B. K. S. Iyengar with John J. Evans and Douglas Abrams. Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom. Vancounver: Raincoast Books, 2005. Hardcover, 282 pp.
B. K. S. Iyengar has become a household name in the West. Largely thanks to his efforts, Hatha-Yoga is today practiced—at least in the form of the yogic postures (asana)—by literally millions of people.
What most of these practitioners, including many of Iyengar’s own students, have failed to understand or put into practice is that Yoga is first and foremost a spiritual discipline. This book sets the record straight: The Iyengar system also entails the spiritual, philosophical, and moral dimension of Yoga. Iyengarites take note!
Sri Iyengar himself has long pursued Yoga, even the postures, with a spiritual goal in mind. Over the years, his interest in and study of the deeper aspects of the yogic heritage have become both more intensive and more apparent.
Today when one reads any of Sri Iyengar’s writings, one cannot fail to be inspired and impressed by his great wisdom. He has become an “ocean of knowledge” in the field of Yoga. The present book is again full of wonderful nuggets of wisdom, which can serve any student of any type of Yoga well. It demonstrates that there is Yoga beyond asana practice.
Thank you, Sri Iyengar, for addressing the most vital issues of Yoga in this mature work. Your asana teaching has brought health to countless people. May your insights now also bring them understanding, happiness, and inner freedom.
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