What is Iyengar Yoga?
Iyengar yoga is a method based on hatha yoga emphasising precision and alignment with the assistance of props to achieve perfection in all the asanas (poses).
Founded by Yogacharya B.K.S Iyengar (1918 – 2014), the Iyengar teaching method brings awareness to the detail in each asana to create correct alignment throughout the body. This method not only deepens your practice but gives you more direction. Through the use of a few simple props such as blocks, straps, benches and bolsters; students with different capabilities can gradually build strength, confidence and flexibility without the threat of strain or injury.
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Introduction to Yoga
Yoga (Sanskrit for union) originated in India thousands of years ago as a system of personal development uniting body, mind and spirit. Ancient Yogis developed a method of balancing the three forces of action, emotion and intelligence that they understood as man’s true identity, or soul, which work together with the mind and physical body. This unique method combines all the movements needed for physical health, breathing and meditation that ensure peace of mind.
Yoga in your life
Yoga is a powerful tool to create flexibility, strength and balance in the body. Yoga is also known to give a natural high and boost your zest for life, increase your ability to overcome mental obstacles, help you release physical or mental discomforts by lessening their attachment over you, transform lower energy modes into higher ones, create balance and inner peace in your life.
The Benefits of Yoga
Yoga will improve your body awareness so you can address areas that have been neglected over time. Understanding your physical imbalances will help you restore stressed, over and underworked muscles. Postural alignment takes focus and commitment, yet everyone always benefits from it. Iyengar yoga teaches you to move your body in an intelligent manner, using awareness and simple props. Regain your energy to heal both mentally and physically.
Other notable benefits from regular yoga practice are:
- weight loss
- improved body tone
- skin glow
- healthy digestion
- stronger immunity
- better sleep