Live from Mysore #6 (teachers)

I am really enjoying my morning practice with BNS Iyengar. His class is super fast. It’s about an hour and we do primary series which can take some people up to 2 hours. We get in and get to the point. He is a very loving man even when he is yelling. Here is a little info on him:

“Born Mysore State 1925 .Yogaratna BNS Iyengar studied yoga under the guidance of T.Krishnamacharya. In 1984, after extensive travel to holy places within India and many years of practice in retreat in his native village, he was invited by the Swami of Parakala Mutt to Direct the Patanjala Yogashala there. He was awarded the title of Yogavisharda by the maharaja of Mysore, and in 2000 the title of Yogaratna.

BNS Iyengar teaches what he calls Vinyasa Ashtanga Yoga in terms of asana this takes a middle course between the rigidly defined series of K.P Jois or the personal practice sequences of TKV Desikachar. Asanas are taught in base series Primary, Intermediate, Advanced A, Advanced B. these being adapted and extended to the needs of the student many of whom are insistant that the order as taught by KP Jois is the only correct one..However it is Yogavisharda Iyengar’s view that since asana is only 1 limb of the classical Ashtanga of Patanjali proficiency in primary and intermediate asanas is sufficient attainment for most practitioners. Who should then put their effort into more spiritually important limbs such as pranayama.”

Also found a meditation teacher. Nagaraja Suryanaryana Pande but he is teaching me way more than meditation. He talks to me everyday after our meditation for an hour about yogic pilosophy, pranayama, diet and more. He has an enormous amount of knowledge and calls himself a scientific yogi. Also he is not all that interested in the physical side of yoga. Which is what most of us are doing in the west. He is more interested in the other 7 limbs of Ashtanga yoga. Luckily he has allowed me to video tape our conversation so I will be able to review them later and with time actually retain the info.

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