YogaBasics Link Roundup – Iyengar, Yoga Teacher Secrets & Menstruation

Yoga Basics link roundup

In this week’s YogaBasics Link Roundup we’ve decided to share some reflections from around the web on the passing of one of yoga’s greatest teachers: B.K.S. Iyengar. Iyengar’s recent death has had a huge impact on yogis around the world, which has been reflected by a storm of eulogies, tributes and stories on the web.  As usual, we’ve also included some links to other interesting and informative stories we’ve found in recent weeks. Enjoy!

Remembering B.K.S. Iyengar, 1918-2014 – Yoga Basics’s tribute to Iyengar’s work and legacy.

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My teacher, Mr Iyengar: a former pupil remembers the yoga master

• I Attended the Ceremonies & Cremation of BKS Iyengar – A candid report on Iyengar’s funeral: “Thousands of people had gathered by now so our time to offer our respects was greatly limited. Still, to touch into the depth of that moment, to feel the spiritual presence from the rituals being performed, was one of the most profound moments of my life. I have been to funerals, have even seen cremations in Varanasi (India’s holiest city to die) but had never experienced anything like this.”

• Learning With Iyengar, Learning Against Iyengar – A powerful critique at the dark side of Iyengar’s legacy.

Video Interview of Iyengar from Enlighten Up!  – This isn’t new, but it is my all time favorite interview of Iyengar.

Below are the some recent interesting and informative yoga posts we’ve found recently:

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• 18 Convincing Reasons To Give Yoga Another Try – Number 14: “To overcome challenges. The great thing about yoga is that you don’t have to be “good” to start. Each practice is your own, and you’re only competing against yourself to hold poses longer, stretch deeper or increase concentration.”

• How to Keep Your Teaching Fresh: Yoga Instructors Share Their Secrets – A selection of tips from seven yoga teachers on “how they keep their teaching fresh, for themselves and for their students.”

• There’s No Reason to Skip Headstands During Your Period –  “But after nearly 10 years of yoga classes, and countless instructors telling me not to invert if I’m menstruating, I realized I’d never heard a teacher explain why. Is there a legitimate medical reason to keep your feet on the ground during your period?”

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Portraits of a Sadhu –  A beautiful yet haunting film on the sādhus (yoga ascetics) residing at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu.


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