Iyengar Yoga is a form of yoga that has been named after B.K.S. Iyengar who developed it together with T. Krishnamacharya of whom he was a disciple. Together with the assistance of Patabbhi Jois who is credited with the development of Ashtanga Yoga as well as some other yoga masters, they brought the practice of yoga to the West as it is known today. Iyengar Yoga directly comes from the ancient traditions of classical Hatha yoga. However, over the years it has evolved to become a clear and precise method which can be easily understood by modern practitioners. Plenty of attention is paid to the alignment of the various Iyengar Yoga poses so that the mind is drawn inwards while at the same time connected and focused to reality.
Iyengar Yoga mainly focuses on 3 different aspects, namely sequencing, alignment, and timing. Alignment is all about maintaining the specifically intended pose and also respecting the boundaries of the body at the same time. Usage of props is encouraged for helping students to perform an asana while preventing from any kind of injury taking place. By practicing the right kind of alignment it is possible to achieve the perfect balance between the body, breath, and mind.
Maintaining the right kind of sequence means that the postures should be performed at the right order. This helps to manage all poses in a structured and safe progression. It also makes it possible to initiate the opening as well as the balance of the emotional and physical body.
Unlike some of the other forms of yoga such as Vinyasa Yoga, the poses associated with Iyengar yoga comparatively have a greater duration of time, i.e. the poses should be maintained for longer durations of time. Once stability is achieved with a certain pose, depth of the pose can be safely enhanced. It helps in developing flexibility and strength and improves awareness and sensitivity between the mind and body.
Here are some of the distinct benefits of practicing Iyengar Yoga:
One of the best things about this form of yoga is that it can be practiced by anyone and everyone. There are both basic as well as advanced Iyengar yoga classes that can help in developing in-depth knowledge and understanding of these poses. Practicing this form of yoga can not only strengthen the body and mind but it can also enhance a person’s immunity strength. It is due to this reason that Iyengar yoga is considered to be greatly beneficial.