(above: BKS Iyengar hanging loose)
And then Iyengar says to Ramdev “knock it off with the kapalbhati peddling, compadre. Capice?!”
Actually, that’s not true. What BKS Iyengar did say on Tuesday, speaking to a group of Chinese yoga enthusiasts (in China), was that those who “sell programmes like kapalbhati” are basically corrupting Patanjali’s yoga.
The 93-year-old Guruji also said ‘over-publicizing of specific aspects like kapalbhati is wrong and is a “short-cut” best avoided.’
Though Iyengar didn’t call him out by name, it was pretty clear the reference was aimed at the pranayama-pushing heated one swathed in loin cloths of political turmoil. Ramdev’s focus on pranayama is what helped him become so popular on his massively viewed TV shows. Apparently, not everyone finds his skull such a glow.*
*see kapalbhati: shining skull breath