Iyengar awarded one of India’s top honors

We stay away from most news about B.K.S. Iyengar, for any number of reasons  you can guess. Not our lineage. The old stories of the strife between him and Pattabhi Jois (however true or eventually untrue).

But mostly, it’s because: Iyengar. Meh. Too slow.

That’s just us.

Still, it is worth noting that Iyengar has just been awarded the Padma Vibhushan, which media reports from India say is that country’s second highest civilian honor. Here’s a bit from the Hindu:

The world famous yoga guru, B.K.S. Iyengar, and the former chief of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), R.A. Mashelkar, have been awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honour.

Mr. Iyengar (95), who founded the Iyengar school of yoga that has millions of followers across the globe including in China, was once named by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential persons in the world.

The Indian Express has more:

Yoga Guru B K S Iyengar, who has also been conferred the Padma Vibhushan, dedicated the award to Pune and Puneites. “The city and its people have greatly contributed to my success. I am so delighted that I am not able to express it. 80 years of my sadhana has brought name and fame not only to me but to the art of yoga,” said Iyengar.

“Credit for this honour goes to all Puneites. It’s their blessings which have brought me this award. Also it’s a rare event that two Puneites have got the award in the same year. I am happy for Raghunath Mashelkar as well. He is a great scientist and a friend,” said the 95-year-old yoga trainer.

“The art of yoga.” I’ll admit to liking the sound of that.

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