von Geeta Iyengar
2019; 353 pages, many photos und drawings.
For 5 days we practiced under Geetaji’s guidance. Now published after 10 years of preparation: The recordings of the convention were transcribed and prepared for the written form. Sketches and photos illustrate the content. Geeta’s last conference in Europe, her last word to us teachers. English. 353 pages on high quality paper.
The 353 pages (in English) contain many photos from the Cologne convention and, above all, excellent illustrations that show and clarify Geetaji’s explanations and instructions in the individual postures, so that -even for less experienced teachers- it becomes immediately understandable what she was aiming at here.
The texts give Geetaji’s unmistakable teaching style and her forceful words unadulterated, reliable, quite alive, whoever has been privileged to have experienced her in person, has her voice immediately in their ears when reading the texts, so present!
All five days of classes (May 12-16, 2009) are transcribed, very clearly arranged into pranayama or asana units. Step by step come clear instructions that help explore, perceive, align the body from the outside in and center the mind. Vivid, nuanced, every one of Geetaji’s words is on point.
This book makes you feel Geetaji’s spirit like no other. It accurately reflects her vivid, forceful, clear words. Her incredible talent for seeing people and understanding their bodies, coupled with half a century of teaching experience, is palpable, as is her ability to communicate living yoga philosophy in a very practical way in and through asana work.
You could read the book from cover to cover, page by page, lesson by lesson. Likewise, you can open at any point and be instantly inspired for your own yoga practice and/or upcoming class with every single word or phrase from Geetaji.
For example page 80 “How to sit for prayer” – so clear, so genuine, intense and sensitively instructed how to connect the outer layer of the body with the mind, the brain, the breath and finally with the heart, so that silence comes.
Or, for example, p. 61 “Prasarita Padottanasana”
Over five pages, Geetaji vividly explains the situation, the corrections she makes, the tools that are useful or just not useful, all tailored to the individual student.
This is how she approaches all the asanas she teaches: what am I looking at as a teacher? Which tool helps which body? How can the asana work be experienced better, more deeply, more intensively, more holistically? What do you feel? For me this book has become THE inspiration for my own practice and teaching, I see this book as Geeta Iyengar’s legacy to us Iyengar Yoga teachers. After her passing in 2018, this becomes even more clear and even more important.