Saturday March 24, 2018

Yoga guru BKS Iyengar features on Google Doodle


New Delhi: BKS Iyengar, India’s foremost yoga teacher who brought the ancient Indian practice to the West, is being celebrated by today’s Google Doodle on the occasion of his 97th birthday.

The animated doodle, made by Kevin Laughlin, features an old man who looks just like Iyengar going through different yoga asanas of the ‘Iyengar Yoga’, a style “characterized by tremendous control and discipline”.

“BKS Iyengar, it’s been said, could hold a headstand for nearly half an hour well into his eighties,” said the search engine giant.

Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar was born in 1918 into a poor South Indian family. He was one of 13 children, of whom only 10 survived.

The sickly child suffered from malaria and typhoid. To restore his health, his brother-in-law, Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, often referred to as ‘the father of modern yoga’, invited the 13-year-old boy to his yoga school in Mysore.

He studied anatomy, physiology and psychology. After his spine got dislocated in a scooter accident, Iyengar began to experiment on the use of props to help the disabled practice yoga. He later pioneered modern therapeutic yoga.

At 19, Iyengar was sent to Pune to teach yoga, a practice which, according to him, involved both “art and science”. Thus began his career of almost eight decades.

It was here that famed violinist Yehudi Menuhin approached Iyengar because he couldn’t relax or sleep. However, Guru Iyengar, in a 2001 interview with broadcaster Sir Mark Tully, said that Menuhin was “snoring happily away…within one minute.”

The impressed violinist invited Iyengar to Switzerland in 1954, thus launching him as an international guru.

He went on to teach author Aldous Huxley, Sachin Tendulkar, and the Queen Elizabeth of Belgium, who is said to have learned his trademark sirsasana headstand at the age of 80.

The yoga guru continued his visits to the West till the practice was taught across several institutes around the world. Guru Iyengar is the only person to have popularized the practice to this extent in India and abroad. Iyengar Yoga is now taught in 70 countries.

Starting with ‘Light on Yoga’, Iyengar authored several other books on yoga as well. He also encouraged women to take up yoga, even during pregnancy.

Iyengar, who passed away in August last year of heart and renal failure at the age of 95, was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991, Padma Bhushan in 2002 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2014 for his immense contribution to yoga. He was also included in TIME’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2004.

“The West knows yoga because of Iyengar. He developed a style of yoga for ordinary people. He introduced simple props and aids like ropes, blankets, wall to facilitate people to make it easy for the masses,” said Yogi Santatmananda Saraswati of Swami Dayananda Ashram, in Rishikesh, at the time of his death.

Today’s doodle based on Iyengar has reached several countries including Russia, US, UK, Indonesia, Canada and Spain.

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Paytm more preferred by Indian professionals than Google: LinkedIn

The rankings are based on analysis of flexible hours, a good parental leave policy, and time-off to do more than work to attract and retain good talent.

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  • Indian professionals prefer Paytm
  • After it, Amazon is the second most preferred app
  • Other preferred apps include Oyo, Flipkart, uber, etc.

Professionals in India prefer home-grown technology and mobile Internet companies such as One97 Communications (Paytm), Directi and Flipkart more than global giants such as Google Inc. and Amazon as their workplace, reveals a new report by LinkedIn which was published on Wednesday. The report includes the ranking of 25 most sought-after companies in India according to professionals, based on proprietary LinkedIn data as well as billions of actions by over 546 million professionals present on the platform.

Paytm is the most preferred app by indian professionals.Wikimedia Commons
Paytm is the most preferred app by Indian professionals. Wikimedia Commons

Amazon, which previously the second spot for the past two years in the list, consecutively, is now ranked fourth in the list after the top three companies namely Directi, Flipkart, and One97 Communications. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has been ranked seventh in the “Top Companies” list by Indian professionals on the social network site.

“The ‘Top Companies’ list highlights the companies where professionals in India want to work now, from homegrown companies to global giants,” said Adith Charlie, India Editor, LinkedIn. “Data shows us that an opportunity to work at solving big problems, rewriting the rules of one’s industry or simply putting a big name on one’s résume could be powerful motivators,” he added said.

Also Read: Popular App Paytm likely to merge Wallet Business with Payments Bank Operation

Ola saw a drop of 11 spots as it came down to the 16th this year from the fifth position in 2017, while McKinsey & Company made a significant jump to the sixth position from 24th last year. This year, more than 50 per cent of the companies in the list are new entrants including Directi (first), Anheuser-Busch InBev (fifth), EY (ninth) and Daimler AG (11th) which have given stiff competition to all the usual top runners namely Adobe (12th), Ola (16th) and Reliance Industries (24th).

Amazon is the second most preferred app. Wikimedia Commons

These rankings are based on analysis of flexible working hours, a great parental leave policy, and time-off to do more than work in order to attract as well as retain good talent. KPMG India and OYO, which is a network of budget hotels in the country, are the other companies which featured on the list of top 10 most preferred companies by Indian professionals. IANS

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