Iyengarāsana Project - Honouring BKS Iyengar on his 100th Birth Anniversary
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(FORMERLY KNOWN AS SUNDARARĀJĀSANA PROJECT)
We believe that naming a pose after Yogāchārya BKS Iyengar would be a wonderful way to honor his legacy on the occasion of his 100th Birth Anniversary on 14th December 2018. A recognition of his immeasurable contribution to the world of yoga.
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WHY AN IYENGARĀSANA?
● BKS Iyengar brought āsanas to an unprecedented level of perfection by creating a symphony of alignment, symmetry, harmony and proportions. 'Alignment is Enlightenment!' and 'My body is my temple, āsanas are my prayers' are some of his most famous quotes. He revered the body as a temple of the soul and he dedicated all his life to the teaching of āsanas as powerful tools for inner transformation and purification. He taught how all the other 7 limbs of Yoga may be perfected through the practice of āsanas. His mission was to prove that anyone, regardless of age, creed, gender, status, race can climb the heights of spirituality and realise through their own body that they are sparks of divinity. An āsana dedicated to him would embody his message to the world and would allow anyone whose life has been transformed by his revolutionary teachings to honour him in a way he would have certainly liked.
● BKS Iyengar revived the dying art of yoga and spread its message on a worldwide scale. He changed the course of Yoga history forever by attracting millions of people to the practice of Yoga and by making this noble art accessible to all through the unique use of PROPS. These are now widely used in all Yoga studios worldwide. The old, the sick, the weak can all practise yoga with the use of supports. Iyengarāsana would be a tribute to BKS Iyengar's all embracing compassion and to the universality of his teachings.
● BKS Iyengar is recognised as one of the greatest Yoga masters of our times by Yoga practitioners worldwide. His demonstrations, books, quotes and talks have inspired generations of seekers on the path of yoga. Iyengarāsana would carry BKS Iyengar's message to everyone's heart. It would encourage all travellers on the path of yoga to become united in the pursuit of inner freedom.
● All the great sages of the past Bharadvāja, Marīchi, Vasishtha, Vishvāmitra have an asana in their name. Century after century they stand as an example to follow and they inspire us to deepen our practice. Iyengarāsana would remind us of BKS Iyengar's journey in this world (and what a journey that was!) and his power to uplift and transform us. It would stand as an encouragement to follow in his footsteps and seek what he sought.
BKS Iyengar once said he would have liked to die in an āsana so may his memory rest in an āsana. Iyengarāsana would be a wonderful dwelling for him for eternity.
We are aware that there is not an authority as such that can deliberate on this. However, we strongly believe that if we start introducing Iyengarāsana this will be incorporated into the Classical Yoga Tradition over time and Iyengarāsana will carry BKS Iyengar's legacy to eternity. Every time Iyengarāsana is performed it would be a living tribute to one of the greatest Yoga Masters of the XX century.
ĀSANA TO BE NAMED IYENGARĀSANA:
Uttāna Padma Mayūrāsana
The idea of calling Uttāna Padma Mayūrāsana Iyengarāsana dates back to around 1990 and it was discussed with Guruji BKS IYENGAR himself during one of his visits to Los Angeles and also in other occasions. Since then there have been attempts to use the name Iyengarāsana for Uttāna Padma Mayūrāsana but the complexity of the pose was such that it was seldom practised and seldom taught. For this reason Iyengarāsana has rarely been heard. For Iyengarāsana to be incorporated into the classical yoga tradition it is essential that the pose be used (and named as such) as often as possible. We have created an album with all possible preparations and variations to the classical pose by using different props. This will be shortly shared with all supporters.
We have sent a suggestion to the Mayor of Pune and the Governor of Maharashtra for a Memorial of Guruji in his own āsana to adorn a public space of the city of Pune.
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