Geeta Iyengar celebrates her 70th birthday today. She is the daughter of B.K.S. Iyengar and has been instrumental in shaping the Iyengar method of teaching. She is celebrating her birthday not by taking it easy, but by teaching a 10 day intensive at a sports stadium in her hometown of Pune, India. I wished I could be there for the intensive, but it wasn’t in the cards this year.
Like her father, she used Yoga to overcome illness in her younger years. By direction of her father, she was able to gain her health back. She uses her deep knowledge rooted in ayurveda to create sequences for women’s specific health concerns.
Her teaching style is directive and uncompromising. However, when you see how compassionate she is with her motives to cut through straight to the truth, you see that her technique is pure gold. Students have said that she “sees everything.”
She has written and co-authored many books on Yoga. Her classic book Yoga: A Gem For Women, remains a staple in the Iyengar canon. It is one of the essential books we use in our teacher training. Like Light On Yoga, it gives precise step-by-step instructions on how to do poses and has asana courses for those who study on their own.
Happy birthday Geetaji! Thank you for keeping the light shining on Iyengar Yoga.