Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar was the Indian guru who brought yoga to the Western World. He was born in 1918 and he died two years ago when he was ninety-five. He suffered from typhoid, malaria and tuberculosis when he was a young boy. In general, his family’s economic condition was not enough to contribute a good care and nutrition. Thus, these kinds of sicknesses were evitable for him.
In 1934, his brother in love –Krishnamacharya- asked him come to Mysore for improving his health through yoga. After his practice of yoga, he got well soon so he described this process as his turning point. When he was eighteen, he moved to Pune for teaching yoga and he had support of Krishnamacharya. Thus, he spent his time exercising various techniques.
His Western career started with the violinist Yehudi Menuhin because after he healed Menuhin, he was invited to Switzerland. Then, he started to visit west frequently and his teaching system expended all around the world. He published his first book Light on Yoga and it was translated on seventeen languages. It became an international bestseller book and after this success he wrote more a dozen of books. Although he officially retired from teaching in 1984, he continued to teach special classes and giving lectures.
When he visited west regularly, he faced racism and misunderstanding because some people thought that he is an immigrant magician. Moreover, a hotel in London refused to accept him as a guest. However, after all these annoying events, he had a wonderful career and in his ninety-seventh birthday, Google Doodle honored him.