Iyengar Yoga, created by B. K. S. Iyengar, is firmly based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga expounded by Patanjali. Iyengar yoga is steady and gradual with different groups of asanas to be practiced throughout the month. Mr. Iyengar systematised over 200 classical yoga Asanas and 14 different types of Pranayamas from simple to very difficult, this allows the student to naturally progress through the stages and build strength, gain flexibility and an open sensitive mind, body and spirit.
There are three main aspects to Iyengar yoga practice: Correct body alignment / technique, correct sequencing & concept of timing.
- Alignment / technique: by paying great attention to detail and precise focus on correct anatomical body alignment ensures no injury & a refined therapeutic deep healing process
- Sequence: by practicing the asanas in particular sequences a powerful cumulative effect achieved.
- Timing: When postures are held for considerable lengths of time, the effects of the poses penetrate more deeply within the individual.
What also makes Iyengar yoga unique is its use of props, such as belts and blocks, as aids in performing asanas. These props not only assist beginners but also help experienced practitioners get a deeper understanding of of the asanas.
Benefits of Iyengar Yoga:
enhances flexibility & strength, eliminates aches & pains, improves posture, helps with chronic fatigue, stress and recuperation from illness, encourages and nurtures spiritual evolution & sensitivity of the mind, body & spirit.