World famous Indian Guru Yogacharya BKS Iyengar visited Guangzhou this June. Born in December 14, 1918, Iyengar is considered the most famous yogacharya guru in the world. His book, the 'Illustrated Light on Yoga', which published in 1996, has been translated into 18 languages and is regarded as the bible of yoga. He was also selected as one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in 2004.
During yogacharya Iyengar's first visit to China he hopes he can inspire more people to understand and enjoy yoga.
Reporter: Most of your Chinese yoga practitioners are girls. Why do you think this is so?
Iyengar: I'm the first one who taught yoga to women in India. Many years ago in India, only men could practice yoga. Personally speaking, men's emotions are more stable than women's. Through Yoga, women can practice balancing their emotions.
Reporter: What is yoga in your understanding?
Iyengar: Yoga is not a sport. Yoga is science, philosophy and art. It is expressed by the form of art. Though it is not a sport, some athletes practice yoga to better their balance, such as some football players from Chelsea and Manchester.
Reporter: Is it very difficult to keep practicing yoga?
Iyengar: It's only because the yoga teacher is not good enough. You will be attracted by the teacher if he/she is very good.
Reporter: Recently, many different types of yoga have appeared. Are they all genuine or real?
Iyengar: There are many new yoga names like flow yoga, hot yoga, etc. But I think the core of them is the same. In my personal view, hot yoga is only a way of making money.
Reporter: You body was kind of weak when you were a kid. However, you are a healthy 93 year old now. Is it because of yoga?
Iyengar: Yes, I can say yoga gave me a second life. My head and body were not quite proportionate when I was a kid. It was hard for me to raise my head. I was the 11th of 13 kids in our family. At that time, influenza was spread across India. Only 10 of us survived. I was depressed at that time and kept asking myself: is it worth living such an anxious life? At the age of 16, my brother-in-law suggested that I practice yoga to keep healthy. Luckily I keep learning and didn't give up. I still keep practicing up till now. I eat very little usually.
Reporter: which yoga posture do you like most?
Iyengar: My friend, if I have the best yoga posture, I'm not an artist anymore. The true artist shows respect to each posture even it is the most basic one. I love every posture.
(By Shanna Chu and Daniel Epstein )