Iyengar Yoga

If you are looking for precision and structural alignment in your yoga practice, Iyengar yoga may be the right pick for you. Founded by B.K.S. Iyengar, this system of yoga is easy to spot for its use of props, including belts, blocks, cushions, benches and more. It is a form of Hatha Yoga and is very popular in the United States.

In a logical way, Iyengar systematically presented the asanas from Patanjali into a structure of 200 asana (poses) and 14 pranayama (breathing techniques). There is a progression from easy to difficult, so that the body is supported in steady growth and improvement of flexibility, strength and balance.

Iyengar yoga focuses on keeping the body in proper alignment, which prevents injury and pain. What if you aren’t a pretzel yet? He thought of that…wanting us all to maintain correct posture and not just push ourselves into a pose, Iyengar emphasized using props such as blocks and belts to extend our reach and support our muscles.

Poses are held for a longer length of time to allow the body to settle into a pose and receive the benefits from the physical and energetic position. This has lead to Iyengar being very useful for therapeutic rehabilitation for people with physical problems such as chronic backache.

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