When I began yoga over 15 years ago I read from cover to cover B.K.S. Iyengar’s book – ‘The Path to Holistic Health’; it is still a book I dip into from time but his book – ‘Light On Life’ is one of my favourite books to read and I’m reading again at the moment; each time I find something new to underline, to think deeply about. Iyengar said :
‘It took me whole decades to appreciate the depth and true value of yoga.’
I am still very much the eternal beginner and sometimes feel I should know so much more but then you take time to look back and you can appreciate how you have grown, how you have found an inner peace. When people ask me what yoga means to me I can never really put it into words – it is a spiritual discipline for me, a grace, a gentleness, a way of being on and off the mat – yoga has helped me deal with the inevitable difficulties we all suffer and truly is one of the most important things in my life – these words from Mr. Iyengar very much resonate with me.
‘The light that yoga sheds on life is something special. It is transformative. It does not change the way we see things; it transforms the person who sees.’
‘Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life. Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known existed.’ B.K.S. Iyengar