Oh sure he doesn’t make the news every other day, quite like another hot-aired fella we know, but Mr. Iyengar’s impact on modern yoga is undeniable and ever present. Care to send a birthday present? Here’s what’s on Guruji’s wishlist, via IYNAUS:
Guruji has told us we can best demonstrate our gratitude for his teachings by supporting the transformation of his ancestral village of Bellur. Celebrate Guruji’s birthday with a fundraiser — a special class or workshop, a potluck dinner, perhaps a fifth anniversary celebration of “Three for Bellur,” in which participants are asked to donate $3 each. Download a flyer here.
Mr. Iyengar has transformed his ancestral village of Bellur, in southern India, with a visionary series of projects.
Some of the landmarks already achieved are a free hospital, a water treatment facilities, India’s first temple dedicated to Patanjali, and the free primary and high school which supply uniforms, books and a hot lunch, often the children’s only meal of the day.
BKS Iyengar last year on his 90th Birthday
Sirsasana at the Grand Canyon! via bksiyengar.com
Classic footage of BKS Iyengar in his early 20’s from a 1938 newsreel, and just about 45 years later in a 1987 master class: