Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace,

Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace,


    Kindle Welcome to the Kindle ereader store LifeBKS Iyengar hailed as the Michelangelo of yoga BBC and considered by many to be the most important living yoga master has spent much of his life introducing the modern world to the ancient practice of yoga Yoga s on Life: The Kindle Ø popularity is soaring, but its widespread acceptance as an exercise for physical fitness and the recognition of its health benefits have not been matched by an understanding of the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development that the yogic tradition can also offer In Light on Life,BKS Iyengar brings readers this new and complete understanding of the yogic journeyHere Iyengar explores the yogic goal to integrate the different parts of the self body, emotions, mind, and soul , the role that the yoga postures and breathing techniques play in our search for wholeness, the external and internal obstacles that keep us from progressing along the path, and how yoga can transform our lives and help us to live in harmony with the world around us For the first time, Iyengar uses stories from his own life, humor, and examples from modern culture to illustrate the profound gifts that yoga offers Written with the depth of this sage s great wisdom,Light on Life is the culmination of a master s spiritual genius, a treasured companion to his seminal Light on Yoga."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom
  • B.K.S. Iyengar
  • English
  • 03 February 2017
  • 1594862486

10 thoughts on “Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom

  1. Camille Cusumano Camille Cusumano says:

    I practiced Hatha yoga for 14 years before becoming a convert to Iyengar yoga in 1987 Iyengar is the only yoga discipline I know of where the teachers are trained in anatomy and physiology I have heard Mr Iyengar criticized for not having a spiritual bone in his body My repartee is that when you get deep into yoga you move beyond this dualistic thinking and see the body mind spirit soul as one This book is good for reading but it is highly advised you have a trained teacher guide you in t I practiced Hatha yoga for 14 years before becoming a convert to Iyengar yoga in 1987 Iyengar is the only yoga discipline I know of where the teachers are trained in anatomy and physiology I have heard Mr Iyengar criticized for not having a spiritual bone in his body My repartee is that when you get deep into yoga you move beyond this dualistic thinking and see the body mind spirit soul as one This book is good for reading but it is highly advised you have a trained teacher guide you in the asanas poses and their various modifications I love the preface by Yehudi Menunin Namaste


  2. Janet Papis Janet Papis says:

    Iyengar outlines Pantanjali s eight limbed path in a way that is clear and understandable by illustrating the steps in an applicable manner to the modern reader, yet intertwining concepts that are so true to his own style I especially liked his quote, Is it through the alignment of my body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence Alignment from the outermost body or sheath to the innermost is the way to bring our own personal Reality into contact with Universal Reali Iyengar outlines Pantanjali s eight limbed path in a way that is clear and understandable by illustrating the steps in an applicable manner to the modern reader, yet intertwining concepts that are so true to his own style I especially liked his quote, Is it through the alignment of my body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence Alignment from the outermost body or sheath to the innermost is the way to bring our own personal Reality into contact with Universal Reality This book sparked in me an interest and appreciation for Iyengar yoga, all the while bringing to light the eight limbs and the many layers that make up the yogic journey Iyengar describes the yogic journey as a hard journey stating there are no short cuts, but encouraging the reader by letting them know it is worthwhile and attainable by anyone This is one of those books I will be re reading multiple times There are too many concepts to grasp all at once, and I feel I will always gain something new from his teachings as my practice progresses


  3. Catherine Catherine says:

    This book is truly enlightening on all the finer aspects of yoga I have ever wondered about and which others mostly online blogging yogis have barely touched upon with any greater depth Iyengar thoroughly explains the layers of experience that we learn to inhabit and cultivate while maintaining a disciplined asana practice He uses many apt and articulate analogies that highlight the connectedness of yogic philosophy and physical practice in all of its esoteric complexity I finally learned e This book is truly enlightening on all the finer aspects of yoga I have ever wondered about and which others mostly online blogging yogis have barely touched upon with any greater depth Iyengar thoroughly explains the layers of experience that we learn to inhabit and cultivate while maintaining a disciplined asana practice He uses many apt and articulate analogies that highlight the connectedness of yogic philosophy and physical practice in all of its esoteric complexity I finally learned exactly what I wanted to know and then some on how yoga affects the nervous system and how it reorients the brain both in physiological terms and inesoteric terms i.e the difference and correlations between mind, brain, and natural intelligence working together He explains what it is I am really doing when I extend my limbs in an asana from the gross physiological perspective to the finer cellular perspective that goes beyond the boundaries of my body in the current space it occupies As well, he explores the roll of time in terms of how the mind processes experience and offers philosophies on the right use of memory and what it means to be always present but to move forward with pure and focused will He also explores the elements of nature and how asana practice helps us to embody and understand the merging and shaping of these elements within us The practice of yoga is nowfully appreciated as a vast exploration of inner space from which to live and act There is much spirituality in this book, with Iyengar making references to the sayings of Jesus and integrating ideas about ego, which I assume are intended for the Western reader In Hindu culture, problems of the ego are seenas psychic interference that arise and accumulate from a lack of self awareness Yoga provides a comprehensive and superior meditative practice to help meet, understand, and calm the interferences, eventually allowing one to begin to encounter the everlasting presence of the soul This is a book I am going to hang on to for a long time as it is a synthesis of a greater body of yogic wisdom imparted by one who has studied and lived it


  4. Brad Brad says:

    I m on my SECOND read in a row This never happens to me I ve just started over at the beginning Again, I m learning with every sentence I m a yoga instructor and there s so much here for each serious student of yoga to understand NO, EVERYONE who reads this book will learn so much about themselves This book delivers on it s title promise.


  5. Carol Carol says:

    B.K.S Iyengar is one of the most influential yogis in the world today He s written a large number of books on yoga and yoga related subjects I love yoga, and have many different yoga books Most of them are about the asanas or poses Light on Life is completely different from these Iyengar s interested in talking about what yoga really is he also wants to remove certain myths about yoga that people mistakenly believe.For Iyengar, yoga is a way of living yoga includes poses, breathing pr B.K.S Iyengar is one of the most influential yogis in the world today He s written a large number of books on yoga and yoga related subjects I love yoga, and have many different yoga books Most of them are about the asanas or poses Light on Life is completely different from these Iyengar s interested in talking about what yoga really is he also wants to remove certain myths about yoga that people mistakenly believe.For Iyengar, yoga is a way of living yoga includes poses, breathing pranyama , disciplining of the mind, ethics, meditation and much, muchI can t begin to explain how full of insight Light on Life is Nor can I explain how thoroughly Iyengar discusses so many different aspects of yoga Light on Life took me almost two years to read I bought it as a special gift to myself two or was it three Christmases ago, and I ve been reading it ever since There is so much here I am almost stumped about what to include here in my review.Perhaps I ll start with his discussion of asana practice Iyengar is determined in this chapter to make it clear that asanas aren t just a series of exercises Westerners have turned to yoga to get fit, and to get beautiful bodies If they diligently practice yoga, they will achieve both But for Iyengar, yoga is primarily a spiritual practice One of his famous phrases is Yoga is meditation and meditation is yoga Every time a person does yoga, he she practices meditation You cannot do yoga without becoming aware of your body, your moods, your passing thoughts, your desires, your emotional aches and pains, your physical aches and pains etc.Doing yoga changes a person because asanas give us the gift of awareness It doesn t happen instantly, but over a long period of time, and with diligent and long practices Did I mention that Iyengar believes in LONG practices and REGULAR practices Going once a week to a yoga class doesn t cut it You have to set up a regular routine in which you tune into your body daily This requires huge discipline, but it doesn t have to happen overnight He suggests starting with a mere 10 minutes in the morning Once you ve managed to do this over a period of time, you can practice for 12 minutes Change needs to be that gradual.In the asana chapter, Iyengar also spends a long time discussing what needs to be happening mentally and physically during a yoga practice Physically, you need to sweat I ve had trouble with this one, since I don t sweat easily In fact, it takes a lot to make me sweat, especially in the wintertime But beginners, he says, usually have this problem We don t work hard enough in the poses to sweat After a period of time, a wet practice starts to happen Hence the usual yoga instruction to bathe before and after your practice Okay You have to work hard in the poses But what happens mentally The main thing is awareness Let s say you re doing triangle pose Good yoga practice means thinking all the time about a how your feet are positioned b what s going in with your legs which way are they turned c how the insides of your body are expanding, contracting, filling space etc It s a very active, demanding practice.This book challenges me It s written from decades of experience The pictures of Iyengar and age 88 something doing incredible yoga postures are unbelievable Wow How can he do them His answer is just regular practice What an inspiring man I may never have the chance to meet Iyengar though I d like to , but I feel very grateful for his inspiring words and instructions Get this book if you re interested in expanding your yoga practice It s very inspiring


  6. Vanessa Vanessa says:

    It s too bad this title sounds so much like the other thousands of books out there on yoga, self improvement, etc This one brings clarity to the confused, contradictory, flimsy info on yoga s vision of the self, mind spirit, and Iyengar is always looking out for ways to make the information transferable to a western experience His thoughts on vanilla ice cream are particularly enlightening This one is different is just as familiar as the title, I know But it is different And also, I ju It s too bad this title sounds so much like the other thousands of books out there on yoga, self improvement, etc This one brings clarity to the confused, contradictory, flimsy info on yoga s vision of the self, mind spirit, and Iyengar is always looking out for ways to make the information transferable to a western experience His thoughts on vanilla ice cream are particularly enlightening This one is different is just as familiar as the title, I know But it is different And also, I just love Iyengar Look at that smile


  7. Carolina Batres-Quinonez Carolina Batres-Quinonez says:

    This will stay on my nightstand for the rest of my life, along with the Gita Currently reading forever


  8. Eva Eva says:

    I love yoga, so I figured I would love this book And if you already know chakras, yamas and niyamas, Patanjali, the sutras, and all that good stuff then this will be a worthwhile read Sometimes I find Iyengar to be a bit misogynistic, but I ve been told time and again that he s old school, from another culture, etc etc so I m trying not to include too much of that in my opinion of this book Yogis read this, it will deepen your practice Non yogis I don t think this is a good place to star I love yoga, so I figured I would love this book And if you already know chakras, yamas and niyamas, Patanjali, the sutras, and all that good stuff then this will be a worthwhile read Sometimes I find Iyengar to be a bit misogynistic, but I ve been told time and again that he s old school, from another culture, etc etc so I m trying not to include too much of that in my opinion of this book Yogis read this, it will deepen your practice Non yogis I don t think this is a good place to start The second half of the book reaching enlightenment was a little beyond me at this point Its a book I ll come back to for reference, but probably not read again cover to cover


  9. Lauren Lauren says:

    It is amazing that I am actually making any progress in this book I feel like I stop every paragraph to write a quote down This book is absolutely wonderful.


  10. Heather Heather says:

    Life changing I am really enjoying how it is changing my perspective on how I move through the world.


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Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom[Ebook] ➨ Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom By B.K.S. Iyengar – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk The world s leading teacher of yoga shows how we can transform ourselves by bringing yogic principles into all aspects of daily living Anyone and everyone can make the yogic journey and reach the goal Life: The eBook ´ The world s leading teacher of yoga shows how we can transform ourselves by bringing yogic principles into all aspects of daily living Anyone and everyone can make the yogic journey and reach the goal ofillumination and freedom from the introduction Light on eBook É to Light on LifeBKS Iyengar hailed as the Michelangelo of yoga BBC and considered by many to be the most important living yoga master has spent much of his life introducing the modern world to the ancient practice of yoga Yoga s on Life: The Kindle Ø popularity is soaring, but its widespread acceptance as an exercise for physical fitness and the recognition of its health benefits have not been matched by an understanding of the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development that the yogic tradition can also offer In Light on Life,BKS Iyengar brings readers this new and complete understanding of the yogic journeyHere Iyengar explores the yogic goal to integrate the different parts of the self body, emotions, mind, and soul , the role that the yoga postures and breathing techniques play in our search for wholeness, the external and internal obstacles that keep us from progressing along the path, and how yoga can transform our lives and help us to live in harmony with the world around us For the first time, Iyengar uses stories from his own life, humor, and examples from modern culture to illustrate the profound gifts that yoga offers Written with the depth of this sage s great wisdom,Light on Life is the culmination of a master s spiritual genius, a treasured companion to his seminal Light on Yoga.


About the Author: B.K.S. Iyengar

Life: The eBook ´ Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar Kannada , also known as Yogacharya BKS Iyengar Born December , in Bellur, Kolar District, Karnataka, India is the founder of Iyengar Yoga He is considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world and Light on eBook É has been practicing and teaching yoga forthan years He has written many books on yogic practice and philosophy, and is best known for his books Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, and Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali He has on Life: The Kindle Ø also written several definitive yoga texts Iyengar yoga centers are located throughout the world, and it is believed that millions of students practice Iyengar YogaHe was awarded the Padma Shri in , and the Padma Bhushan in BKS Iyengar was born into a poor Hebbar Iyengar family He had a difficult childhood Iyengar s home village of Belur, Karnataka, India, was in the grips of the influenza pandemic at the time of his birth, leaving him sickly and weak Iyengar s father died when he was years old, and he continued to suffer from a variety of maladies in childhood, including malaria, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, and general malnutritionAt the age of Iyengar went to live with his brother in law, the well known yogi, Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya in Mysore There, Iyengar began to learn asana practice, which steadily improved his health Soon he overcame his childhood weaknessesWith the encouragement of Krishnamacharya, Iyengar moved to Pune to teach yoga in There his practice developed as he spent many hours each day learning and experimenting in various techniques As his methods improved, the number of students at his classes increased and his fame spread In Pune, his brothers introduced him to Ramamani, whom he married in In , Iyengar met and befriended the famous violinist Yehudi Menuhin Menuhin arranged for Iyengar to teach abroad in London, Switzerland, Paris and elsewhere This was the first time that many Westerners had been exposed to yoga, and the practice slowly became well known The popularity of yoga in the West can in large part be attributed to Iyengar In , Light on Yoga, was published It gradually became an international best seller and was translated into languages Often called the bible of yoga, citation needed it succeeded in making yoga well known throughout the globe This was later followed by titles on pranayama and various aspects of yoga philosophy Mr Iyengar has authored booksIn , Iyengar opened the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, in memory of his departed wife He officially retired from teaching in , but continues to be active in the world of Iyengar Yoga, teaching special classes and writing books Iyengar s daughter Geeta and son Prashant have gained international acclaim as teachersIyengar has been named one of the most influential people in the world by Time Magazine.