December 14th marks the 92nd birthday of B.K.S. Iyengar, or Guruji, as many of my peers respectfully refer to him. I have never had the honor of studying with him nor have I ever been in his presence, but I have a profound respect and admiration for him. He has committed his life to the learning and teaching of yoga and its gifts. He has given us, the yoga community, so very much, and has asked for very little in return.
Last weekend there was a birthday celebration in his honor at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles. Lisa Walford, a senior teacher, gave a beautiful two-hour presentation on his life and the events that shaped it. As she gave her presentation, she added stories of her own experiences with this great man and other teachers stood up to share their memories of studying with him. Everyone described an intellligent, powerful man, a living legend, with charm and poise and a deep love for his students. We watched as she presented photos of the institute in Pune where he teaches, his family, the many prominent people that he has taught and been associated with, and beautiful pictures of his unwavering yoga practice. He has inspired so many wonderful teachers and students in this practice and I thought it was fitting to mention this auspicious day and wish him many more healthy years of life.