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what is iyengar yoga?

IYENGAR YOGA REFERS TO A TRADITIONAL STYLE OF YOGA, NAMED AFTER BKS IYENGAR, WHO ENDEAVOURED TO MAKE YOGA ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE, REGARDLESS OF AGE OR ABILITY. The aim of Iyengar Yoga is to unite the body, mind and spirit through precise, ordered movements, for improved health and wellbeing. Iyengar Yoga emphasises technique, sequencing and timing – in other words, how, when & for how long a pose is done. The use of props, such as blankets, blocks and belts is also encouraged, to achieve an optimal pose (asana), regardless of fitness or ability.

how is iyengar yoga different to other yoga disciplines?

First, the precision of Iyengar Yoga sets it apart. Poses are practised to allow you to relax, balance and breathe in each one. They are grouped in specific sequences to achieve the optimal benefit of strength, flexibility and balance. There is no improvisation in Iyengar Yoga, unlike other yoga disciplines, with every pose precisely ordered.

Second, the use of props also differentiates Iyengar Yoga. Props, such as belts, blankets, blocks, ropes and chairs are utilised to help you position your body to maximise the desired effect. The use of props can also help those with mobility challenges participate and enjoy the benefits of Iyengar Yoga, opening its benefits to everyone. Props are not only used to gain access to poses, they are also used to intensify, challenge, deepen, relax or support poses for a multitude of reasons, in every level of practitioner.

who should consider iyengar yoga?

Iyengar Yoga was designed by BKS Iyengar to be accessible to everyone, so anybody, regardless of age, ability or fitness can benefit from this style of yoga. The use of props and the emphasis on developing correct posture makes this ideal for beginners, people with injuries or mobility issues and older participants too. At the same time even the most capable of bodies and practised minds will be challenged. Iyengar yoga is also perfect for busy professionals looking for a way to release tension, discover peace and cultivate calm.

what are the benefits of iyengar yoga?

Iyengar yoga can improve physical and mental health, bring mental calm and enhance your ability to cope with the demands of daily life. On the surface yoga strengthens, balances, increases mobility, and corrects posture and imbalances. With regular practice, yoga teaches you to stop, breathe, and listen to your body; practise being in the moment; and reflect. These practises will help increase your clarity, cohesion, stress resistance, sleep quality and general health.

what to expect when beginning iyengar yoga?

You will be welcomed warmly and encouraged to work at your own capacity, concentrating on correct technique as you are guided through the practice. Personalised guidance is provided where needed to best suit your learning. The basic postures taught at the beginning will build strength and stamina, and improve muscular tone, flexibility, and alignment. Practicing with awareness reduces tiredness and soothes the nerves. It also trains and disciplines the mind so that concentration is improved.

This is a personal and individual journey towards improved physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Even after a small amount of practice you will notice a difference in your wellbeing, experiencing improved concentration, better emotional regulation and enhanced feelings of confidence and well-being. Just imagine how amazing you’ll feel after more regular practice!

tips for practising iyengar yoga

  • Find a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher/s to learn from. Teacher certification within the Iyengar Yoga system takes many years of intense training and is a dedication to continual development.
  • Focus on bringing attention to both your body and your breathing throughout.
  • Don’t rush yourself or compare yourself with others in the class – this is an individual and personal practice to increase your vitality, energy and longevity.
  • Asanas are progressively taught so you will experience feelings of confidence and wellbeing.
  • This progressive learning of asanas will provide a strong base and quality process on which to build your practice.

If you’re interested in discovering more about Iyengar Yoga, contact our friendly team at Infuse Health and find out how our Iyengar Yoga School can improve your own health and wellbeing.