A few weeks ago I purchased and began reading the book “Iyengar – The Yoga Master”, edited by Kofi Busia. This book is a collection of articles, essays, and interviews written by a wide variety of teachers and students of B.K.S. Iyengar. It was put together and edited by Kofi Busia, a highly regarded and well-respected Iyengar teacher.
I’ve only gotten through a third of the book so far, but what I really like about it is the diversity of authors and their telling of their very unique and personal experiences with Mr. Iyengar and his teachings. Clearly all of them have been deeply affected by their practice and interaction with him.
My favorite article/essay in this book so far is one by Inez Baranay. She is an Iyengar yoga teacher living in Australia, and she’s also a writer. Her story is titled ‘Your Guru is Your Practice,’ which is a quote from Iyengar to her during an interview she had with him. Her story is a very interesting look at how her yoga practice and her writing are related, and she looks at the various stages of one’s practice. She talks about developing momentum in your practice, how we often question ourselves and become dejected, reaching plateaus, and the many discoveries along the way. Her writing is beautiful and very relatable. I found myself highlighting passages that stood out to me, which is something I am very rarely inspired to do.
Other contributors to this collection include T.K.V. Desikachar, Judith Hanson Lasater, Patricia Walden, Ramanand Patel, Annette Bening, Rodney Yee, and John Friend. There are many more included in this book and all of them offer something unique and personal about their experiences meeting and studying with B.K.S. Iyengar. He is a fascinating man and has profoundly impacted the world of yoga. I recommend this book to anyone interested in yoga, for its interesting stories and interpretation of this practice.