Who’s that Doodle on Google’s Homepage?

Who’s that Doodle on Google’s Homepage?

When Google honours a famous date, whether it be a holiday or significant birth/death day, you can typically take a guess at what the front page ‘doodle’ animation represents.

But who’s the skinny guy with the long hair, wearing nothing but underwear, that’s taken over Google’s ‘O’s on the homepage?

The mystery man is Indian Yoga Guru B.K.S. Iyengar, who’s credited with bringing yoga to the Western world. He’s synonymous with the ancient Indian practice, and Google is appropriately honoring is contributions today – his 97th birthday.

The doodle depicts the yoga master performing multiple poses, meant to characterize the “tremendous control and discipline, which he exercised in ways not limited to confoundingly long headstands,” Google said.

Bringing yoga to the West – via his tutelage of famous violinist Yehudi Menuhin – Iyengar was included in TIME’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2004. He eventually practiced and taught his own form of yoga, ‘Iyengar Yoga’, up until his death last year.

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