The following is a brief synopsis and personal interpretation of the above-mentioned book written by Yoga Guru and legend B.K.S. Iyengar.
This book illustrates the personal journey and story of B.K.S Iyengar. Light on Life is an emotional, spiritual and personal journey of an individual to aspire to, for those who are taking the yoga journey and for those who perhaps need some form of inspiration.
Each chapter provides a descriptive explanation of the Five Sheaths of Being (Kosas), which could also be defined as one of the fundamental platforms of Yoga.
There appears to be a distinct progression throughout the book, building to a climax from the first chapter, however, the author is quick to clarify this is not the case, stressing that each level is as vital as the next to reaching “wholeness” and working in harmony.
As a relative newcomer to Yoga I found this literature a sound introduction to the theory behind the history and practice of Yoga. I found the way the author related personal obstacles throughout his life to the framework he was explaining, to be of great value enabling the reader to digest some of the more complex subject matter a little easier. It also prompts the reader to reflect on their own challenges, past and present, and how they may have tackled those obstacles differently.
Additionally, the book offers a realistic and sustainable solution to making improvements in any aspect of their lives and is not limited to Yogis or advanced Yoga students, but is accessible for anybody motivated to make these improvements and would recommend it accordingly.
“When I practice I am a philosopher,
When I teach I am a scientist,
When I demonstrate I am an artist.”