NB-Column-Iyengar
10/12/2017

Column – B.K.S. Iyengar: Een briefwisseling

Afgelopen November heb ik de vrijheid genomen om B.K.S. Iyengar een kopie van mijn boek Yoga: Critical Alignment samen met een aan hem gerichte persoonlijke brief op te sturen. Tot mijn verbazing kreeg ik al twee weken later een reactie terug. Net zoals ik vroeger met mijn dansleraar communiceerde: per luchtpost.

In mijn brief naar hem had ik geschreven:

…” I began practising yoga in the early 1970s, and was introduced to your method through Dr. N.E. Sjoman, one of your early students. Since that time, I have run my own modest yoga studio in Amsterdam.”…

…” Although I am very hesitant to make comparisons between you, a true yoga master, and myself, I do think we have something in common. I believe that we both have a driving need to continuously develop the science of yoga. Not in a commercial manner, but in a serious, or as you call it scientific way. Your path has led you to devote your complete energy to serving mankind by sharing your experience of yoga.”…

…” I hope you will agree with me that living traditions need to continue to evolve through new research. It is for this reason that I have tried to contribute something to your method using my own personal experience. The primary goal of critical alignment in yoga is to mobilize and align the spinal column to restore crucial mobility, balance and spaciousness throughout the body, while – at the same time – freeing emotions and introducing a lighter and more meditative consciousness to daily life.”…

In het boek had ik geschreven:

“ To Mr. B.K.S. Iyengar, who made it possible for so many in the world to add full consciousness through body awareness to their lives.”

In zijn zeer vriendelijke antwoord schreef hij mij terug:

…”I am touched by your write-up about me with your autograph. I do not know how to thank you for the same. No doubt you have critically worked for the alignment, but it is a work which I consider as a path towards enlightenment… It is not only the alignment of the body, but one has tot think also of the alignment of the mind. Not only the alignment of the body but the flow of energy is essential.”…

En alsof hij wist waar ik momenteel in mijn onderzoek mee bezig ben, schreef hij:

…” I thank you for the kindness in sending me the book. Who knows you may go through and work out the behavioural pattern of the mind and intelligence.”…

Ik ben vereerd met het antwoord van de inmiddels 95 jarige Yoga Guru van de moderne yoga stromingen die overal in de wereld volop worden beoefend. Dankzij zijn inspanningen. Daarnaast voel ik mij door zijn commentaar gesteund en ben zeer geïnspireerd om verder te gaan. Daar wil ik hem hartelijk voor danken!