36/108 of What Will Be

 

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I just read a review of the new book by B.K.S. Iyengar called “Core of the Yoga Sutra>  The Definitive Guide to the Philosophy of Yoga”.  In the notes on the book it is discussed how Iyengar has reordered the original 196 sutras, than separates them into fifteen sections that represent the different aspects of the yoga path.  Since I read this review, about 48 hours ago, I have been locked in thought about the skill and grace it must take a 94 year old, as Iyengar is, to keep looking at the same text and seeing something new and inviting to continue to talk about.  It’s got to be similar to headstands.  We stand on our heads or hands to feel a sense of balance, realignment and open to a new perspective.  In headstand our opportunity to look at things differently is a given.  I think it’s also about compassion, moving out of the “I”and into the “you”.  Our perspective needs to shaken up and aroused so that as creatures of habit we learn to respond and not get stuck along the familiar and steady course.  I look forward to getting my hands on this latest book by the great yoga master Iyengar and finding out what more can be said about the fabulous Yoga Sutras. For now though, I may just continue reading Patanjali’s interpretation while in handstand.

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