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Google Doodle celebrated Yoga pioneer, BKS Iyengar’s 97th birthday


Google is rejoicing well-known yoga innovator BKS Iyengar with its newest animated doodle.

Iyengar is accredited with doing more than anyone else to promote yoga in the West.

He originated his peculiar style of yoga, Iyengar, which is now imparted in more than 70 countries and personally taught the likes of violinist Yehudi Menuhin and author Aldous Huxley.

The web giant’s extraordinary homepage marks his 97th birthday.

Iyenha’s full name was Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar, and he died last year in August, aged 95.

He was born in 1918 in India, into a poor family, the 11th of 13 children, and wriggled all over his childhood with diseases including typhoid and malaria.

He was familiarised to yoga by Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, his brother-in-law, himself a well-known figure frequently mentioned as the “father of modern yoga”, in the hope of refining his health and by 18 had turned out to be a teacher in the Indian city of Pune. 

After being invited to Switzerland by Menuhin in 1954, who had been overwhelmed with him during a visit to Pune, he instigated to make an imprint in the West.

He continued to visit the US and Europe after this first trip as his inspiration blow-out, with schools ensuing his lessons inaugurating around the world.

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