Time flows like a river
Yoga has been going on for thousands of years. Even if we participate in the yoga practice for decades, it is still less than a drop in the bucket. Yoga will continue long after we are gone. As teachers, with any luck, we can contribute to an individual gaining some insight into their own life.
What fascinates me about BKS Iyengar
He studied with a teacher for 5 years. He wasn't fond of students calling his work "Iyengar Yoga". To him it was yoga. He didn't want to be called "guruji". His students were stubborn, and now many refer to him as guru. Iyengar Yoga is a common term, reserved for individuals who go through a process. I don't know if he was really keen on the certification process that bears his name. I've heard that Mr. Iyengar's daughter and son aren't fond of these certifications.
He was reluctant to marry. He told his wife to be that he would have to have time to practice. He would strive for perfection in the poses. Full well knowing that perfection wasn't possible. That in and of itself is such a noble effort. He constantly refined his poses and teaching. Inventing new poses and variations. When I was coming along in my teacher training, we were told that this was classical yoga. I really don't think so. Not in so much as the poses themselves. The approach to the practice was classical. The poses themselves were fresh, and inventive. He experimented on his own body and mind. Pushed the limits, and then came back to teach what he discovered. The only thing constant was his exploration. Many would study with him, then go home to teach what they learned. As if it was "the truth". What's true for a human can change. What's found in the practice changes. One teacher would come back from Pune and declare what they learned like it was gospel. Then another would come back with something else. They had participated in different places in Mr. Iyengar's experiment. Leaving us all not knowing what was right, or what was wrong. Right and wrong really don't have a place in the yoga practice. As long as we follow the yamas and niyamas. Especially the idea of "do no harm". And the search for truth.
How many times must I say it?
About as many times as there as students.