Despite these jibes I enjoyed the Yoga classes and benefitted greatly from them. Compared to the other yoga classes I’d attended over the years, the Iyengar classes were by far the most exacting. The teachers were thorough and the props helped in achieving the perfect pose. And unlike other classes which had mantras and chanting, Iyengar’s classes were just pure and simple exercise.
When any of us grumbled or grimaced while doing an asan, the teacher would point out to a photograph of the guru in a perfect pose and tell us that if he could do it at his age, there was no reason for us who were half his age not to do so. Alas! He was the guru while we were not.