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GURUJI B K S IYENGAR (14.12.18-20.8.14)

Guruji died in hospital in Pune on Wednesday 20 August 2014, he left his mortal body at 03.15. He had been ill for a while and had been in hospital since 12 August 2014.

All the Iyengar Yoga students and teachers in Essex send their condolences to Guruji���s family.

Our thoughts also go out to all who worked with Guruji at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute.

It is a sad time for all but it may help us to reflect on Guruji���s tremendous work and a life well lived.

Guruji has left a huge legacy of yoga both through his inspirational teaching, his training of some exceptional teachers, his family, his many illuminating books, talks and demonstrations. In sum he has given a great deal to humanity.

Guruji shed light on all aspects of the eight limbs of yoga. As practitioners of yoga we have gleaned what we can from his teaching depending on our level of understanding and commitment to yoga practice. As Iyengar Yoga Teachers, with due humility, we must aim to reflect a little of the light Guruji has shed on us to our students and encourage them to progress beyond what we have managed.

Guruji���s wide yoga family throughout the world will miss him but we are very privileged to have lived and worked with him. To have stepped on the path of yoga alongside one whose wisdom and light blazed forth is indeed a great honour.

In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krsna describes to Arjuna the characteristics of a perfect yogi (II55-59, 61, 64-72) which Guruji quoted this in Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (pp 228-9). It is well worth rereading with Guruji in mind.

Yoga Sutra I.48 also seems to describe Guruji, ���When consciousness dwells in wisdom, a truth bearing state of direct spiritual perception dawns.���

To our dear Guruji we offer sincere thanks for his dedication to yoga, for bringing yoga to the West, for all his practice, all his teaching, all his teacher training, and all his remedial work. We resolve and pray that our practices and teaching may be worthy of his name.

Many students and teachers took part in the international Communal Dedication to Guruji on Thursday 28 August 2014 by practicing a simple sequence of asanas and sitting quietly to reflect on the life and work of a great man.

IYCE has opened a book of condolences. Please contact susan@iyce.com to contribute.

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