BKS Iyengar 97th Birthday: Google Doodle celebrates life of yoga guru

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BKS Iyengar 97th Birthday

BKS Iyengar 97th Birthday: Google Doodle celebrates life of yoga guru

BKS Iyengar 97th Birthday : Google’s doodle today honours BKS Iyengar, one of the foremost Yoga teachers in India, on his 97th birth anniversary. Through a fun, animated doodle which features an old man identical to Iyengar flitting between different Yoga asanas (postures) between the letters of GOOGLE, the search engine giant said, “BKS Iyengar, it’s been said, could hold a headstand for nearly half an hour well into his eighties.

BKS Iyengar 97th Birthday yoga guru

Iyengar, whose full name is Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar, was born in 1918 into a poor family in southern India – one of 13 children, of whom only 10 survived.

As a child he suffered from poor health and at the age of 15 one of his brother-in-laws, who ran a yoga school in the state of Mysore, invited Iyengar to visit, in order to improve his health through yoga practice.

In 1937, he was 19, he was sent to the city of Pune in the state of Maharashtra to teach yoga but it was not until 1952 that Iyengar became an international guru, after he introduced renowned violinist introduced the violinist Yehudi Menuhin to the art.Menuhin was impressed by Iyengar’s skills and invited his teacher to Switzerland in 1954. After this introduction Iyengar continued visiting the West and schools teaching his brand of yoga were opened across the globe.

he died when she was 46 and Iyengar called his yoga school in Pune after her. His son, Prashant, and daughter, Geeta, are now the principal teachers in the Pune yoga school, and his granddaughter, Abhijat, has also taught there. He is also survived by four other daughters.

In 2004, Iyengar was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. In 2014 he was awarded a state honour, the Padma Vibhushan. He died in August 2014 aged 95.

His style–Iyengar Yoga–is characterized by tremendous control and discipline, which he exercised in ways not limited to confoundingly long headstands, said Google.BKS Iyengar 97th Birthday

 Iyengar, who passed away in August last year, has been honoured with the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan, India’s civilian awards. Iyengar, who is said to have been a teacher to several people including Sachin Tendulkar and Queen Elizabeth of Belgium, is popular for bringing Yoga to the West where he gathered hundreds of ardent followers.

Last year, bks Iyengar was also named one among 100 most influential people by Time Magazine.The doodle based on Iyengar on the Google homepage has been designed by Kevin Laughlin and has reached the web platforms of several countries including Russia, US, UK, Indonesia, Canada and Spain.

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