Articles and Essays

A Celebration of B.K.S. Iyengar’s Centennial Year – 2018

by Yoga Vidya

Help us plan two 2018 Yoga Vidya issues!

Yoga Vidya is looking for:

● Enthusiastic writers & skilled help with editing/copy editing!

● Stories from our community about Guruji’s past visits to Southern California.

● Articles about any aspect of Iyengar yoga of deep interest to our community – practice, history, and philosophy.

● News: Please submit news, announcements, and photos.

● Events: Are you planning to celebrate Guruji’s 100th anniversary at your local studio?

● Calendar: Do you have workshops, retreats, teacher training events planned for 2018?

To join our team, please contact us at:

Article deadline for upcoming YV issue: October 2, 2017

Consider becoming an IYALA Board Member

by Iyengar Yoga Association

The Iyengar Yoga Association of Los Angeles is seeking members who would be interested in becoming an elected member of the Board of Trustees. We have at least three positions to fill for the upcoming term, running from January 2018 - December 2020.

If you are interested in being considered for one of these positions, or if you would like to nominate another person please contact Laura Baker, Membership Chair, IYALA Board of Directors, at Please write a brief statement outlining your background in Iyengar Yoga, and your area(s) of interest.

​Applications for nomination or self-nomination should be received by September 15, and elections take place in November 2017.

Body thy shrine, Yoga thy light

by Birjoo Mehta

This text was given as a speech December 6, 2015 in Pune, India.

Guruji has often said- body is my temple, asanas are my prayer. He has said that the body is the bow, asanas the arrow and the target is the soul. His autobiography was named, Body thy shrine, Yoga thy light.

In this piece, I would like to present my understanding of these expressive yet enigmatic statements.

Let us analyze the first statement, the body is my temple and asanas are my prayers. In the temple resides the divinity. For the body to become a temple, the divinity has to be brought into your body. And how do you call divinity? That is through invocation, through prayer.

Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research

by Lisa Walford

In June Lisa Walford represented Iyengar yoga at the Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research "SYTAR" conference in Newport Beach. Lori McIntosh assisted in the presentation which consisted of a beginner's practice for the Sinking Mind (major depression); a powerpoint on research and mechanisms behind the practice, and a demonstration of a sequence for a Stormy Mind (anxiety driven depression). The sessions were well attended, and students/teachers left with practical material they could apply in their sessions.

Diana Clifton, the Godmother of Iyengar Yoga in Southern California, dies at 95

by IyengarLA Editorial Staff

Diana Clifton holds a special place in the history of the Los Angeles Iyengar Yoga community. It was her workshop in 1977 that made the scattered local practitioners realize that they needed to get organized. They then formed the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Association of Southern California.

The Three Seasons of Ayurveda – Pitta

by Jeff Perlman

Ayurveda believes that there are seasons each year, which is defined by the three doshas; Vata-fall and early winter, Kapha- winter & early spring and Pitta- late spring and summer.

It is further understood that each dosha goes through three stages each year with the changes of the seasons, temperature and weather. These three stages will first accumulate, then aggravate and finally alleviate the doshas.

Learning from Motherhood: Yoga and Me

by Danielle Ou

This article was first printed in Yoga Vidya, Summer 2010: Being a Householder; Doing Yoga. – Ed.

Two weeks after the birth of my first child, I lay in supported Savasana. This had always been my preparatory pose for Pranayama, and one I did more for formality than for the pose itself. But on this occasion, I paused in amazement as I felt my organs move back to what, presumably, were their former places. It was the first time I felt the effect of the pose so dramatically and profoundly, and I was grateful and humbled by the gift of yoga in my life.