Google pays tribute to BKS Iyengar, popular yoga guru on the occasion of his birth anniversary today. He is popularly known for his Iyengar yoga which is developed by him and taught around the world in 70 countries. Google paid tribute through a fun, animated doodle which features an old man identical to Iyengar flitting between different Yoga asanas.
Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar was one of the earliest students of his brother in law, Tirumalai Krishnamacharya who is often referred to as “the father of modern yoga”.
BKS Iyengar credits his foreign career and success to famous violinist, Yehudi Menuhin. They once met in Pune and Menhuin use to complain about back pain. Iyengar taught him yoga and relieved him of his ailments. With gratefulness, Mehuhin invited him to his own country, Switzeland. Thus started Iyengar’s yoga teaching in foreign countries. He taught yoga to many prominent people like Sachin Tendulkar, novelist Aldous Huxley, actress Annette Bening and designer Donna Karan and Queen Elizabeth of Belgium.
Iyengar who passed away last year august was awarded Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan , Padma Vibushan. Last year he was named among Times 100 most influential people in the world.
“The West knows yoga because of Iyengar. He developed a style of yoga for ordinary people. He introduced simple props and aids like ropes, blankets, wall to facilitate people to make it easy for the masses,” Yogi Santatmananda Saraswati of Swami Dayananda Ashram, Rishikesh, said at the time of his death
His eldest daughter Geeta and his son Prashant have become internationally renowned yoga practitioners and now run the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute – which BKS Iyengar founded in 1975 in honour of his late wife