Mr Iyengar has left behind a wealth of resource material to further the study of yoga - in the form of books, interviews, video and audio recordings.  A brief listing of books is available here

 
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Invocation to Sage Patanjali

We say this invocation at the beginning of the class.  Includes english transliteration, meaning, and a commentary by Geetaji on the significance of the invocation.

Download the invocation to Patanjali



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Samadhi - BKS Iyengar

Beautiful video from 1977 of Mr Iyengar practicing and teaching. Scratchy but awe inspiring - especially from the 10th minute of Mr. Iyengar practicing with and instructing a small group of practitioners.  Samadhi was made by the Film and Television Institute  of India and won a Silver Lotus.  Though original citations mention 22 mins., this  video is only about 14 mins long.

Link to youtube video


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Sadhaka - the Yoga of BKS Iyengar

This is a feature-length documentary film about Mr. B.K.S. Iyengar's practice, life and influence. The film is currently in post–production editing.  A delightfully extended trailer, and other videos are available for viewing.

Link to the website of the film


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Addiction recovery and Yoga

Feature documentary on how people, with serious addiction problems, have used yoga as part of their recovery in 12 step programs, to a new life of health and emotional stability.

Link to youtube video


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The Practice of Women During the Whole Month

lecture given by Dr Geeta S. Iyengar in Poland during her visit to Europe in 2002. Published by the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS). With her usual generosity and care, Geetaji has edited and added to the lecture for its publication. Succinctly and clearly she explains how women should adjust their practice to the hormonal changes of the menstrual cycle. All teachers, men and women, and all female practitioners will find this an invaluable source of knowledge and wisdom which will enhance their practice and understanding of the marvellous and vast subject of Yoga

(the practice room conducts periodic workshops on adapting the practice of yoga to womens monthly hormonal cycle)

Link to the pdf document on the IYNAUS website


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BKS Iyengar on Pranayama

As with asana, Mr Iyengar's approach to pranayama was revolutionary - removing the veils of mystery and misinformation, and making this subject available to the average practitioner.  Following the clear direction given by Patanjali in the yoga sutras, pranayama is introduced only once a level of proficiency is reached in the practice of asanas.  Pranayama is introduced, gradually and safely, to be incorporated in the personal practice of the student in an intelligent manner.

Mr. Iyengar has left behind a wealth of information on pranayama, including the seminal book 'Light on Pranayama' - a must-have resource for anyone interested in unravelling the deeper and subtler workings of the breath.

We transcribed this brief 12 minute informal talk given by Guruji on pranayama because it explains the the profound subject with such matter of fact elegance.

Link to the downloadable pdf document of the transcript


The 108 names of Patanjali

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The most subtle of the five great elements (pancha mahabhuta) is ether (akasha). And sound (Sabda) is the subtle characteristic of ether.

The sanskrit language - passed on orally for centuries before being transcribed into written text - harnesses the power of sound. For us as students of yoga, it is important to get familiar with the sounds of sanskrit - it is the language in which Patanjali composed the yoga sutras. Even if the meanings of the words are not accessible to us, and we are working with translations of the text, being able to say the sutras out aloud has its own joy.

Here is an entry into exploring the sounds of sanskrit - through the 108 names of Patanjali - an endeavour worthy in itself.

The translation and transliteration are by Siddhartha Krishna, a practitioner of yoga, and a student of vedanta and sanskrit from a very young age.

Link to downloadable pdf document