Although the claim has since been widely disputed, I thought it might be fun to do a rough calculation to see whether I come close to that magic number with my Iyengar yoga practise. Not by a long shot.
A conservative estimate would put me in the range of around 2500-3000 hours, counting the time I've spent in my home practise. Obviously still a long way to go! Coming up this weekend & next week is the 'intensive', and if I manage to hang in it will be an additional 20 or so hours. Little by little it does add up, so at this rate, in another 50 or so years I might pass the 10K hour mark for total hours of practice.
BKS Iyengar, at 90 years of age, had reduced his daily asana practise to 3 hours, with an additional 1 hour for pranayama. Raya, visiting YCT from India says BKS, pictured on the right at 96, still does headstand about 30 minutes a day, along with a host of other poses. Likely the guru has literally spent years in headstand.
- ~ 162 Sadhana hours
- By quick math I've added about 42 hours the last 30 days (missed 2 days). Previous sadhanas, about 120 hours.
- ~ 925 class hours
- weekly class with Tina, around 10 years, assuming a few weeks off a year for holidays (500)
- weekly classes at YCT for about 5 years, (275) then up the ante to twice a week for 2 years (150)
- ~ 260 workshops, conventions
- 4 years convention, roughly 20 hours (80)
- YCT, roughly 30 hours total per year 6 years (180)
- ~ 1270 Home practise hours
- 5 years of daily practise, average 30 minutes a day x 5 days a week x 52 (650)
- 10 years sporadic, 1 hour a week (520)