The Light of Yoga | Philip Goldberg

August 22, 2014 12:36 AM

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The Light of Yoga | Philip Goldberg

Last fall, I had the honor of meeting with B.K.S. Iyengar, who died this week, at his yoga institute in Pune, India. Dressed in a crisp white kurta, a perfect match for his snowy hair and famously majestic eyebrows, he had graciously squeezed in a visit with me between institute business and his receipt of an award from the local government. At age 95, he had taught a yoga class that morning. In our conversation, as he commented with enthusiasm on yoga philosophy, his latest book and other topics, he was sharper than the proverbial tack, and afterward, when I followed him out to a waiting car, his back was straighter than mine and he descended the steps as nimbly as most people thirty or forty years his junior.

All of which is remarkable enough, and a sufficient endorsement of the yoga practices he made so popular worldwide that it can safely be said that most of the millions taking yoga classes today were influenced in one way or another by his work. But his mental and physical condition the day we met is...

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