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YogaDork Giveaway: BKS Iyengar’s ‘Core of the Yoga Sutras: The Definitive Guide to the Philosophy of Yoga’

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Soooo did you know B.K.S. Iyengar had a new book? Did you know it will be his last major book ever? To complete the canon of invaluable yoga texts such as Light on Yoga, Light on Life, Light On Pranayama, and The Tree of Yoga that helped us modern folk understand the ancient teachings, we are treated to Mr. Iyengar’s wisdom on yoga philosophy and his interpretation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

Core of the Yoga Sutras presents each sutra in Sanskrit, transliteration and English translation followed by B.K.S. Iyengar’s commentary.

Iyengar, who turned 94 this past December, calls this book his “last major work in this lifetime.” Let’s just say all the lights are on and Guruji is home to school us.

We are truly delighted to be giving away TWO copies of Core of the Yoga Sutras: The Definitive Guide to the Philosophy of Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar’s final book, courtesy of Harper Collins, which was just released today (Jan. 29). Woop!

TO ENTER: The official description states that the B. K. S. Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS) is a not-for-profit organization that “disseminates and promotes the art, science and philosophy of yoga according to the teachings of B. K. S. Iyengar.” We think we could all add our own personal flavor to that. So we ask you – for you – is yoga an art? A science? A philosophy? A _____?  Your turn!

Giveaway open until 11:59pm Sunday, February 3, 2013. Two winners will be chosen at random and announced soon after. Good luck!

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  • Yoga is…

    An offering.

    An offering to yourself, to others, and to the divine. Very simple :)

  • Amy

    Yoga is art, science, philosophy, self-expression, catharsis, and sheer beauty all rolled into one. I simply can’t assign it one category…that is far too difficult!

  • Amy

    Yoga is art, science, philosophy, self-expression, catharsis, and sheer beauty all rolled into one. I simply can’t assign it one category…that is far too difficult!

  • caro

    how do i enter the competition???? cant find a link anywhere..

    to me, yoga is … a homecoming, a peace emanator…. xxx

  • Margaret

    Yoga is a way of life and a path to the divine

  • Heidi

    a beautiful path

  • Ann

    Yoga is a life line…

  • Mark-Francis Mullen

    Yoga is union…integration…a tool for transformation…a method to make ourselves instruments of the Divine.

  • Yoga is a journey. Just as life is a journey. It is full of ups, downs, frustrations, goals, successes, beauty, and finding strength in endurance and pain or surrendering to weakness and acceptance of where we are at this very moment. It is different to everyone and all experience it differently.

  • Yoga is the unification of the physical and individual with the universal. It’s a strong discipline by which to guide and elevate one’s life.

  • Yoga is an invitation to make space.
    This can be artful…
    It could be scientific.
    Hell, I will take a little bit of both!
    (Or a lot!)

    Yoga is an invitation to make space.

  • Yoga is the yolk/union of all things, bringing all things to wholeness: including art, science, philosophy, religion.
    Yoga is greater than the sum of its parts, just as the Universe is
    stardust and toenails all at once. Yoga is breath in our body and wind through the sky.
    Prana moves through it all, moves through us all. We are all united with all that surrounds us.
    Yoga is seeing that there is no seperate-ness.

  • Candice

    yoga is an art, an lifestyle, an expression. It is everything.

  • Yoga is allowing yourself to be in the present. Yoga is not a thing. Yoga is not anything. Yoga is a process. Yoga is no process that you can work on, nothing you can achieve or be or do. Yoga is (as the movie says) and Yoga is not.

    Yoga is the greatest….using your words, it is an art and a philosophy and a science all wrapped into one. It is a science, but there is no right answer. It is an art, yet there is a specific method, one that can be tested. It is a philosophy because it informs our life every step of the way. We think Yoga is an art because it is so beautiful. But it is not about the artwork, nor the artist. It is like art without a doer or a done, only a doing. It is zen with a whole bunch of asana thrown in. And if any of my words has pointed to it, it is only because words are so far away from what yoga truly is, which is a visceral experience in the body-mind-heart that is unique and individual to each of us.

  • Mark Spencer

    Yoga is a practice for creating stillness in the mind, so that we can see a clear reflection of reality.

  • Gina Mac

    Yoga is LIFE.

  • Yoga is

    A way of life,

  • dave

    Nada, maya, zero. Nothing to see here folks, move on along…

  • Je

    Yoga is the perfect synthesis of all three: art, philosophy and science.

  • Erin

    Yoga is a choice.

  • Jody

    Yoga is an art, a science, a philosophy, a love, a medicine, a tree, a blossom, a poem, an om……

  • Yoga is personal and transformative. Yoga is a path you follow for life that leads you inwards, leads you home.

    x

  • mary

    Yoga is what I need!

  • Karen

    Yoga is breathing.

  • hagar

    Iyengar said it himself… Yoga is like music, which can be whatever you’d like to make of it.

  • Yoga is an Attitude.

  • Erin Mcvittie

    Yoga is the force! Sometimes the yoga is strong with me, sometimes not. It’s always there, though.

  • Megan

    Why does it only have to be one thing? There is a beauty in the movements which evokes art and there is a science in the way it shows you how to manipulate your body to improve your well-being. Finally, it is also a philosophy, teaching us how to slow down, look inside and accept. Yoga is all and evokes all.

  • Katrina Kiernan

    Yoga is a way to BE.

  • Drew

    spiritual practice – ideally, a disciplined one

  • Yoga is a gift.

  • Heather

    Yoga is all of that. But it is truly a way to connect yourself with the universe by means of a truly tested method b

  • Kelley

    Yoga is awareness…

  • Yoga = yoga

    BTW: I don’t want the book , already got everything :)

  • jennyonassis

    Yoga is an art, a science, a philosophy, a way of living.

  • Kimba

    Yoga is a mystery….

  • Yoga is … life. Pure and simple. It´s like that good friend who is always right next to me, even in my darkest moments when I neglect it and don´t even realize that I need it. And then when I do it´s there, not judging me, just welcoming me with opens arms and a big heart.

  • Elizabeth

    Yoga is a process to amend the past, stay in the present and quell the angst of the future.

  • Susannah

    Yoga is a journey and a path.

  • Laura Johnson

    Yoga is a technology: Science and philosophy, practically applied to improve our lives.

  • Katie

    Yoga is a way of being. It is a path to uncovering and accepting your true self.

  • art. science. philosophy. AWAKENING

  • kate l.

    a path to find your best, most peaceful self.

  • Christy

    Yoga is connection

  • Amanda

    Yoga is an escape. And the more I realize that it’s something I should run towards, not away from, the better I become.

  • To steal a line from Thomas Dolby’s song “She Blinded me with Science” , yoga is “poetry in motion”

  • yoga is music and poetry and a hot cup of tea and a good book under a down comforter.

  • Matt

    yoga is the union of mind, body, and breath, that raises a deep level of self awareness

  • Yoga is a journey in exploring the self

  • Kiki

    Breath. Awareness. Vitality.

  • Kathy

    Yoga is a path to wellness, spiritually and physically. Love, love, love it!

  • Jennifer

    “yoga is a refuge”

  • Yoga is release and self-recognition

  • erika

    yoga is life!

  • … a place where it all begins to make sense!

  • Moi

    Yoga is a gift.

  • Amanda

    “Yoga its the practice of tolerating the consequences of being yourself.”-Bhagavad Gita, that’s the best definition for me

  • Linda Michelson

    Yoga is one of my favorite things!

  • Elizabeth

    Yoga is a release and a reveal!

  • NCDan

    Yoga is the strongest stress buster I’ve ever found.

  • Martienne

    Yoga is a path.

  • I can’t wait to add this book to my collection!

  • Carley O'hara

    Yoga is love and respect for yourself, and for others. :)

  • Christine

    Yoga is a way of being–a commitment to yoga practice informs how one experiences the world, and the choices one makes.

  • Tiffany

    Yoga is practice and liberation :)

  • Anita

    Yoga is the freedom to be yourself and free your mind from everyday constraints and rituals

  • Rochelle

    Yoga is joining mind, body & heart.

  • stacey

    Yoga is the art of loving yourself so completely that you completely love every other being you meet in the dance of life…..

  • Amy

    Yoga is my escape…

  • Lesley

    Yoga is an empowering life-style.

  • Natasha Freeman

    Yoga is whatever it means to you! To me, it’s a way of life!

  • Yoga is a tool aimed at tuning the ‘wholeness’ of human being.

  • Riley

    Yoga is a holistic means of uniting mind and body in this moment. To me, it’s a great learning process where I meet my frustration, impatience, and accomplishment all at the same time.

  • Tammy Walker

    Yoga is a way of life. Yoga is a path to self-awareness. Perhaps if one is in the moment and self-aware then anything could be yoga.

  • Yoga is love

  • Stephanie Olive

    Yoga is my saving grace.

  • Charlotte

    Yoga is… a source of joy!

  • Monika

    Yoga is everything!

  • Jennifer Nicole Applegate

    Yoga is the path to your Inner Self; the road less traveled.

  • Kari-Ann Hubbard

    Yoga is presence in breath, life, and self-acceptance.

  • Nick Mattos

    Yoga is a practical, systematic means of surrendering to What Is, in the process revealing What You Are.

  • Robin Jones

    Yoga is one of my essentials.

  • Hannah

    yoga is a lovesport

  • Nicole

    Yoga is a space where you learn to love your body and mind where they are, in the moment. It’s where you learn to let go and accept the now.

  • jaya

    yoga is a journey of self discovery

  • … a choice to connect with whatever you choose…

  • Twisted Yoga Sister

    Yoga is the life line to my sanity and well being.

  • mariavlong

    Yoga is a compass.

  • Katya

    Yoga is the infinite flow of energy which is ♥EVERYTHING ♥!!!

  • Yoga is everything or nothing or something depending how you let it touch you and enter your life. If you let it, it will change you in ways you couldn’t even imagine. It is a science, a philosophy, an art and a practice.

  • Catalina D

    Yoga is inspiration

  • Katie T

    yoga is accepting of the form you give it

  • Stacy

    Yoga is a doorway to your true Self.

  • Brian

    Yoga is a mirror. It can reflect, illuminate and ignite!

  • Yoga is strength and serenity.

  • Gina

    Yoga is a light. It illuminates my way to the Self, it shows me the path & it shows me that I have always been who I am, I am just continuing to come back to myself every day. It shines from within me & everyone I meet.

  • essi peikko

    Yoga is practise

  • Joy

    The (non-profit) yoga studio I practice at says that yoga is is about empowering diverse communities towards lives of joy, peace, and purpose. I will donate the book to them (after I read it…) if I win!

  • yoga is a bridge – a bridge between science and religion. body and breath. brain and spirit. self-awareness and collective unity.

  • Nooshi

    Yoga is a way of life.

  • Beverly

    Yoga is sublimation.

  • Stacy

    Yoga is the breath.

  • Yoga is all of the above. Yoga is a way of being.

  • Hilarie

    Yoga is everything.

  • Dana

    Yoga is a research experiment…for me in that way it is more science than art…we are taking these postures, using this breathing, and studying the way of thinking all to see what the outcome may be. For me it’s been good so far…I think I’ll continue the experiment!

  • Pedro

    Yoga is!

  • Karen

    Yoga is the calm amid the chaos.

  • Yoga is healing. And a way of being.

  • Ally

    Yoga is the breath of life… Healer of all wounds and a way of life that makes all things one.

  • Yoga is a practice!

  • Adan

    Yoga is a way to live life fully without any hang-ups, honoring the beauty of every moment and the immense love within us and outside of us…

  • Becky Hieter

    Yoga is where I am and I find myself.

  • paul

    yoga is discrete activities that direct awareness to expose what is real and remove bias :P

  • Yoga is Joy

  • therese

    The best thing that ever happened to me.

  • Jennifer

    Art. Because when I do it I feel beautiful.

  • YogiCrystal

    Yoga is life.

  • My life

  • Yoga is everything and everything is yoga.

  • Peter Csicsai

    Yoga is a universal system of internal cleansing that will lead the sadhaka to ultimate freedom, if followed correctly:)

  • Yoga is Life

  • Sue

    Yoga is a delightful experience!

  • Lili

    Yoga is the roots to our tree of life.

  • Merry

    Yoga is a way of life.

  • Lynn Rakestraw

    Yoga is transcendent.

  • lester quackinoff

    Yoga’s really cool for makin’ money. You don’t even have to practice it…

  • Sondra

    Yoga is a mindful and compassionate path of existence.

  • Jeff T

    Yoga is a way of life that acknowledges and takes advantage of the fact that the mental, physical, and spiritual spheres of you life are all interrelated.

  • Gaugs

    “…. a(n) f’d up circus”- Bikram Choudhury

  • Kimmie

    Yoga is what everybody should have in their life! Om

  • Maggi

    Yoga is wonderful!

  • leanna

    Yoga is peace.

  • Mary

    Yoga is integration of body, mind, and heart.

  • breath educator

    I don’t know much about yoga. I only did it a couple of times, like 30 years ago. That was right after I got my GED. I try tree pose every year or so. Then I made up this title for myself so I could con people…

  • Jodi Welch

    Yoga is being fully present.

  • Moxie

    Yoga is unifying, centering, life-giving. Yoga is home.

  • Tapsa

    Yoga is what you make of it.

  • Meredith

    Yoga is the succinct, slight pause intermingled amongst the inhale and exhale. Yoga is union–the dissolution of otherness, separateness and duality.

  • breath educator

    yoga’s a great way to slip under the radar and make some cash, hidin’ in the open…

  • Susan

    Yoga truly is LIFE and LOVE!

  • Fel

    yoga is being able to say, “this is me”. so, it is a thought that you manifest with your body. :)

  • Amy B

    Yoga is a way of life…. for every life.

  • yoga is a system to unite body, mind, and heart, to remind us of our true and essential nature.

  • Yoga is a way of being

  • Jane

    Life!

  • Yoga is yoga

  • bill

    Yoga is a way of Living.

  • Virginia

    Yoga is love.

  • Verp

    Yoga is control

  • rdf

    Yoga is the unity of mind and body.

  • M.om

    LOVE!

  • I guess you could say that yoga is a form of anthropology!

  • A Divine Practice

  • Anne

    Yoga is…
    … A blessing
    … Spiritual education
    … Moving meditation
    … Growing consciousness
    … Expression of the soul
    … Nourishment for the soul
    … Strength for the temple of our soul
    … A practice that promotes unity
    … Loving kindness
    … Life at its best
    … A way of life; an attitude
    … Freedom

  • Kelly

    Yoga is the art of shaking everything unimportant out of your head so you can that existence itself is absolutely incredible and filled with endless possibility!

  • Sara

    Kelly you nailed it. Yes!!!! I totally agree with your summation.

  • amanda

    This is perfection in a comment. Pure brilliance!

  • brontegirl

    Salvation

  • Yoga is a smile.

    “Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love”- Mother Teresa

    It begins and ends with a namaste, as you open your heart to love.

    :)

  • Yoga is like a diamond in the rough. You gotta keep at it to get to the good stuff. Bling bling on a different realm!

  • A.B.

    Anything that involves self-love, which ultimately translates to the love of everything and everyone, nature and beyond.

  • A.B.

    Unconditional love, that is

  • Yas

    To me, yoga is a lifestyle choice. To be a true yogi, you don’t just do it in a studio and yoga is not a mat-focused activity. You incorporate yoga in the way you walk and hold your spine upright, the way you breathe and take full cleansing exhales, the way you focus your energies on a daily or weekly mantra, and how you pay special attention to your chakras and give different energy epicentres love when they need it. To me that is yoga. All day, every day. #yogalove

  • Yoga is a lifestyle of Peace, balance and respect.

  • yoga is my body, heart and souls nourishment.

  • Yoga is an art, a science, a way of life, all of these things and then some. Yoga is a microcosm of the known and unknown universe unfolding in our bodies, hearts and minds.

  • Danielle

    Yoga is transportation to myself.

  • Karen

    Yoga is what you make it…

  • mindy theroux

    a way of living.

  • nimet

    In simple language “Yoga is a way of life……every breath’

  • Jen

    Yoga is Self empowerment

  • Jenny O.

    Yoga is…life. It was explained to me “that your first response to life was to breathe, so to take in and fill yourself up IS to take in life.” It’s more than a lifeSTYLE to me, it is accepting a new life and then taking root to develop in every which way.

  • Danielle

    PURE :)

  • To me yoga is a heartbeat, constantly expanding and contracting our lives, our bodies, our breath. It grows stronger, steadier, and more calm the more it is used.

  • Shari

    In yoga, we use our practice as a time to do just that, practice using our breathe and the asanas to be in the moment with ourselves, to get to practice knowing and loving our true selves, from which we can be compassionate to others. This brain-body practice is supported by science, and also an art and philosophy for how to live our lives.

    namaste. peace.

  • Teri

    …my spiritual practice.
    Namaste

  • SnowLeopard

    TO ENTER: The official description states that the B. K. S. Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS) is a not-for-profit organization that “disseminates and promotes the art, science and philosophy of yoga according to the teachings of B. K. S. Iyengar.” We think we could all add our own personal flavor to that. So we ask you – for you – is yoga an art? A science? A philosophy? A LL? Your turn!

    Yoga is and art, a science and a philosophy. Yoga is ALL.

  • Samantha

    Yoga is a journey home.

  • Jessica Pridmore

    Balance

  • Dave Mazza

    Yoga is clarity.

  • Ann

    Yoga is a path to awakening.

  • lenny

    yoga is a song in my heart…..shhhh, if you listen carefully, you can hear it.

  • Debbe Jo Allen

    Yoga is the road to self discovery. My body is the vehicle, my soul is the vessel, my life is the journey.

  • Rita J. Martinez

    Yoga is like an inkblot. When asked what it is, the first person says, “It’s a horse.” The second person says, “No, you’re wrong. It’s a dog.” Then a third person says, “You’re all wrong, it’s a cat.” And so it went on without consensus. Finally the first person says, “You know, know that I look at it I think it’s a…..” And so it went on.

    Yoga is like a river that slowly over time re-sculpts the landscape one grain of sand at a time, until one day, there is a Grand Canyon where once there was flat land.

    Yoga is like taking a bus that has many stops. At the first stop a person gets off because he/she doesn’t want to go to the end of the bus stop. At the second stop, another person gets off. And so it goes until the last person gets off. Each person got off the bus based on their needs. Each person took the same bus but wound up at a different destination.
    YOGA IS.

  • Rita Mary

    A divine, vibrant, tangible rite to life

  • Brian Borchers

    a path of personal transformation

  • Yoga is the divine flow of love.

  • M Stobbart

    Yoga is a way of life.

  • M

    a way of LIFE.

  • Slap in the face. There’s no hiding once you’ve taken a yoga class that hits you in your heart. No matter how much you’ve resisted your inner voice over the years and let your ego voice guide you, yoga takes all of that and throws it in your face, proving that your true essence is not just hanging out at your convenience, but rather waiting on the outskirts, begging to be beckoned. Yoga tells you who is running the show- not your voice, your opinion or judgement, but rather your shortest links, your weakest voices, your harshest judgements etc. Yoga unveils the real you- good bad ugly and inflexible. Yoga is a slap back to true essence.

  • Slap in the face. There’s no hiding once you’ve taken a yoga class that hits you in your heart. No matter how much you’ve resisted your inner voice over the years and let your ego voice guide you, yoga takes all of that and throws it in your face, proving that your true essence is not just hanging out at your convenience, but rather waiting on the outskirts, begging to be beckoned. Yoga tells you who is running the show- not your voice, your opinion or judgement, but rather your shortest links, your weakest voices, your harshest judgements etc. Yoga unveils the real you- good bad ugly and inflexible. Yoga is a slap back to true essence.

  • maria eugenia de medeiros

    Yoga is a jouney towards freedom.

  • Jen

    Yoga is Self awareness

  • Yoga is a lifesaver.

  • Kimberly

    A self religious practice beginning with your heart, and ending wherever you want to take it!!!

  • Mary

    Yoga is a Technology. An all encompassing way to live life.

  • Jen

    Yoga is integration

  • Yoga is anything you want/need it to be! That is the beauty of it!

  • paige

    Yoga is a path you can take to discover the divine inside of yourself.

  • Life :)

  • nicolle

    yoga is…consciousness

  • Dina

    Yoga is skill in action

  • amb

    The gradual elevation from that which maintains all fear, suffering and attachment to the physical, egotistical world into the realm of the pure Universal Spirit. The transformation of stormy waters to the calm reality and pure vision of what IS.

  • vishal

    life

  • Chris

    Yoga is a journey that has no end or specific destiny. The experience (or practice) will go wherever you take it. Yoga, just like life and relationships, is a reflection of your efforts… you get back what you put into it. ~om shanti om

  • Jimmie White

    Art and Science often blur together. Yoga is both. Yes there is a boat load of philosophy that gets thrown into the mix but ultimately who’s philosophy to buy into or not buying into any of the philosophy is up to the individual . You cannot remove the biology and kinesthesiology from yoga. The art of yoga is in the eye or mind of the practitioner should they choose to view it.

  • Priscilla

    …a way of life

  • JAM

    Yoga, for me, is a blend of art, science and a philosophy that nutures and enhances my quality of life everyday!

  • Michelle

    A best friend!!

  • FFF

    Since the breath is yoga and we must breathe to live, I believe yoga is a way of being in the world, of seeing and observing without judgment our lives, of starting where one is at any given moment and acting from a strong center so that we are acting not reacting. Yoga is a means by which one can be open and strong in our dealings with ourselves and with others.

  • Jena Marie DiPinto

    Yoga is everything. :)

  • null

    yoga is a bunch of new-agey hippy speak to try to win a contest. yoga is about moksha. get over it.

    also iyengar already published a translation and commentary on the yoga sutras. how is this different?

  • Shane Veitch

    A Marketing Machine

  • Madeline

    Yoga is a religion!

  • moya

    when I read the Gnostic Gospels I was surprised that Jesus was teaching yoga in them.

  • Yoga is a path, with many forks, which leads back to the Source.

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