December 7th, 1944 – December 16th, 2018
“It is your practice that brings the secrets to you. No teacher can give you the secrets”
Geetaji Iyengar shed her earthly body December 16th, 2018 at the age of 74. She had just completed the centenary celebration of her Father, BKS Iyengar, which was attended by 1200 followers.
Geetaji did more for women in yoga than anyone before her or during her time. The author of A Gem for Women, a yoga book dedicated to a woman’s practice was the first yoga book I ever owned. Published in 1983, I purchased it hot off the shelves and began my yoga journey which eventually led me to BKS Iyengar and the Institute in Pune. I am deeply grateful and indebted to Geetaji for her book and for her keen eye and direct attention. She gave her all to yoga, her father and Guru and to us, her students.
“I am the rest between two notes,
which are somehow always in discord
because Death’s note wants to climb over—
but in the dark interval, reconciled,
they stay there trembling.
And the song goes on, beautiful.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke
Dedicated to the memory of Geeta Iyengar.