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Light on Life: The Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace and Ultimate Freedom [Paperback]

B.K.S. Iyengar
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2 May 2008

‘As human beings, we all seek to reconcile the paradox of how to make our way upon the earth while striving for something more permanent and profound. So many seek this greater Truth in the heavens, but it lies much closer than the clouds. It is within us and can be found by anyone on the Inward Journey.’

B.K.S. Iyengar, whose teachings on yoga are followed throughout the world, reflects upon his lifetime’s experience (he is 89) on the yoga path. The structure of the book follows the different aspects of that path (from Freedom Awaits, through The Physical Body, The Energy Body, The Mental Body, The Intellectual Body, The Divine Body to Living in Freedom) and provides a learning framework for yoga as well as an invaluable discourse on life.

A ‘must have’ for anyone who practises yoga or is interested in the teachings of the East.



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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale (2 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905744269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905744268
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[He is] the Michelangelo of yoga..." - BBC Television" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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B.K.S. Iyengar is a living legend and is considered to be one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. He has been practicing and teaching yoga for more than 60 years. He has written many books on yogic practice and philosophy, and is best known for his books Light on Yoga , Light on Pranayama and Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Iyengar yoga centers are located throughout the world, and millions of students practice Iyengar Yoga.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly his best... 4 Oct 2005
By A Customer
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I have copies of Light on Yoga, Light on the Yoga Sutras and The Tree of Yoga but I have to say that Light on Life is the most accessible of them all. Don't think that means that Iyengar has dumbed down! He still addresses yoga seriously but there is a lightness of touch here that I haven't found evident in his earlier writing.
His explanations are clear and given along with examples from his own thoughts and experience as well as the classical yoga texts. There were many points when I put the book down and just thought about what I'd just read. To me, that's the sign of a good book!
This book should be on the shelves of all yoga students (whether you practice Iyengar yoga or not) but I think there are passages that would also benefit non-yogis. Particularly in Chapter 3 where Iyengar briefly deals with The Six Emotional disturbances. His explanation of the difference between feeling and emotion has been buzzing round my head since I read it.
Buy this book... you won't regret it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 10 Sep 2011
By Lisamay
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it inspired me with my yoga when the going got tough, as it can do at the start.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 20 Aug 2012
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I bought this for my wife who is a yoga enthusiast. Her views are: provides deep incite on Mr Iyengar's thinking on this form of yoga. It is enlightening and unpretentiousness. His age and experience has provided him with a wisdom that runs though his book. A spiritual book with deep meaning and is easy to read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it love it love it 4 Nov 2012
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I actually love Iyengar yoga, tried other types of yoga and have to say this is the one for me. Watching some youtube clips of BKS and reading around the subject I thought I'd give this book a go. I have been reading it ever since, dipping in and out, and find his prose really accessible and interesting. It is not easy to coin the knowledge of the body, and a very physical practice into words - he does it brilliantly and with passion. The metaphysics of yoga interest me and doing my practice at least twice a week when he says he has to teach the person to believe in themselves more than he has to teach the actual movements and asanas - you realise how much your mind blocks or interupts the body. A great, refreshing and enjoyable read, I've now ordered the light on yoga book - his bible - can't wait.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yoga philosopy 3 Aug 2013
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I am enjoying this book though it is not the lightest read. I am liking the fact that I am able to benefit from the teachings of yoga theory and practise and it is helping me to sleep and relax - makes sense really doesn't it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessence of Yoga 2 April 2013
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This book represents the quintessence of Iyengar’s understanding of Yoga. It is the result of his long personal journey to enlightenment. This is the first book to start with for every yoga beginner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Revelation 30 Jan 2014
By Dave
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I hoped it would never end... It has changed my perception on life and freed me to move on. Thank you B K S Iyengar.
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