What is Iyengar Yoga?
Iyengar Yoga is based on the teachings of the living yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar, author of many books including the classic yoga treatise Light on Yoga.
Iyengar Yoga is one of the world’s most widely-practiced forms of yoga and is known for it’s emphasis on correct alignment of the whole body within each yoga pose. This precision builds strength and stamina, balance and flexibility and a new sense of well being. Iyengar Yoga is also known for its use of props (blankets, blocks, straps and chairs) which allow all practitioners access to the benefits of the postures regardless of physical condition, age, or length of study.
Is Iyengar Yoga good for beginners?
Iyengar Yoga is a style of yoga that is great for all levels. Beginner students can expect to quickly gain confidence in their poses because of it’s precise attention to the correct alignment of each posture. It is also a wonderful addition to an existing yoga practice because it allows one to refine and deepen their awareness of each individual posture. Iyengar Yoga classes are a safe place to begin practicing regardless of your fitness level. Yoga postures can be modified to meet the individual needs of each student.
What to expect in an Iyengar Yoga class:
Iyengar Yoga develops strength, endurance, and optimal body alignment, in addition to flexibility and relaxation. Practitioners develop self-awareness, intelligent evaluation, and profound inward reflection. The attention to detail and cultivation of awareness is meant to not only maintain physical safety in the practice but to develop the mental benefits of a complete meditation in action.
No two classes are ever exactly the same. The variation in sequencing of Iyengar classes is influenced by the level and condition of the student, time of day, time of year, and many other factors.
In Iyengar yoga classes, the emphasis is on learning, not just doing. The teacher will usually teach through instruction, demonstration or adjustment so that the students can fully absorb the process and gain a more in-depth understanding of themselves.
Standing poses are emphasized at the beginning to build strength and ease of movement, increase general vitality, and improve circulation, coordination, and balance. Ensuring a strong foundation for the study of the other categories of and more advanced poses. Postures for deep relaxation are introduced from the beginning. Gradually, sitting and reclining postures, forward bends, inversions, backbends, twists, arm balance, and flowing sequences are introduced.
Most importantly you can expect to leave class feeling lighter, calmer, happier and more at ease in your body.
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