BKS Iyengar & Tzahi

In memory of Sri BKS Iyengar (written 8/28/14)

It wasn't so long ago when I entered The Yoga Room as a fresh, fearful, exuberant yoga teacher trainee. As the program progressed I fell in love with our asana clinics and extensive asana guide, Light On Yoga by BKS Iyengar. The clinics, led by Tzahi Moskowitz, were the part of training when we learned about a pose and were taught how to deconstruct it so it made sense for our bodies. Tzahi often mentioned his teacher Mary Dunn and referenced his time in Pune with great respect and love. I began to understand what it meant to have a teacher in the yoga community, the importance, the guidance. After receiving my teacher training certificate I needed to allow an injury to heal. This injury required me to alter my usual vinyasa practice and instead of halting my practice, I went to Tzahi classes. I learned to accomodate for my injury, work with my body, and practice with a diverse, devoted group of people. With the passing of BKS Iyengar, I reflect on these experiences. It has become clear to me that a solid foundation built of the knowledge and relationship with your yoga mentor and teacher/s has a lasting and profound impact to your students. I am so grateful for my time learning from the Iyengar lineage. Although BKS Iyengar no longer lives in the material and physical world, spiritually he's with us.