IYENGAR YOGA IN
Iyengar yoga is
probably the best known and widely practiced system of Hatha Yoga today.
Based on the teachings of B.K.S Iyengar, this type of yoga is most concerned
with postural body alignment in order to obtain the maximum benefits
from the poses.
and a strong emphasis on standing poses are the distinguishing keys
used to develop strength, flexibility, concentration and a better posture.
A strong focus is given to create space in the joints and to reestablish
spinal alignment in the body with a detailed and symmetric workout.
Unlike more experiential approaches where students are encouraged to
independently "find their way" to the poses by imitating the
teacher, an Iyengar Yoga class is highly verbal and precise, with misalignments
and errors actively corrected. Everyone can practice this type of yoga,
at any age with tremendous physical and mental benefits.
Typical of this
type of yoga is also the use of props, such as blocks and belts to increase
the benefits coming from the postures and to accommodate any special
needs. In this way Iyengar yoga offers an excellent training for people
seeking fitness as well as therapy for chronic ailments. With a constant
practice, movements become fluid, precise and coordinated with breath.
The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body and a calm
Based on the traditional
eight limbs of yoga as expounded by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra, Iyengar
yoga is a perfect integration of the philosophy of yoga with the practice
of the postures (asanas). This is an intense yoga practice that builds
a precise and detailed awareness of body movement and brings you physical
health, energy and spiritual transformation.
is the instrument through which spiritual aims are achieved.”