March 5, 2015: Vancouver, Canada - A conference in North Vancouver in May will celebrate the life and legacy of one of the greatest yoga masters, B.K.S. Iyengar, who died in August 2014, at age 95. Time Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th Century.
India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, was successful in December 2014 in his appeal to the United Nations to designate June 21 as International Yoga Day. In making this call, Modi wanted to protect India’s yoga traditions from the commodification of yoga. When speaking of India losing the cultural ownership of yoga, he said: “Yoga … embodies unity of mind and body… It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”
The four-day North Vancouver workshop will immerse Canadian Iyengar yoga practitioners in the roots of yoga, by bringing one of India’s top yoga teachers to Vancouver to deepen that connection. Zubin Zarthoshtimanesh is a long-time devotee of B.K.S. Iyengar. Zubin lives in Mumbai where he runs a thriving Iyengar yoga studio and passes on the teachings of his guru. From May 7 to 10, he will present 16 hours of instruction in breath work and postures (pranayama and asana) to Iyengar yoga students from across Canada at the annual conference of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada/Association Canadienne de yoga Iyengar (IYAC/ACYI).
Zubin is quick to dedicate International Yoga Day to B.K.S. Iyengar. In a recent interview from Mumbai, Zubin said: “Our Prime Minister has spoken for our culture in announcing an International Yoga Day (June 21st). For us though it will always be December 14th, ‘Guruji’s’ birthday, because Iyengar is the centre of our universe.”
The conference takes place at Capilano University from May 7-10 and is open to students of Iyengar yoga from across Canada. Register online or visit the website at www.iyengaryogacanada.com.
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