As many of you know B.K.S Iyengar passed away 3:15 am Wednesday morning in Pune, India. Iyengar was instrumental to bringing the practice of Yoga to the West. Instruction at Karuna is done in the Iyengar style of Yoga and our teacher Eileen Muir and all of the yoga teachers who have taught workshops at the center have studied in Pune, India with the Iyengars. On Thursday night many gathered to honor him. Bringing excerpts from his extensive writings and anecdotes of the ways his life and advice has helped us to grow as individuals, the room was full of enormous gratitude, grief, and love.
When we remark on death as a passing we acknowledge that life ends only in the body, a body which we will all someday pass through. Instead of focusing on the end of life in the body we can adjust our gaze to see that life is an eternal and infinite light. Iyengar’s death has brought his life into intense focus, and in this focus we can rejoice in the beauty and love of his teachings. In this moment, as each of us contemplate this one man’s life and his impact on ours, we can see the light he shared as infinite. It glows within our hearts now, as we practice, as we chant om..