BKS Iyengar's Birthday: Google Dedicates Doodle To Legendary Yoga Guru

| December 14 , 2015 , 08:18 IST
[caption id="attachment_161274" align="aligncenter" width="700"]B. K. S. Iyengar style of yoga Google said, "B.K.S. Iyengar, it’s been said, could hold a headstand for nearly half an hour well into his eighties.[/caption] Google on Monday honoured world renowned yoga guru BKS Iyengar with a animated doodle marking his 97th birthday. The doodle features several asanas performed by Iyengar. Google said, "B.K.S. Iyengar, it’s been said, could hold a headstand for nearly half an hour well into his eighties. He was instrumental in bringing yoga to the West, beloved by followers on nearly every continent (certainly a few of his techniques have reached a base camp somewhere in Antarctica, but we couldn’t be sure), and advised such aspiring yogis as Aldous Huxley, Sachin Tendulkar, and Queen Elizabeth of Belgium. His style--Iyengar Yoga--is characterized by tremendous control and discipline, which he exercised in ways not limited to confoundingly long headstands. "To remember the pioneering and deeply spiritual yogi on what would have been his 97th birthday, Kevin Laughlin used a few of the master’s poses, or asanas, to help complete the logo on today’s homepage." it said. Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar, was born in 1918 into a poor family in southern India. 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. Iyengar was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991, the Padma Bhushan in 2002 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2014. Iyengar had also authored numerous books on Yoga, its practices and various techniques. He was also named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2004. The legendary yoga guru breathed his last at the age of 95 and passed away in August 20, 2014.