Iyengar was credited with his own brand of yoga and taught author Aldous Huxley and violinist Yehudi Menuhin, among other celebrities.
He died in 2013 in the western city of Pune, aged 95.
Iyengar yoga is now taught in more than 70 countries and the guru’s books have been translated into 13 languages.
The Google doodle shows an animated figure practicing some of the yoga poses or “asanas” made famous by Iyengar.
One of yoga’s finest teachers, he practised what he called an “art and science” for more than eight decades and ran one of India’s top yoga schools in Pune.
He continued to practise – once telling a correspondent that “practice is my feast” – in his old age and could still do the sirsasana – or the headstand – for half an hour until just before his death.
He used around 50 props, including ropes and mats, to align and stretch the body. Continue reading >>