December 14 – Yoga Day

Posted on December 14, 2016

Some people celebrate today as Yoga Day because it is the birthday of a man called “the father of modern yoga,” B.K.S. Iyengar.

Iyengar is credited with popularizing yoga in India and, later, around the world!

Iyengar had a rough start to his life. When he was born, in a region that was then the Kingdom of Mysore – but is now a part of India, his town had been hit by an influenza pandemic. He caught the disease – just a newborn! The disease left him a sickly baby and child. He suffered from diseases and malnutrition as a kid – malaria, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, etc.

Also, when Iyengar was just 9 years old, his father died of appendicitis.

A yogi who happened to his brother-in-law invited the 15-year-old Iyengar to learn yoga, which is a way of moving and breathing, but most of all a way of focusing attention and energy, in order to improve health.

That invitation changed Iyengar's life!

By age 18 Iyengar was teaching yoga. And eventually he taught some well-known people (including actors, novelists, and queens). When he taught the famous violinist Yehudi Menuhin, and Menuhin decided that practicing yoga improved his performance ability, suddenly the world opened up to Iyengar.

There are lots of yoga resources online. Here's one! 

After having such a sickly babyhood and childhood,
Iyengar ended up living a really long, full life!

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