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BKS Iyengar Interview

Jane Munro, of Vancouver BC, is a dedicated yogi and noted poet. She has often been inspired by her studies at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India.  Her reflections on these studies figure in her recently published memoir, Open Every Window (Douglas & McIntyre, 2021).

The excerpt below describes Jane’s encounter with B.K.S. Iyengar in Pune in 2009. As we mark the anniversary of his birth (14 December 1918), this story reveals for us just a bit of the wisdom he offered to us throughout his long life.



Excerpted from the book Open Every Window: A Memoir, © 2021, by Jane Munro. Published by Douglas & McIntyre and excerpted with permission of the publisher.

[A few notes: Shirley (Daventry French), mentioned in the excerpt above, is a senior Iyengar yoga teacher in Victoria BC, and one of the earliest yoga practitioners in Canada to delve into the yoga of B.K.S. Iyengar. The newsletter is that of the Iyengar Yoga Centre of Victoria. The full interview with Mr. Iyengar was published in Yoga Rahasya (Vol. 21 No. 1, 2014 pp. 14 – 33) ; it can also be viewed on Jane’s website at:]

To learn more about Jane and to find more of her work, go to:

Open Every Window – prose memoir

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