New Delhi, December 14: Google marks 97th birth anniversary of one of the world’s most widely practiced disciplines, and yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar. He is credited with introducing the western world to the ancient Indian practice.
The interactive doodle shows the renowned master in various yoga poses within Google’s logo, and is meant to characterize the “tremendous control and discipline, which he exercised in ways not limited to confounding long headstands,” the company said.
B.K.S. Iyengar, it’s been said, could hold a headstand for nearly half an hour well into his eighties.
He was instrumental in bringing yoga to the West, beloved by followers on nearly every continent (certainly a few of his techniques have reached a base camp somewhere in Antarctica, but we couldn’t be sure), and advised such aspiring yogis as Aldous Huxley, Sachin Tendulkar, and Queen Elizabeth of Belgium.
His style--Iyengar Yoga--is characterized by tremendous control and discipline, which he exercised in ways not limited to confounding long headstands.
To remember the pioneering and deeply spiritual yogi on what would have been his 97th birthday, Kevin Laughlin used a few of the master’s poses, or asanas, to help complete the logo on today’s homepage.
Widely credited with introducing the West to the ancient Indian tradition — primarily through his tutelage of famous violinist Yehudi Menuhin — Iyengar was included in TIME’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2004.
He continued to practice and teach “Iyengar Yoga,” as it came to be known, well into his eighties and almost right until his death in 2014.