T-Ph01 Iyengar & Patanjali

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Introduction

This subject considers Iyengar’s relationship to classical Yoga as outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

In his “message for the 70th birthday” Iyengar says,

“What I do is pure, authentic, traditional Yoga.” What he means by pure, authentic, traditional Yoga he explains in the same speech, as follows: “The Yoga I teach is purely Astanga Yoga, known as the eight limbs of Yoga, expounded by Patanjali in his 196 terse sutras, each of which reflects profound experimental knowledge, supplemented with Hatha Yoga texts, the Gita and others.”