Communal Dedication to B.K.S Iyengar
Our National Association, the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS) has organized a commumal dedication to Mr. Iyengar. Below is their letter to us:
Dear IYNAUS Members,
We wanted to remind you about the communal dedication to the memory of Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at 8:30 pm EDT (7:30 pm Central, 6:30 p.m Mountain, 5:30 p.m. Pacific, 4:30pm Alaska, 2:30pm Hawaii) for all IYNAUS members and any others who would like to join us.
We are hoping that as many of us as possible, in our own practice spaces or at our yoga schools and institutes, practice the following sequence of asanas. Except for Tadasana, we leave the timings to your best judgment. We ask that you hold Guruji in your hearts as you practice:
5 minutes seated quietly
You might like to know of two observations that will be taking place at RIMYI in the coming days: a Shradhanjali meeting on Saturday, August 30, and Vaikunta Samaradhana on Monday, September 1, which marks the end of the traditional thirteen day period of mourning.
In conversation with member Popsi Narashiman and his wife Tulasi Srinivas, who teaches religion and anthropology at Emerson College, we would like for you to also consider honoring the customary Hindu/Iyengar tradition of performing a commemorative ritual for Guruji at any time on the 13th day after his passing, Monday, September 1st. Popsi notes that the 13th day is thought to be “celebratory in nature and marks the termination of mourning and returning to normal life. This also signifies when the soul is said to be liberated.”
Possible ritual observences you might consider for September 1st include decorating a photo of Guruji with flowers and lighting a lamp or candle and incense in your practice area. A short practice or meditation along with sutra chanting would be additional ways to honor his memory. Finally, an act of charity to others would also be seen as a positive way to commemorate his innumerable contributions to the world.
In loving memory of Guruji,
Janet Lilly, President of the IYNAUS Board of Directors Michael Lucey, Vice President and President Elect