B.K.S. Iyengar, hailed as "the Michelangelo of yoga" (BBC) and considered by many to be the most important living yoga master, has spent much of his life introducing the modern world to the ancient practice of yoga. Yoga's popularity is soaring, but its widespread acceptance as an exercise for physical fitness and the recognition of its health benefits have not been matched by an understanding of the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development that the yogic tradition can also offer. In Light on Life, B.K.S. Iyengar explains this new and more complete understanding of the yogic journey.
Here Iyengar explores the yogic goal to integrate the different parts of the self (body, emotions, mind, and soul); the role that the yoga postures and breathing techniques play in our search for wholeness; the external and internal obstacles that keep us from progressing along the path; and how yoga can transform our lives and help us to live in harmony with the world around us. For the first time, Iyengar uses stories from his own life, humor, and examples from modern culture to illustrate the profound gifts that yoga offers. Written with the depth of this sage's great wisdom, Light on Life is the culmination of a master's spiritual genius, a treasured companion to his seminal Light on Yoga.
©2005 B.K.S. Iyengar; (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
"Highly recommended for those advanced on the path and interested in learning from a master of flexibility and wisdom." (Publishers Weekly)
This is a yoga and spiritual classic . . . lovingly narrated by a western yogini, Patricia Walden. Wish it were available in the original, non-abridged version, though. It is too good to abridge, which is an insult to the author. I only got this one because it was all that was available; abridged was better than nothing. Personally, I would love to see more Audible inventory in this and similar genres. These types of books are deserving of serious study and engagement, and they go far beyond just an "entertaining" read. More like this please, Audible!!!
I started doing yoga just for relaxation and flexibility and this book expanded on other areas of yoga that improved my over all understanding and appreciation for the practice.
I loved the way it was structured. From the start to end you are building your knowledge and learning so so much. He uses fantastic metaphors that bring his ideas into the modern world & make them simple to grasp.
When he speaks about his late wife. He said that his soul loved her soul. They way he speaks about her warmed my heart and really demonstrated how these teachings lead one to live a life that I am at a loss of words to describe but still aspire to.
No I have not. I did not really like her voice at the start but by the end I found it very soothing.
No, I listened to it in the car on my 1 hr commute. I actually listened to it chapter by chapter, often re-listening to half of a chapter before moving on.
This is a fantastic book, I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in moving in a holistic direction in life.
Iyengar is a master with relaying the nexus between physical, emotional and spiritual health. I enjoyed the way he includes the benefits of yoga to bring our wholeness together.
Patricia Walden never took a breath. There was no inflection in her voice so it sounded monotonous after awhile. I never knew when a sentence, paragraph, or chapter began and ended.
The audio begins late, we do not start at the very beginning of the book. Somehow it starts at some midway point....
Usually, if I look back at a book, I remember at least a couple of things I really took away from it, sometimes more if it was a really good book. I listened to Light on Life shortly before listening to Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha. Couldn't really tell anyone much about Light on Life, but Siddhartha, I remember good portions of it.
I don't think Light on Life was awful, it just never kicked in and offered any fantastic insights.
That said, if this type of material interests you, I do think there is some value in going ahead and getting this book. If for no other reason, we need to show there is a market for Indian authors...READ BY PROFESSIONAL READERS!
Reader was fine.
If you haven't listened to it, get Siddhartha.
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one of my favorite audios, bought the book after and will listen to it again
wasn't what i thought, not just covering the surface of yoga. was more thought provoking
I just follow the signs!
This is a must have book. Amazing insights. Patricia Waldon does a good job in her reading. This book has so many profound comments that I keep coming back to it and I will keep referring for the rest of my life.
I am interested in: Eastern Religions, Spirituality, Self Help, Psychology, Humor, Comedy, Philosophy, Yoga, Ayurveda, Relationships, etc..
I will listen to this again and again.. Beautifully and eloquently written. Patricia Walden does justice to the narration - pleasant voice. I would recommend it to anyone.
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need to lower the star rating so i dont get recommendations for books like these. he needs his own infomercial. you too can be spiritually enlightened like me. look at this yacht and these hired baywatch models...
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