This style is named after Sri. B.K.S. Iyengar, a living master who has been developing this teaching method and practice for over 60 years. It focuses on classic postures with a deep awareness of correct alignment and precise actions in the body.
This therapeutic method is appropriate for anyone – regardless of age, degree of health or other perceived limitations. In addition to building strength and flexibility, Iyengar yoga can help increase your ability to focus, observe, be present and relax.
Classes often involve the use of props (wooden blocks, belts, blankets, bolsters, etc.) to aid in the proper alignment of the pose. This also makes it possible for people of all ages and levels to access the poses.
Because Iyengar teachers are required to pass on-going rigorous certifications, they usually reflect an especially high level of integrity and expertise. Often times, they will offer several verbal cues and corrections to ensure that students have proper alignment.
An example of Iyengar Yoga
Some people avoid Iyengar classes because they appear “easy” as they don’t tend to get as sweaty as a movement-based Vinyasa class. Iyengar yoga, however, is challenging in that it requires focus and attention to your own body and alignment which can be hugely beneficial as a supplement to the rest of your yoga practice.
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