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Sunday, December 13, 2015
BKS Iyengar 97th Birthday: Google Doodle celebrates life of yoga guru
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.
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.