Abhijata Sridhar, B.K.S. Iyengar’s granddaughter, teaches the class today. Imagine Mr. Iyengar, 92 years old, in a supported back bend or headstand while coaching Abhi in her teaching of the class. He talks to her in a low voice, she is near him, maybe even doing the pose herself for a moment as she instructs us. Assistants encourage (read “correct”) us when we fail to grasp what she says.
This passing of the teaching from one generation to the next is a wonder. He is sweet with her; she is respectful in accepting and relaying his information to us. So…..yes, he is still teaching!
Pune practice tip for my Portland yoga students:
To keep the hips more evenly balanced when practicing Parsvottanasana or Virabhadrasana I, start in Tadasana and step one leg back into the pose. Bring the back leg hip forward to keep both sides of the sacrum evenly broad. Practice the pose. Experience the pose. What did you learn?