Google marks BKS Iyengar’s 97th b’day with `yoga-esque`

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Google featured an interactive doodle on Monday to celebrate the life of yoga guru BKS Iyengar on his 97th birth anniversary.

Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar, who was born in 1918 into a poor family in Mysore – one of 13 children, of whom only 10 survived, founded the style of yoga known as ‘Iyengar yoga’.

It has been said that Iyengar could hold a headstand for nearly half an hour well into his eighties and his styGoogle marks BKS Iyengar's 97th b'day with `yoga-esque`le – Iyengar Yoga – is characterised by tremendous control and discipline, which he exercised in ways not limited to confoundingly long headstands, Google said in a statement.

It has been said that Iyengar could hold a headstand for nearly half an hour well into his eighties and his style – Iyengar Yoga – is characterised by tremendous control and discipline, which he exercised in ways not limited to confoundingly long headstands, Google said in a statement.

According to an article in the Mirror, Iyengar suffered from poor health and at the age of 15 one of his brother-in-laws, who ran a yoga school in Mysore, invited him to improve his health through yoga practice. He was instrumental in introducing yoga first in India and then to the world. He founded his own yoga style known as “Iyengar Yoga”.

Iyengar was awarded the Padma Vibhushan during the Republic Day celebrations in 2014. Iyengar, easily recognisable by his bushy eyebrows and silvery locks of shoulder-length hair, practiced yoga until two months before he died in August 2014, and even did headstands in his 90s.