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“I think overall the majority of people who are practicing it as a subject are following the right line. For the aberration, don’t blame yoga or the whole community of yogis”

 

B.K.S. Iyengar

“Do not live in the future, only the present is real”

 

B.K.S. Iyengar

“Yoga has a threefold impact on health. It keeps healthy people healthy, it inhibits the development of diseases, and it aids recovery from ill health.”

 

B.K.S. Iyengar

“Pranayama teaches the aspirant to regulate his breathing and thereby control the mind.”

 

B.K.S. Iyengar

“I also say with backbends, you have to be cautiously bold. Not carelessly bold. You have to descend to the dictation of the spine. You cannot command from the brain to do the poses. As you play with a child, guarding the child from injuries, similarly you have to play in backbends, guarding your spine.”

 

B.K.S. Iyengar

“Classics postures, when practiced with discrimination and awareness, bring the body, mind, and consciousness into a single, harmonious whole.”

 

B.K.S. Iyengar

“Intellectuals tend to be arrogant. Intelligence, like money, is a good servant but a bad master. When practicing pranayama, the yogi [makes] himself humble and without pride in his intellectual attainments.”

 

B.K.S. Iyengar

“Yoga is nothing if it is not perfectharmonyof the body, senses, mindand intellect, reason, consciousnessand self. When all these are integratedthat is true yoga.”

 

B.K.S. Iyengar

“A yogi’s brain extends from the bottom of the foot to the top of his head”

 

B.K.S. Iyengar

“Your body is the child of your soul.”

 

B.K.S. Iyengar

“The whole thrust of yogic philosophical and scientific inquiry has therefore been to examine the nature of being, with a view to learning to respond to the stresses of life without so many tremors and troubles.”

 

B.K.S. Iyengar

“As long as you do not live totally in the body, you do not live totally in the Self.”

 

B.K.S. Iyengar

“I am old, and death inevitably approaches. But both birth and death are beyond the will of a human being. They are not my domain. I do not think about it. Yoga has taught me to think of only working to live a useful life…I will never stop learning, and it have tried to share some lessons with you. I do pray that my ending will be your beginning. The great rewards and the countless blessings of a life spent following the Inward Journey await you.”

 

B.K.S. Iyengar

“I planted the seed, now you must work a lot otherwise the tiny plant will die.”

 

B.K.S. Iyengar

“What I was is unimportant, what I am now is important.”

 

B.K.S. Iyengar

“People say that steadiness of mind is an end; no, it is a beginning. I am there; I can explain everything up to that point. Then I struggle to discover what comes after, so this steadiness is not an end, it is the beginning and the instrument.”

 

B.K.S. Iyengar

“Asanas keep your body, as well as your mind, healthy and active”

 

B.K.S. Iyengar

“The supreme adventure in a man’s life is his journey back to his Creator. To reach the goal he needs well developed and co-ordinated functioning of his body, senses, mind, reason and Self.”

 

B.K.S. Iyengar

“Purity is when there is no anxiety, no worry, no thinking.”

 

B.K.S. Iyengar