What is Iyengar yoga?

 

summary

A form of Hatha yoga, Iyengar yoga uses a number of different props to emphasis alignment and precision of movement in every posture. Iyengar teaches how all eight aspects of Ashtanga yoga are integrated and focuses on the aspect of "sequencing," the practice of intentionally grouping and linking specific asanas together.

origin

BKS Iyengar began his teaching in 1936 after studying in Mysore, India, with yoga guru Krisnamacharya. His pursuit started when he was attempting to improve his health while suffering from tuberculosis. Iyengar tradition has been carried on with the help of his son Prashant and his daughter Geeta as well as other family members and the Iyengar yoga community world wide.

benefits

Aside from the basic benefits that any yoga practice gives us, Iyengar uses props that can benefit in a number of ways: they help with precision, put less stress on your muscles, and are helpful if you're recovering from an injury.

good for beginners

Iyengar yoga is great for all levels, from advanced yogis who want to work on alignment or beginners who are getting used to the basic form of all postures.

what to wear

Try to steer away from loose clothing since alignment is a huge aspect of Iyengar yoga. Form-fitting clothing will help you and your instructor ensure you are practicing Iyengar safely and properly.

what to bring

Bring the yoga essentials: mat, water and towel. The props should be provided if you are a beginner.

what to expect

Iyengar yoga is popular both with beginners and experienced students. Expect a lot of attention to be put on alignment and how specific movements and sequences affect our bodies. Iyengar is a wonderful style for people looking to deepen their practice.