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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (671 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: B.K.S. Iyengar Narrator: Patricia Walden Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN:
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The world's leading teacher of yoga shows how we can transform ourselves by bringing yogic principles into all aspects of daily living.

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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 limber tender | 2/20/2014

    " A practical, concise, clear explaination of yogic philosophy for westerners. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 2/19/2014

    " Explains the goal of yoga from BK's perspective--to let light shine through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aretha Mckinney | 2/15/2014

    " I read and re-read this book. . .I don't think it will ever belong to the shelf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eva | 2/8/2014

    " I love yoga, so I figured I would love this book. And if you already know chakras, yamas and niyamas, Patanjali, the sutras, and all that good stuff then this will be a worthwhile read. Sometimes I find Iyengar to be a bit misogynistic, but I've been told time and again that he's old school, from another culture, etc. etc. so I'm trying not to include too much of that in my opinion of this book. Yogis: read this, it will deepen your practice. Non-yogis: I don't think this is a good place to start. The second half of the book - reaching enlightenment - was a little beyond me at this point. Its a book I'll come back to for reference, but probably not read again cover to cover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Tate | 1/8/2014

    " Wisdom from a lifetime of practice. Iyengar's insights are masterful, and though the book is rich in yoga philosophy, it is filled with funny and easy-to-relate-to anecdotes. I recommend it to any yoga practitioner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 stella | 1/7/2014

    " excellent, b/c iyengar is such a brilliant guy. every line in this book is like, "oh my god, yeah!" so, you have to read it slowly. it's dense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Morgan | 1/6/2014

    " Something I will come back to throughout my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Solis | 1/2/2014

    " Read it several years ago and again recently while following an Iyengar yoga course. It was very inspirational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 12/6/2013

    " a must-read for yogis! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 11/22/2013

    " Sweetly written and warm. This one is good for those seeking more from their physical yoga practice. It covers the limbs of yoga andis almost an explaination of Patanjali's yoga sutra teachings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrien Finckel | 10/10/2013

    " The kind of book you want to read in spurts because the language is rich and deserves to be soaked in little by little. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celine | 10/10/2013

    " Incredible Masterpiece. This is the book that emulates what 'Wisdom' was for me as a child, experienced in my adult form. Truly Rare Brilliance! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 10/7/2013

    " YOU CAN LEARN SO MUCH FROM IYENGAR'S REFLECTIONS AND PRACTICES ON THE DIFFERENT SEATH'S OF OUR ENERGY EXISTENCE. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 10/1/2013

    " I loved loved loved this book. It is so inspiring, so uplifting and so informative. Its my go-to book for tips and a boost to my teaching and home practice. Its well used already, with highlights and dog ears everywhere. I read this over and over. Love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 9/13/2013

    " This is an inspiring philosophical look at yoga and how to connect with all of the "layers" of the body. It is deep, but Iyengar is a master of yoga and yogic philosophy. I recommend this book to anyone who loves yoga and wants to learn more about its beautiful principles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 6/21/2013

    " Life changing ... I am really enjoying how it is changing my perspective on how I move through the world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 11/7/2012

    " A yoga instructor suggested this book. It's a good read. Sometimes it seems as though the explanations are trying to be more profound then it actually is... or maybe it's just me... it just seems like he wants to make sense of something and tries too hard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alec Aakesson | 7/27/2012

    " I highly recommend this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elijay | 5/4/2012

    " I'm not giving this book many stars because I didn't "get it" when I read it. However I'm sure if I read it again it would make a bit more sense to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/19/2012

    " Been reading this book in snippets for about two years. Vast wisdom to nibble on and savor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 2/5/2012

    " I am enjoying this perspective very much. It has certainly enhanced my practice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norah | 11/28/2011

    " The body/mind/Spirit, when used together, can overcome incredible odds "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan Carrigan | 10/22/2011

    " I know this doesn't appeal to everyone but it is a biography of sorts on Yoga legend BKS Iyengar. Very deep read, I need to read it again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mkostelac | 8/17/2011

    " I reread so many pages that I think I read the book 5 times the first time round. A book bound in wisdom, experience, light and love. This book has helped me cross the bridge between yoga's physical and spiritual lessons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 7/23/2011

    " B.K.S is the yoga bomb! Really, I am savoring this book and, like Jewel Tree of Tibet, will probably revisit often. It is so enjoyable to savor selections that directly benefit yoga practice. Sometimes I just let a page pick me, go to any line, and apply whatever gem is there to that days practice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 3/14/2011

    " I loved loved loved this book. It is so inspiring, so uplifting and so informative. Its my go-to book for tips and a boost to my teaching and home practice. Its well used already, with highlights and dog ears everywhere. I read this over and over. Love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celine | 1/26/2011

    " Incredible Masterpiece. This is the book that emulates what 'Wisdom' was for me as a child, experienced in my adult form. Truly Rare Brilliance! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 8/19/2010

    " Wonderful book on yoga philosophy. If you want to understand the whole of what yoga is, this is the book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/19/2010

    " Wisdom from a lifetime of practice. Iyengar's insights are masterful, and though the book is rich in yoga philosophy, it is filled with funny and easy-to-relate-to anecdotes. I recommend it to any yoga practitioner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberley | 2/15/2010

    " Every word a gem. There's a thesis topic in each sentence. Such a rich experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mkostelac | 1/11/2010

    " I reread so many pages that I think I read the book 5 times the first time round. A book bound in wisdom, experience, light and love. This book has helped me cross the bridge between yoga's physical and spiritual lessons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 11/28/2009

    " This bio and yoga history/guide contains some interesting insights from the man who brought yoga to the U.S. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stine | 8/4/2009

    " This book helped me put yoga into this good perspective and add yoga into my daily life. It is impressing how his love for people is comping through the words. This book changed my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roben | 6/7/2009

    " Practicing yoga throughout the years, I longed for background....loved Iyengar's take on the physical body, the energy body, the mental body, the intellectual body and finally living in freedom. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 2/15/2009

    " A yoga instructor suggested this book. It's a good read. Sometimes it seems as though the explanations are trying to be more profound then it actually is... or maybe it's just me... it just seems like he wants to make sense of something and tries too hard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 2/3/2009

    " This is an inspiring philosophical look at yoga and how to connect with all of the "layers" of the body. It is deep, but Iyengar is a master of yoga and yogic philosophy. I recommend this book to anyone who loves yoga and wants to learn more about its beautiful principles. "

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About the Narrator

Patricia Walden came to yoga in her early 20s, as a spiritual calling. In 1976, she met B.K.S Iyengar and was immediately struck by his light, energy, insight, and genius, as well as by his joy in yoga and delightful humor. She became his devoted student and has been traveling to Pune to study with him (and his daughter Geeta) every year since