Yoga Swami Baba Ramdev Honors BKS Iyengar

Swami Ramdev (yo), the Rishikesh-based pop yogi media sensation and guru recently visited BKS Iyengar (yo) in Pune during Iyengar's 89th birthday celebration.

“You are the ‘Bheesma Pitamaha of Yoga’!...I have been yearning to meet you for long. Finally, the day has dawned and what better occasion than your birthday!...It is thanks to your efforts that Indian yoga has spread so far and wide in the world making it easier for us to spread it further...”
Swami Ramdev to BKS Iyengar
“I am also very happy to see you and have been following your good work in the field of yoga.”
BKS Iyengar responds to Swami Remdev

Swami Baba Ramdev visits BKS Iyengar's 89th birthday celebrations.

“People ask me whether my yoga is different from Guru Iyengar’s. This is utter nonsense. There is only one yoga. It is part of Indian culture and heritage. Yeh to Ishwar ki sampati hain (It is God’s treasure). We are merely spreading yoga in our own different ways.”
Swami Ramdev to BKS Iyengar
“Yes, you are absolutely right. Yoga is God’s treasure and we are mere tools that are spreading God’s message to the world.”
BKS Iyengar responds to Swami Remdev
“Yes, everybody under this skin (pinching the outer layer of his arm) has only one colour and that is red!”
Swami Ramdev to BKS Iyengar
“Yoga is a universal culture. You cannot call it anything else,”
BKS Iyengar exlaims
“It is wrong to classify yoga as being Hindu. Yoga primarily gives you good health and anything that ensures good health cannot have a religion!”
Swami Remdev cites a Muslim scholar speaking about yoga

Extra pranayama treats from Baba Ramdev and BKS Iyengar—

BKS Iyengar demonstrates pranayama.

Swami Ramdev on the Ganges, demonstrating Bhastrika Pranayam.

And check out Ramdev's mad sounds on this clip: an incredibly ill, human wheezbox soundsystem dub.

Swami Ramdev in a crazy, Saturnalian studio, demonstrating Bhastrika Pranayam.

Link. (Thanks, Shankara!)

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