It is one year ago today B.K.S. Iyengar left his earthly body at the age of 95. Though he left us in form, he certainly remains for many of us in spirit, and for even more of us through his long legacy of teachings. We might not have all been able to study with him in India, but luckily we can read about others’ experiences, and of course we can also read his words through his books, including The Tree of Yoga and Light on Yoga, which many refer to as the Bible of yoga asana.
Perhaps one of the most unique perspectives we can gain is from a collection of teachings, class notes and correspondence compiled by Iyengar’s student Noëlle Perez-Christiaens in a book called Sparks of Divinity. The book offers an inspiring combination of wisdom from B.K.S. Iyengar and insight from his pupil on Guruji’s teachings from 1959 to 1975. And while we can’t turn back time (or time travel to the 60s) we can at least peek into, and gain knowledge from, the teachings that came to life back then and continued to become the foundation for modern yoga. We are delighted to be able to give away copies of it to YD readers.
More info on how to enter below.
WIN: Three lucky winners will receive a copy of Sparks of Divinity: The Teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar from 1959 to 1975, a collection of the teachings of yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar first published in a French-English bilingual edition in 1976, courtesy of Rodmell Press. (TIP: Check out them out on facebook for regular giveaways of their other great books.)
TO ENTER: For this one, we’re going simple. At one point or another we’ve all had a teacher or teachers who have made a special and significant impact on our lives, steering us in the right direction, teaching us important lessons, or maybe just being someone to talk to when we needed it most. Maybe you never had a chance to extend your gratitude or maybe you’ve already sent dozens of thank you notes. Either way, we’re giving you an opportunity now. To enter today’s giveaway, share with us a simple thank you note to a teacher in your life, whether in yoga or beyond. Leave your entry in the comments below, on facebook, or on twitter (for social media, be sure to tag @yogadork and @RodmellPress)
Giveaway will remain open until 11:59pm Monday, August 24th. Three winners will be chosen at random and announced soon after. Good luck!
UPDATE: And our winners are…Genevieve Rohan, Tess and Gina Cole! Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter and say a thank you to the important teachers in your life.
photo credit Coni Hörler
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