Yoga guru Iyengar honored by Google


Search giant Google honored yoga guru B K S Iyengar’s 97th birth anniversary by posting a yoga posture doodle on its homepage..

Iyengar was born on December 14, 1918 in Bellur in Karnataka state of India. Although the Yoga system is well described in India’s Vedic scriptures, Iyenger, after a thorough study of yoga went on to become the founder of his own yoga style known as ‘Iyengar Yoga’.

Having a reputation of being one of the best yoga gurus in the world he authored several books on yoga such as Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and Light on Life. Recognizing his contribution, the Government of India awarded him the Padma Shri award in 1991, the Padma Bhushan in 2002 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2014.

Mr Iyenger left his body on 20 August 2014m when he was 95-year-old.

According to Bhagavad Gita, the perfection of Yoga goes much beyond bodily health.

Yoga, which was part of people’s lifestyle before a few thousands or even few hundred years ago, is again becoming a buzzword in the world these days.  The difference, however, is that modern people hardly know that Yoga is not only meant for healthy gross body but also for healthy subtle body which includes mind, intelligence and ego.
Take one step further and one will know how there are different types of yoga described in ancient Indian scriptures called Vedas. Bhagavad Gita elaborately speaks about the highest goal a human being can achieve by practicing yoga. (

if practiced in strict adherence to Vedic instructions, Yoga helps one go beyond the vicious cycle of birth and death. In fact, the topmost yoga, known as bhakti yoga, can enable one to enter into the abode of the Supreme Lord and engage with Him in one of the rasas, or transcendental mellows as explained in the Srimad Bhagavatam and other Vedic scriptures.


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