The Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada/Association canadienne de yoga Iyengar, (IYAC/ACYI) is holding its annual conference in London, Ontario on October 20-23.
This is a landmark year for Iyengar yoga practitioners all over the world as B.K.S. Iyengar’s first book, Light on Yoga, was published half a century ago. Delegates will mark the milestone with an evening of stories and remembrances of B.K.S. Iyengar.
Light on Yoga is often referred to as the “bible of yoga” and has become a reference book for yoga practitioners the world over, regardless of the method they practice. Still in print after multiple editions, Light on Yoga has been translated into 17 languages.
B.K.S. Iyengar took five years to write Light on Yoga, distilling his intense yoga experience, which began as a teenager under the often severe guidance of his brother-in-aw, T. Krishnamacharya - one of the great twentieth century yogis. Yehudi Menuhin, the violin virtuosi, became Mr. Iyengar’s yoga student in the early 1950’s, and later credited him with being his “best violin teacher.”
For a man who did not finish primary school, who struggled in childhood with multiple illnesses, and who lived his early adult years in poverty and sometimes ridicule for his devotion to yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar achieved fame and respect in India and Europe before he had even published his seminal work.
What makes Light on Yoga so remarkable? It is considered the definitive guide to the philosophy and practice of yoga with 200 photographs of yoga poses, or asanas; instructions on yoga breathing, pranayama; therapeutic “prescriptions” for health issues; and a summary of yoga philosophy.
The IYAC/ACYI conference takes place at the DoubleTree by Hilton in London, Ontario from October 20-23. Twenty of the most senior Iyengar teachers in Canada will share the teaching for the conference, in various classes and workshops. Among them will be Karen Major, Director of a long- standing Iyengar yoga studio in London, Yoga Centre London.
Karen says: “I’m very excited to welcome more than 100 Iyengar yoga teachers and students to London from across Canada. We love these annual events where we can spend time learning from each other, and then going back to share this knowledge with students across Canada.”
For more information on Iyengar yoga in Canada and to find a certified Iyengar teacher, please go to www.iyengaryogacanada.com .