B.K.S. Iyengar Quotes & Wallpapers

B.K.S. Iyengar
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The highest point of yesterday should be the lowest point of today B.K.S. Iyengar

Regulate the breathing, and thereby control the mind. B.K.S. Iyengar

When stability becomes a habit, maturity and clarity follow. B.K.S. Iyengar

The lotus grows in muddy waters but this flower does not show any trace of it: So we have to live in the world. B.K.S. Iyengar

Asana is perfect firmness of body, steadiness of intellect, and benevolence of spirit. B.K.S. Iyengar

The material body has a practical reality that is accessible. It is here and now, and we can do something with it. However, we must not forget that the innermost part of our being is also trying to help us. It wants to come out to the surface and express itself. B.K.S. Iyengar

As long as you do not feel the serenity in the body, in each and every joint, there is no chance for emancipation. You are in bondage. So while you are sweating and aching, let your heart be light and let it fill your body with gladness. You are not only becoming free, but you are also being free. What is not to be glad about? The pain is temporary. The freedom is permanent. B.K.S. Iyengar

Life itself seeks fulfillment as plants seek sunlight. B.K.S. Iyengar

When I stretch, I stretch in such a way that my awareness moves, and a gate of awareness finally opens B.K.S. Iyengar

Think light! Try to impart a feeling of lightness to the body. Think light. This can be achieved by mentally extending yourself outwards from the centre of the body, i.e., think tall. Think not just of raising your arms but of extending them outwards and when you are holding them still, think again of reaching still further away from your body. Do not think of yourself as a small compressed suffering thing. Think of yourself as graceful and expanding - no matter how unlikely it may seem at the time. B.K.S. Iyengar

In your discipline, if doubt comes let it come. Do your work - let doubt carry on with its work and see which gives up first! B.K.S. Iyengar

Freedom in a posture is when every joint is active. B.K.S. Iyengar

The sleeping tortoise takes all its limbs into its carapace. So does the yogi: going back into himself he does not see anything worldly any longer, he makes peace in himself. B.K.S. Iyengar

You must fill every inch of your body with the asana from your chest and arms and legs to the tips of your fingers and toes so that the asana radiates from the core of your body and fills the entire diameter and circumference of your limbs. You must feel your intelligence, your awareness, and your consciousness in every inch of your body. B.K.S. Iyengar

One has to see oneself through one's actions, works, and mind. Knowing the Self by the self is not as easy as writing that line. A ? yogi sees things in every movement he makes, maybe when practicing, maybe when teaching, or maybe when talking to people. You should have courage in your convictions and pursue what is dear to you all these years. B.K.S. Iyengar

In Savasana or in meditation, the light of the eyes is drawn towards the lotus of the heart, so that the seat of the intelligence of the head is brought into contact with the seat of the intelligence of the heart, which is called the mind. Thus one passes from the individualistic state of consciousness to the universal state of consciousness. It is the merging of the intellect of the brain with the intellect of the soul. B.K.S. Iyengar

Through surrender the aspirant's ego is effaced, and . . . grace . . . pours down upon him like a torrential rain. B.K.S. Iyengar

My Maman told me that only the crazy ones and the passionate ones accomplish anything in life. B.K.S. Iyengar

The breath must be enticed or cajoled, like catching a horse in a field, not by chasing after it, but by standing still with an apple in one's hand. B.K.S. Iyengar

We are creatures that are designed for continual challenge. We must grow or we begin to die....So just standing still isn't really an option. We have to move on. If not, disturbances will come. B.K.S. Iyengar

Any action done with beauty and purity, and in complete harmony of body, mind and soul, is Art. B.K.S. Iyengar

Without the accurate spine movement, one can't exist dynamically. B.K.S. Iyengar

That's the beauty of backbends. Emotionally we can never be disturbed, for the emotional centre becomes an extrovert. When you do Viparita Dandasana, your head looks backwards, but your conscious mind stretches everywhere. Study by observing how the mind gets regulated. You not only know the freedom in the spine, but also the freedom in the spirit. B.K.S. Iyengar

Love begets courage, moderation creates abundance and humility generates power B.K.S. Iyengar

Training of the mind and body leads to awareness of the soul B.K.S. Iyengar

Asanas penetrate deep into each layer of the body and ultimately into the consciousness itself. B.K.S. Iyengar

This practice of yoga is to remove the weeds from the body so that the garden can grow. B.K.S. Iyengar

Nothing can be forced, receptivity is everything. B.K.S. Iyengar

We must create a marriage between the awareness of the body and that of the mind. When two parties do not cooperate, there is unhappiness on both sides. B.K.S. Iyengar

The union of nature and soul removes the veil of ignorance that covers our intelligence. B.K.S. Iyengar

As breath stills our mind, our energies are free to unhook from the senses and bend inward. B.K.S. Iyengar

As we explore the soul, it is important to remember that this exploration will take place within nature (the body), for that is where and what we are. B.K.S. Iyengar

Willpower is nothing but willingness to do. B.K.S. Iyengar

Asanas maintain the strength and health of the body, without which little progress can be made. Asanas keep the body in harmony with nature B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga is about the will, working with intelligence and self-reflexive consciousness, can free us from the inevitability of the wavering mind and outwardly directed senses. B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga is firstly for individual growth, but through individual growth, society and community develop. B.K.S. Iyengar

We often fool ourselves that we are concentrating because we fix our attention on wavering objects. B.K.S. Iyengar

Do not think of yourself as a small, compressed, suffering thing. Think of yourself as graceful and expanding, no matter how unlikely it may seem at the time. B.K.S. Iyengar

You must do the asana with your soul. How can you do an asana with your soul? We can only do it with the organ of the body that is closest to the soul - the heart. So a virtuous asana is done from the heart and not from the head. Then you are not just doing it, but you are in it. Many people try to think their way into an asana, but you must instead feel your way into it through love and devotion B.K.S. Iyengar

I do' bring yesterday's poses to today's practice. I know yesterday's poses, but when I practice today I become a beginner. I do' want yesterday's experience. I want to see what new understanding may come in addition to what I felt up to now. B.K.S. Iyengar

If everyone practiced yoga, pharmacies would have to close. B.K.S. Iyengar

When an asana is done correctly the body movements are smooth, there is lightness in the body and freedom in the mind. B.K.S. Iyengar

Yes, flexibility of body and physical perfection for Yogasana is important. However more important is the state of your mind, Meditative mind. Your flexibility might be excellent but if your mind is not attentive, you are merely doing some physical exercise, not Yoga. B.K.S. Iyengar

If you open the armpits, the brain becomes light. You cannot brood or become depressed. B.K.S. Iyengar

Sirsasana the king of all asanas and the reasons are not hard to find. B.K.S. Iyengar

While doing the postures, your mind should be in half-consciousn ess, which does not mean sleep. It means silence, emptiness, space, which can then be filled with an acute awareness of the sensations given by the posture. You watch yourself from inside. It is a full silence. B.K.S. Iyengar

Lack of knowledge is the source of all pains and sorrows whether dormant, attenuated, interrupted or fully active. B.K.S. Iyengar

The practice of asanas purges the body of its impurities, bringing strength, firmness, calm, and clarity of mind. B.K.S. Iyengar

The flexibility we gain in asana is the living symbol of the suppleness we gain in relation to life's problems and challenges. B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga is the rule book for playing the game of Life, but in this game no one needs to lose. It is tough, and you need to train hard. It requires the willingness to think for yourself, to observe and correct, and to surmount occasional setbacks. It demands honesty, sustained application, and above all love in your heart. B.K.S. Iyengar

We have two physical eyes, but every pore of the body is also an eye. B.K.S. Iyengar

To be dull is easy, to be active requires tremendous work. B.K.S. Iyengar

What I was is unimportant, what I am now is important. B.K.S. Iyengar

Balance in the body is the foundation for balance in life. B.K.S. Iyengar

Do not allow past experiences to be imprinted on your mind. Perform asanas each time with a fresh mind and with a fresh approach. If you are repeating what you did before, you are living in the memory, so you are living in the past. That means you don't want to proceed beyond the experience of the past. Retaining that memory is saying, 'Yesterday I did it like that.' When I ask, 'Is there anything new from what I did yesterday?' then there is progress. Am I going forward or am I going backward? Then you understand how to create dynamism in a static asana. B.K.S. Iyengar

Nothing is achieved by a mind that doubts B.K.S. Iyengar

Firmness in the body leads to firmness in the nervous system. B.K.S. Iyengar

As a breeze ruffles the surface of a lake and distorts the images reflected therein, so also the chitta vrtti (fluctuations of mind) disturb the peace of the mind. The still waters of a lake reflect the beauty around it. When the mind is still, the beauty of the Self is seen reflected in it. B.K.S. Iyengar

Why should you practice Yoga? To kindle the divine fire within yourself. Everyone has a dormant spark of divinity in him which has to be fanned into flame. B.K.S. Iyengar

Don't practice for cosmetic beauty, practice for cosmic beauty. Practice for inner beauty and inner light. B.K.S. Iyengar

When the restlessness of the mind, intellect and self is stilled through the practice of Yoga, the yogi by the grace of the Spirit within himself finds fulfillment. B.K.S. Iyengar

A yogi never forgets that health must begin with the body. . . .Physical health is not a commodity to be bargained for. Nor can it be swallowed in the form of drugs and pills. . . . It is something that we must build up. You have to create within yourself the experience of beauty, liberation, and infinity. This is health. B.K.S. Iyengar

One's spiritual realization lies in none other than how one walks among and interacts with one's fellow beings. B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life. B.K.S. Iyengar

The commercialism may wash off sometime later. B.K.S. Iyengar

I always tell people, live happily and die majestically. B.K.S. Iyengar

The supreme adventure in a man's life is his journey back to his Creator. To reach the goal he needs well developed and co-ordinated functioning of his body, senses, mind, reason and Self. B.K.S. Iyengar

If we become aware of its limitations and compulsions, we can transcend them. B.K.S. Iyengar

As a well cut diamond has many facets, each reflecting a different color of light, so does the word yoga, each facet reflecting a different shade of meaning and revealing different aspects of the entire range of human endeavor to win inner peace and happiness. B.K.S. Iyengar

We can wash the skin of our bodies with a bath, but through asana practice we not only purify our blood and cells, we are cleansing the inner body as we practice. B.K.S. Iyengar



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