patañjali's Yoga Sutras. This new edition features a foreword by Patricia Walden, a leading American teacher of the Iyengar style.

  • The Concise Light on Yoga (1983)
    A Concise version of the Classic Introduction to Yoga.

  • Light on Pranayama: The Yogic Art of Breathing (1981, 1985, 1999)
    A yoga master describes the techniques of breathing together with a comprehensive background of yoga philosophy in this authoritative, practical and indispensable guide.

  • Body the Shrine Yoga Thy Light (1978)

  • Light on Yoga (1971, 1995)
    The definitive guide to the philosophy and practice of Yoga--the ancient healing discipline for body and mind--by its greatest living teacher. Light on Yoga provides complete descriptions and illustrations of all the positions and breathing exercises. Features a foreword by Yehudi Menuhin. Illustrations throughout.

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  • Iyengar Yoga for Motherhood: Safe Practice for Expectant & New Mothers (2008) by Geeta S. Iyengar, Kerstin Khattab, and Rita Kellerwith Domink Ketz, Photographer
    With its superb provenance, encyclopedic coverage, meticulous allopathic medical vetting, and more than 400 illustration-packed pages, Iyengar Yoga for Motherhood will become the must-have guide for every yoga instructor, mother-to-be, and new mom who wants to continue her practice. Lavishly produced, and with a fresh contemporary look that’s easy to follow, it’s broken up into trimesters with thorough explanations of what you can do and when, shown in 350 detailed photographs. Most important, however, it focuses on safety, carefully guiding students of every level through each asana, explaining which poses never to do and how to make others less stressful. Each spread features extensive instructions and hints, notes on the position’s positive effects and contraindications, and advice on “checking yourself” for proper form and technique—a hallmark of the Iyengar style of yoga. Add to this a huge section on nutrition (with recipes), along with invaluable information on female physiology, and the result is a manual that no “yoga mother” should pass up!

  • Iyengar (2007), Kofi Busia, ed.
    Well-known contributors from the world of yoga celebrate the life and work of the great yoga pioneer B. K. S. Iyengar in this collection. Iyengar, who celebrates seventy years as a yoga teacher this year, is an Indian yoga master, revered as the single most influential person in spreading the teachings of yoga throughout the world. Iyengar was recognized in Time magazine’s 2004 list of the one hundred most powerful and influential people in the world.

    This collection of essays, stories, and interviews celebrates the life and great influence of renowned yoga teacher B. K. S. Iyengar and features an international and diverse group of well-known contributors. These writings offer a deep understanding of the man, as well as his unique approach to yoga and the human mind and body.

    Includes contributions by Aadil Palkhivala, Alan Finger, Baron Baptiste, Beryl Bender Birch, Chuck Miller, David Life, Dona Holleman, Erich Schiffmann, Gary Kraftsow, Joan White, John Friend, John Schumacher, Judith Hanson Lasater, Lilias Folan, Manouso Manos, Patricia Walden, Richard Freeman, Rodney Yee, Sharon Gannon, Shiva Rea, and T. K. V. Desikachar

  • First There Is a Mountain: A Yoga Romance (2004) by Elizabeth Kadetsky
    In her early 20s, Elizabeth Kadetsky found herself running for hours every day, eating like a bird, and suffering from an excruciating but mysterious pain in her chest. Only in her yoga classes did she find some relief. Through a teacher, she heard about a yoga institute in India where an aging patriarch took in Western students for instruction. She wrote to him and waited years for an invitation to study with the master. FIRST THERE IS A MOUNTAIN is a tale of spiritual longing that brought a young American woman to the yoga institute of the renowned B.K.S. Iyengar, the man who introduced yoga to a Western audience. Once there, she became a wayward protégé of this mercurial and demanding teacher, piecing together his life's vision of the ancient Hindu practice and finding her place within yoga as a Western aspirant. In the damp, musty practice rooms at the institute, her exhausted body hanging from ropes or propped up by wooden blocks, she found a spiritual discipline unlike any other. Under Iyengar's tutelage Kadetsky learns the 'subtle wisdom' of the body, leaving behind a discordant childhood and starvation diets to discover a kind of peace. Part personal memoir and part exploration of the vast gulf between body, will, and spirit, First There Is a Mountain is written with grace, reverence, and wisdom.

  • Thus Spake B.K.S. Iyengar (1979) by Noelle Perez-Christiaens

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