The Approximate Yogi

Conquering life one breath at a time

Iyengar Leaves This World for the Next

I don’t have a lot to say tonight, but I wanted to at least share something.

B. K. S. Iyengar passed on today.

In looking for a quote to share by Iyengar from one of his books, I came across this passage that I hadn’t remembered underlining in The Tree of Yoga that comforted me:

Death is unimportant to a yogi; he does not mind when he is going to die. What happens after death is immaterial to him. He is only concerned with life –with how he can use his life for the betterment of humanity. Having undergone various types of pain in his life and having acquired a certain mastery over pain, he develops compassion to help society and maintains himself in purity and holiness. The yogi has no interest beyond that.

Iyengar lived this. May we all strive to do the same.

B. K. S. Iyengar was a powerful bright light in the yoga community and will be missed. I, among millions of other Westerns, owe my yoga practice to him. I hope we, as a community, can continue to carry the light in his absence.

This is a lovely personal account by a yogi who happened to be blessed with right timing to attend his funeral rites

NY Times obituary



(P.S. This is a quick post tonight, but I will return soon with more. The wedding was wonderful and I am looking forward to share with you)



Summer Lovin’

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a lovely lady’s slipper I found in my backyard

Hello Beautiful Readers,

This is just a quick note to explain some of the busy-ness I alluded to in my last post. I’m getting married this summer! The date is fast approaching and I’m starting to feel the pressure of juggling ten too many things on my to-do list.

So I will be taking the rest of the summer off from blogging. Since, I’m guessing, after the wedding I will be needing some time to pick up life where we left off pre-wedding, and to enjoy the beginning of married life.

Hope you all have a fantastic summer! Keep up with your practice, and enjoy that sunshine πŸ™‚

I will see you again in the fall, (if I can stay away that long πŸ˜‰ ) I’m sure with lots of new stories to share!

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feelin’ the love, the strawberry-heart punch my friend made me for my wedding shower

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a butterfly and some chives enjoying the summer breeze

Introducing My New Blog, “Creating, Cate’s Way”

This is just a quick post to share with you my new blog project. I find that everything I want to write doesn’t always fit in the context of The Approximate Yogi. So I started a new blog, focusing on writing, art, and the creative process, called Creating, Cate’s Way

Check it out! Here’s a post on my creative process to get you started: “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”

I’ll still be writing at The Approximate Yogi as well.

You can also join me on this new creative journey on Facebook and Twitter.

And if you’re not a part of The Approximate Yogi’s social media circle and would like to be:

Join the Facebook page here,

And Twitter here.

I use them not just for blog updates, but to also share interesting articles and inspirations I come across, and little moments of beauty I find throughout the day πŸ™‚

Thanks for taking the time to check it out, and please share if you know anyone else who might enjoy!