Yoga in the Iyengar tradition emphasizes a balance between strength, flexibility and endurance. The method of study is orderly and progressive. It utilizes precision of movement and attention to subtle aspects of posture (asana) and breath (pranayama).
This system of yoga has a rich diversity of postures, many of which are accessed through the use of props. Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar pioneered the use of simple tools such as blocks, mats and straps as well as more complex inventions such as “backbenders” and boxes designed for specific purposes. Props are used to help educate students about the nuances of the postures. They can also assist a student in achieving the benefits of yoga regardless of age and fitness levels.
In the Iyengar method of yoga, students are first taught the shapes of the poses and concentration is cultivated. Gradually, and with consistent practice, an awareness of the organic process of yoga develops. Actions which further refine the alignment of the poses are learned. At this point, the practice becomes more penetrating and inward looking. Students are guided towards increased self-awareness, and a state of meditation in action and joy in life occurs. This methodical process is at the heart of Iyengar Yoga.
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