Many of you know by now (unless you are living in a cave or under a rock) that B.K.S Iyengar passed away on Wednesday, August 20. He was 95 years old. Still practicing asana up until about a month before his passing. Still at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute daily, watching the practices as well.

Although I never met Mr. Iyengar in person, nor did I ever call him my guru, he was the teacher of two of my primary teachers: Gabriel Halpern and Aadil Palkhivala. My first Iyengar teacher, Gabriel Halpern, director of the Yoga Circle in Chicago, spent time with BKS in India in the late 1970s. Gabriel taught me pretty much everything that I know about therapeutic yoga…and about being a giving, caring and compassionate being. My teacher Aadil Palkhivala, began his studies with Mr. Iyengar in his teen years and was sent to the United States by “Guruji” in 1980 to spread Iyengar yoga. And although Aadil and Iyengar did not agree on many issues, and Aadil eventually left the “Iyengar Yoga” system, they always stayed in touch. Here’s a letter from Aadil that he sent to his students upon Iyengar’s passing. I feel very blessed to have the transmissions of Iyengar through the teachings of Gabriel and Aadil.

Much can be said about Mr. Iyengar’s passing and the legacy he leaves behind. And while his death does leave a hole in the fabric of modern day yoga, I like to think that his presence will live on, in the teachings of the many Westerners he taught, and those teachings passed down through the generations. Generations of yogis such as myself and my peers, who are inspired by the methodology and the intelligence of sequencing of Iyengar Yoga. We are doing our best to represent and keep the spirit of the practice alive (in our way) in a time when much of yoga in the West has become about hiding your flaws in your $100 yoga pants or fluffy feel-goodness or how many handstands you can do in one practice.

In honor of Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar, I share with you my Iyengar-inspired sequence. I based it on my studies of Light On Yoga, Mr. Iyengar’s timeless book of yoga asana. I feel this book is a great resource, a book that is accessible to the Western mind. I hope you enjoy.

  • Invocation to Patanjali
  • Adho Mukha Virasana
  • Adho Mukha Svanasana
  • Adho Mukha Vrksasana (handstand)
  • Pincha Mayurasana
  • Tadasana
  • Trikonasana
  • Parivritta Trikonasana
  • Parshvakonasana
  • Parivritta Parshvakonasana
  • Uttanasana
  • Paripurna Navasana
  • Ardha Navasana
  • Salabasana
  • Makrasana
  • Danurasana
  • Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
  • Chatush Padasana
  • Urdhva Dhanurasana
  • Dandasana
  • Bharadvajasana 1
  • Marichyasana 3
  • Paschimottanasana
  • Salamba Sarvangasana
  • Ujjayi Pranayama
  • Savasana