I am so happy to see Google honoring B K S Iyengar through its Google Doodle on his 97th birthday.
The Doodle image of B K S Iyengar is performing Utthita Trikonasana-Triangle Yoga Pose, Headstand and Backbends.
About B K S Iyengar
Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar or B K S Iyengar was born in 1918 in southern India, founded the style of yoga known as ‘Iyengar yoga.’
He was taught Yoga by his brother-in-law Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who is known as the ‘Father of Modern Yoga’.
B K S Iyengar was author of famous Yoga books : Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and Light on Life.
B K S Iyengar was awarded Padma Shri in 1991, the Padma Bhushan in 2002 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2014.
He was featured in Time Magazine as 100 most influential people of the world in 2004.
He moved to Pune at the age of 18 to teach yoga after encouragement from his Yoga Guru.
There is an interesting story behind his meeting with famous violinist Yehudi Menuhin.
“Because Iyengar had taught the famous philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti, he was asked to go to Bombay to meet Menuhin, who was known to be interested in yoga. Menuhin said he was very tired and could spare only five minutes. Iyengar told him to lie down in Savasana (lying on his back), and he fell asleep. After one hour, Menuhin awoke refreshed and spent another two hours with Iyengar. Menuhin came to believe that practising yoga improved his playing, and in 1954 invited Iyengar to Switzerland. At the end of that visit, he presented his yoga teacher with a watch on the back of which was inscribed, “To my best violin teacher, BKS Iyengar”. Source: Wikipedia.
Here are some famous quotes of B.K.S.Iyengar which always inspire and motivate the Yoga community and others also.
When you see a mistake in somebody else, try to find if you are making the same mistake.
This is the way to take judgment and to turn it into improvement.
Do not look at others’ bodies with envy or with superiority.
All people are born with different constitutions.
Never compare with others.
Each one’s capacities are a function of his or her internal strength.
Know your capacities and continually improve upon them.”
Hope some of them must have inspired you, to do Yoga.