1. One is never too old to do yoga. "If it were, then I should have stopped my practice long ago," he said.
2. Yoga is especially important as one ages. "The body does decay...By performing asanas we allow the blood to nourish the extremities and depths of the body, so that the cells remain healthy. But if you say, 'No, I am old,' naturally the blood circulation recedes."
3. The risk of yoga injury and aging is minimal. "Much has been said by certain people about the dangers of yoga and the risk of injury. But if you walk in the street carelessly, you can have an accident. So do you advise people not to walk? People die when they are bed. So is it dangerous to sleep on a bed?" The key to injury free yoga is to be careful and mindful.
The Queen of Belgium was so pleased with her yoga instruction about headstand that she later presented Iyengar with a bust of his head which she herself sculpted. Then, when Queen Elisabeth suffered a stroke in 1965 she asked Iyengar to visit and help her regain some control over her body.