Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Guruji B.K.S Iyengar
Yogacharya B.K.S.Iyengar (Guruji) is a living legend who has taught yoga in unique way to all his students.
B.K.S. Iyengar is the pre-eminent yoga teacher of our times. He introduced yoga to the West and made it a household name. B.K.S. Iyengar is one of the foremost teachers of Yoga in the world and has been practicing and teaching for over sixty years. Millions of students now follow his method and there are Iyengar yoga centres all over the world. He has written many books on yogic practice and its philosophy including "Light on Yoga," "Light on Pranayama," "Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali" and more.His book Light on Yoga, published in 1966, is the best-selling yoga book of all times.
Internationally acknowledged as a master of yoga, Mr. Iyengar began teaching 70 years ago.Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar with his intellectual and spiritual practices has masterminded the techniques which can be used by all practitioners of yoga. "Research based experience" and "experience based research" has helped him in evolving this technique which is now known as"Iyengar Yoga".
Guruji B.K.S Iyengar in Kandasana-The Kundalini sleeps above the kanda (the place near the navel where the nadis unite and separate). It gives Mukti (emancipation) to the yogins and bondage to the fools. She or he who know her, knows Yoga.
"When I practice, I am a philosopher,When I teach, I am a scientist,When I demonstrate, I am an artist"

"...bring the mind to rest on each and every cell...each cell has to appear to me as if it has an intellectual eye. "

Yoga Master Pattabhi Jois
Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois is the Great Yoga Guru of India who was the student of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois was the son of an astrologer, who was also a priest. From an early age K. Pattabhi Jois was taught in Vedas and Hindu rituals as most other Brahmin boys. When K. Pattabhi Jois was twelve years old he attended a yoga demonstration at his middle school in Hassan. The next day he met the great Yoga teacher, T. Krishnamacharya, who had given the demonstration at school. Krishnamacharya learned yoga from his guru Rama Mohan Brahmachari in a cave in Tibet.
The Maharaja of Mysore, Krishna Rajendra Wodeyar fall ill. He came to know about the great Yogi, T. Krishnamacharya and asked him to cure him. Maharaja was cured and was very impressed at Krishnamacharya. Maharaja became a great patron of yoga and made one Yogashala on the ground of the place art gallery. From 1937 to 1973 Krishna Pattabhi Jois earned his professorship at the university, which granted him the title of "Vidvan".
Over the next 25 years, the practice spread through the United States, France, Germany, Russia, Japan, Israel, Chile, England, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc. K. Pattabhi Jois taught for 63 years in the same method he learned from his Guru.
Swami Sivananda
Swami Sivananda (1887–1963) was one of the great yoga masters of India. In his life he pursued two careers, that of a successful physician and that of a yogi and sage. His work always centred on serving others: “Every type of work that served to heal and relieve human suffering filled me with great joy.” For him, service was “love in expression”. In his ashram, the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh, Swami Sivananda taught a form of yoga that integrated all known yoga systems. In 1957, he instructed one of his closest disciples, Swami Vishnudevananda, “Go to the West. People are waiting” and sent him first to America and then to Europe to spread the teachings of yoga. "There is only one caste, the caste of humanity. There is only one religion, the religion of love. There is only one language, the language of the heart or the language of the silence...Expand thy heart." by Swami Sivananda

Swami Sivananda Radha
Founder and spiritual leader of Yasodhara Ashram, Kootenay Bay, British Columbia, Canada. Swami Radha (born Ursula Sylvia Hellman) was born March 20, 1911, in Germany and demonstrated psychic ability when only a child.Swami Sivananda Radha was among the first Westerners and first women to bring yoga to the West. In 1955 after having a powerful visionary experience of her guru, she left everything and traveled to India to meet Swami Sivananda.In February 1956, she was initiated into sanyas, a commitment to a life of selfless service and renunciation, and was asked to return to Canada to start an ashram -Radha Yoga centres and many centres of Light.One of the famous books was- Kundalini Yoga for the West.

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