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Luke’s final farewell

Today was Luke’s service at Hawai’i State Veteran’s Cemetery in Kane’ohe. It was brief and to the point, just the way he would have wanted it. Since he served many years in the military, he received a full honor guard detail including a 21 gun salute.


Among Luke’s accomplishments in service: he enrolled in the National Guard at 14 years old, was fully enlisted at 16. He served in Europe, Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East. He was a Green Beret. Among his decorations: The National Defense Service Medal, Combat Medical Badge, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Honorary Jump Wings, Soldiers Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Bronze Star Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), Good Conduct Medal (5 Awards), Army Commmendation Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Purple Heart, and Republic of China Taiwan Rough Terrain Parachute Badge.

Once he retired he got his Bachelor’s of Nursing Degree  at Hawaii Loa (Now Hawaii Pacific University) and became a labor and delivery nurse. He delivered babies from 1990 to 1999.

For me, the biggest piece of his resume does not have a medal. He took diligent care of his wife Toshiko after her stroke in 1997 and attended to all of her needs up until a week of his passing.


Rest in peace, Luke.


This iconic photo of Iyengar taken by a humble, powerful woman


This is perhaps one of the most widely used photographs of Guruji. It was taken in 1987 on top of the Pali Highway on O’ahu. It overlooks the windward side of the island toward Kane’ohe. I drive by this spot every day on my morning commute and always think of Guruji when I pass it.

The photo was taken by Penney Sing, who is a dedicated Iyengar student at the Intermediate Junior I level. She has always been a rock in the Iyengar community here on O’ahu. I was fortunate to see her a day after Guruji’s passing. I gave her a big hug as we were coming out of a workshop with senior teacher Laurie Blakeney. She expressed sadness, but was grateful that Laurie kept the theme of the class light in spite of the gravity of the week.


Penney and her iconic photo at Iyengar Yoga Honolulu

She said that she “gave this photo to the world” and has not received any type of payment or proper recognition for this iconic photo. Sadly, in a commemorative book for Iyengar, the photo appears without any credit to who took it. You could not replicate this photo at this spot today as the Pali Highway is now littered with traffic. She said that Guruji jumped over the wall to a dangerous spot and struck this pose. As you can tell it is very windy on the Pali at all times.

This photo was released today which appears to be from the same roll. It is nothing short of miraculous. She gave me permission to publish the photo on my blog.

guruji pali II

Penney deserves all the glory and praise for these photos of Guruji she has “given to the world.”

Triangles from my travels


My wife and I have travelled quite a bit since we’ve been married. Here are some shots of Utthita Trikonasana from around the world.


Cannes, France


Lisbon, Portugal


Oui, oui!


Helsinki, Finland


St. Petersburg, Russia


Tallinn, Estonia


Stockholm, Sweden




Mespelbrunn, Germany


Bandelier, New Mexico