The passing of B.K.S. Iyengar last month rocked the yoga world, and prompted us here at Yoga Travel Tree to reflect on what we've learned from this amazing teacher. We chose some of our favorite quotes from this Guru, and attempted to put into words our interpretation of his teachings. [wp_ad_camp_1] These are some of the words from Iyengar that we felt a connection with, and we hope you can share with us some of your favorite quotes and what they meant to you!
"Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”
Among many things, a regular and developed yoga practice provides us with the tools we need to handle the tough things life throws at us. It helps us to solve problems, realize how truly important (or more commonly, how totally not-important) things are, and can help us find the strength inside ourselves to overcome that which we can't change for ourselves. Everything we need to survive and thrive in any situation is hidden within us, yoga helps us find it.
“Action is movement with intelligence. The world is filled with movement. What the world needs is more conscious movement, more action.”
He's totally right. When we look around, there's no much movement, most of which is purposeless. The white noise of the mundane often takes over the radio station of the mind, and we need to really and truly work to move with a purpose. Take action, stop adding to the chaos of life and life with reason.
“Be inspired but not proud.”
Live every day with a passion-filled purpose, but stay humble. Humility helps keep the mind clear and your true goals in sight.
“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.”
In art school the teachers would tell us "we're not teaching you to draw, we're teaching you to see." Yoga does the same thing, only more. We stop seeing the fuzz, the lines, what we think we already know, and with practice we can begin to go more deeply, past all these things. With Yoga we can begin to see the light and shadow, the movement, and eventually the purpose of ourselves.
“If we become aware of its limitations and compulsions, we can transcend them.”
As some other famous person (Picasso maybe?) said "First you have to know the rules before you can break them." Iyengar says, we must learn the boundaries of ourselves before we can push them, mold them and eventually grow and break through into the unknown. Yoga helps us understand our physical limits, meditation helps us understand our spiritual limits, and math helps me understand my mental limits. By combining yoga, breathing and meditation (no math, don't worry), we can begin to really understand our whole selves and break down barriers we set for ourselves.
“There is only one reality, but there are many ways that reality can be interpreted.”
In other words, attitude is everything! How you perceive things has a huge outcome on your day to day life, and it's up to you to make the most of reality. Look on the bright side and do your best to make the most of hard situations.
“Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they're meant to be."
I'm sure I'm not the only one who was afraid of change at one point or another. Yoga, among other things, can help us to see the beauty in change, or at the very least help us learn to accept it. Change can go one of two ways, it can be pleasant or ugly, but no matter what, it's necessary for life to move forward. We need change to improve, to grow, to learn and to make a difference.