What’s So Different About Iyengar Yoga?

You’ve decided to start yoga to find calm, inner peace and health and vitality. Great!

Except, it can be overwhelming navigating the many distinct yoga disciplines out there. After making sense of each discipline and what makes each one unique, you then need to choose which type of yoga is best suited to you and your needs.

If you’ve come to yoga looking to alleviate stress and anxiety, feeling overwhelmed before you even begin could be enough to see you give up before you start.

We believe yoga is for everyone and that no-one should miss out on the many benefits yoga provides. So, we’ve put together this guide to Iyengar Yoga versus the other yoga disciplines so you can easily understand the difference and make the right call.

Take a deep breath and say goodbye to overwhelm with our handy yoga guide.

What are the main yoga disciplines?

Hatha – a broad term for any style of yoga where physical postures are used to encourage you to stretch your body while establishing a sense of peace and relaxation.

Ashtanga – involves a rigorous sequence of specific postures that links breath with movement,  based on six series of asanas, with the same poses always performed in the same order.

Vinyasa – uses fluid movements to build up intensity, moving smoothly from pose to pose, creating a dance-like rhythm while developing a stronger mind-body connection.

Bikram – also known as ‘hot yoga’, this system involves a series of 26 traditional Hatha postures undertaken in an artificially heated room to help draw out toxins from the body.

Iyengar – an accessible system emphasising technique, sequencing and timing to unite the body, mind and spirit. Props are often used to help achieve an optimal pose.

What is Iyengar Yoga?

Iyengar Yoga refers to a traditional style of yoga, named after BKS Iyengar, who wanted to make yoga accessible to everyone. Using precise, ordered movements, Iyengar Yoga aims to unite the body, mind and spirit to improve health and wellbeing.

Iyengar Yoga focuses on technique, sequencing and timing to ensure participants get the most benefit out of each class. Props, such as blankets, blocks and belts, are used to help everyone, regardless of fitness or ability, achieve optimal results from their practise.

Of all the yoga disciplines, Iyengar Yoga is best suited to beginners, over 50s, people carrying injuries and anyone with mobility issues.

How is Iyengar Different to Other Yoga Disciplines?

The main difference between Iyengar Yoga and other yoga disciplines is in the use of props to help position the body to maximise health and wellbeing. Props, such as belts, blankets, blocks, ropes and chairs help everyone participate. Props are also used to challenge, intensify, deepen relax or support poses as you progress in your practice.

Iyengar Yoga is also different to other yoga disciplines in its focus on technique, sequencing and timing. Poses are practised to allow you to relax, balance and breathe, grouped in specific sequences to achieve optimal strength, flexibility and balance. Every pose is precisely ordered, with no improvisation allowed, so you gain the maximum benefit from your practice.

Yoga teacher showing student correct Yoga stance
Lady Teaching Yoga Class in Newcastle at Infuse Health

Why Choose Iyengar Yoga?

Specifically designed to be accessible to everyone, the use of props and the emphasis on developing correct posture makes Iyengar Yoga ideal for beginners. If you’re older, carrying injuries or experience mobility issues, this form of yoga is perfect for you too, allowing anybody, regardless of age, ability or fitness, to benefit.

Ideal for busy professionals looking for a way to release tension, Iyengar Yoga improves physical and mental health and enhances your ability to cope with the demands of daily life. Regular practise improves clarity, cohesion, stress resistance, sleep quality as well as overall general health.

How to Find an Iyengar Yoga Class

When looking for an Iyengar Yoga class, it’s important to find a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. Teacher certification within the Iyengar Yoga system takes many years of intense training and dedication to continual development, ensuring you’re learning from the best

In Newcastle, Infuse Health offers a range of Iyengar Yoga classes, ranging from beginners through to more advanced practise. With more than 30 years combined experience, our certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers are committed to continually improving their own practise, to deliver the best experience for you.

Our friendly studio is ready to welcome new participants and introduce you to the many benefits of Iyengar Yoga. If you’ve always wanted to give yoga a go, but have been afraid to try, come in and discover how the most accessible of yoga disciplines can help improve your health and wellbeing.

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