Today’s Google Doodle marks the birthday of renowned Indian yoga guru, B.K.S. Iyengar, and we have to say it’s mighty sweet. Guruji, as he is known by his students, passed away in August of last year. He would have turned 97 today.
Though many still miss his earthly presence, Iyengar lives on through his teachings and his legacy as one of the pioneers of modern yoga. And now he shall be immortalized in the annals of Google Doodle history – featuring three animations of a cartoon Guruji taking Trikonasana, Kapotasana, and Parivrrtaikakapada Sirsasana.
Are these not super cute?
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 confoundingly 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.
Happy Birthday, Guruji.