Recommended reading: The Alpha and Omega of Trikonasana by Sri Prashant Iyengar

Hello all! A wonderful recommendation exploring the science of trikonasa is a book written by BKS Iyengar’s son Sri Prashant Iyengar, entitled The Alpha & Omega of Trikonasana.

Here’s a great description of Prashant Iyengar’s The Alpha & Omega of Trikonasana via

Trikonasana has been used as an example to explain how asana practice is a journey from external beginnings to the knowledge of the ‘soulosphere’. The process of involution from the external geometry to the inner purport of Trikonasana is beautifully described. Most practitioners misunderstand the purport of the yogasanas as ‘doing the pose’. ‘Doing’, Prashantji explains, must include alerting, activating, sensitizing, perceiving and becoming pensive and reflective in a pose. These are all modes of ‘Doing’. He clearly explains that Yoga is a heuristic subject where ‘one learns from oneself and one teaches oneself’. This requires a keen observation of the interplay of the three major players in the asana practice – body, mind and breath.

Prashant Iyengar’s The Alpha & Omega of Trikonasana

Sending a big shout-out to London-based Iyengar Yoga teacher Khaled Kendsi for suggesting this book to me, 8 March, and I hope all of you reading will share the lessons with others too! The joy of learning is that we then share knowledge*, inspire others and encourage growth. *Knowing is the fruit of doing; Wisdom is the goal of selfless action (4.38, Bhagavad Gita, Easwaren), and the Paths of Karma (Action) Yoga and Jnana (Spiritual Wisdom) Yoga are essentially the same–both rooted in selfless devotion, selfless service; yajna.

Much love to all of you, keep practicing and remember Yoga is a journey on which we embark both on and off the mat. Keep fighting the good fight!

Sarah x

Sources & inspirations:, BKS Iyengar, Prashant Iyengar, Bhagavad Gita (Easwaren), Khaled Kendsi, StewG, and Simon

Image: Practicing my Trikonasa under guidance of London-based Iyengar teacher Khaled Kendsi

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