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Google Celebrates Yoga Guru’s Birthday

For the very first time, Google celebrates Yoga

Google doodle is applauding 97th birth anniversary of Indian yoga guru. Google is honoring Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar, (born 14 December, 1918)  better known as B.K.S. Iyengar, on his 97th birthday anniversary today on 14 December 2015.

He is considered the founder of the style of yoga known as “Iyengar Yoga” and was considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world.

He was also the author of many books on yoga custom and philosophy including “Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama”, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and Light on Life.

Iyengar was one of the earliest students of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya his brother in law , who is often referred to as “the father of modern yoga”.

Google iyengar
Google iyengar


Iyengar was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991, the Padma Bhushan in 2002 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2014.

He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2004.


Iyenger was born in poverty-stricken family at Karnataka India.Throughout his childhood, lyengar struggled with malaria, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, and general malnutrition.

“My arms were thin, my legs were spindly, and my stomach protruded in an ungainly manner,” he wrote. “My head used to hang down, and I had to lift it with great effort.”

He was the 11th of 13 children (10 of whom survived) of father Sri Krishnamachar, a school teacher, and mother Sheshamma.

His brother-in-law, yogi Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, in 1934,  advised the 15-year-old Iyengar to come to Mysore,  to improve his health through yoga practice.

There at mysore, Iyengar learned asana practice, which steadily improved his health.

International Fame:

Iyengar had taught the famous philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti, he advised iyengar to visit Bombay to meet Menuhin, who was known to be interested in yoga.

Iyengar assisted the famous violinist Yehudi Menuhin in year 1952 who became a close friend of iyengar.

Menuhin gave him the break that transformed Iyengar from a comparatively obscure Indian yoga teacher into an international yoga guru.

Among his other devotees were the novelist Aldous Huxley, the actress Annette Bening and the designer Donna Karan. Many prominent Indian figures, including the cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and the Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor are also his followers.


BKS Iyengar backbend asana
BKS Iyengar backbend asana

The noun “Iyengar” is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as “a type of Hatha yoga focusing on the correct alignment of the body, making use of straps, wooden blocks, and other objects as aids in achieving the correct postures.”

Source : India Today