Patanjala Yoga – more than “a little stretching”
Of course, practicing on the mat is the core of our practice. But our asana practice fits into a larger philosophical picture. I have a precious memory of sitting in the RIMYI library in Pune, India with Guruji. It’s the basement of the Institute and a number of us were sitting at the long table studying, he was at the entrance at his desk. He lifted his head from his work and started complaining about how we all were calling his approach to the subject “Iyengar Yoga”. (This was quite a while ago). He wanted it to be known as Patanjala Yoga. He was making a point that his life’s work, his teaching, and his practice to penetrate the subject was always based on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
While we are all stuck at home these days it could be the perfect time to do some reading about Patanjali and look into the sutras if you haven’t yet. Here’s a quick link to order a paper or kindle copy of Light on The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by BKS Iyengar.Continue reading “More than “A Little Stretching””