Light On The Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali, interpreted and elucidated by B. K. S. Iyengar, is a must read for anyone interested in Yoga. This work has been referred to as the 'Bible of Yoga' by many. The latest edition of the book contains a foreword by Godfrey Devereux of Dynamic Yoga fame.
This book contains Patanjali's sutras written more than 2000 years ago. A sutra is a demanding form of Sanskrit literature, which is just one or two lines long and to the point. There are 196 such sutras which talk about the process of the body and mind becoming one. Behind each sutra, there is a philosophy, and this is explained in the book. The yoga sutras in the book are divided into four padas (chapters); each of these chapters deals with a different aspect of yoga. The first one is about Samadhi or the blissful state of meditative absorption. The second pada talks about an eight-stage practice required to attain Samadhi. In the third chapter, Patanjali talks about the powers a yogi can earn through consistent practice. The final pada explains what a yogi will do once he reaches Samadhi.
Iyengar interprets that the goal of a yogi is to combine the mind, body, emotions and soul by using yoga postures and proper breathing techniques. His goal is to provide the reader ways to remove destructive emotions.
Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar is the founder of Iyengar yoga, and has been practising and teaching yoga for over 75 years. He has written numerous books on the subject, including Yog Dwara Swastha Jeevan, Light On Pranayama and Yogadipika. His disciples include The Queen of Belgium and Yehudi Menuhin. He was presented with the Padma Shri in 1991, and the Padma Bhushan in 2002. Time Magazine named him among the top 100 most influential people. His books are available for online shopping. This paperback book is listed with the ISBN 10 number of 8120822242 and ISBN 13 number of 9788120822245