IYENGAR YOGA

Iyengar Yoga was created by B.K.S. Iyengar, and is a form of Hatha Yoga. Iyengar Yoga is known for its use of props such as belts, blocks, and blankets. The props enable students to perform the asanas (positions) correctly and minimising the risk of injury or strain. The development of strength, mobility and stability are emphasised through the asanas.

Iyengar Yoga is based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga as expounded by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras.

A form of Hatha Yoga, it focuses on the structural alignment of the physical body through the development of asanas. Through the practice of a system of asanas, it aims to unite the body, mind and spirit for health and wellbeing. This discipline is considered a powerful tool to relieve the stresses of modern-day life which in turn can help promote total physical and spiritual well-being.

Iyengar Yoga is characterised by great attention to detail and precise focus on body alignment. Iyengar pioneered the use of 'props' such as cushions, benches, blocks, straps and sand bags, which function as aids allowing beginners to experience asanas more easily and fully than might not otherwise be possible without several years of practice. Props also allow elderly, injured, tired or ill students to enjoy the benefits of many asanas via fully 'supported' methods requiring less muscular effort.

Standing poses are emphasised in Iyengar Yoga. They are said to build strong legs, increase general vitality, and improve circulation, coordination and balance, ensuring a strong foundation for study of more advanced poses. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iyengar_Yoga)

 

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