Iyengar Yoga strives for correct physical alignment, creating physical balance that will be reflected in the mind.

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What is iyengar yoga?

Iyengar Yoga strives for correct physical alignment, creating physical balance that will be reflected in the mind.

Traditional yoga is generally focused on breathing and flexibility. While balance is necessary to many yoga poses, few forms of yoga specifically concentrate on developing balance. Not so with Iyengar yoga. A form of Hatha yoga, Iyengar yoga gives primacy to the physical alignment of the body while performing the poses. The Iyengar school teaches that there is a correct way to do each pose, and that students can perfect poses over time through consistent practice. Iyengar yoga utilizes many props, including blankets, blocks, straps, pillows, chairs, and bolsters, to assist students in attaining ideal alignment. Poses are held longer than in other forms of yoga to allow time for correct alignment to be achieved. Holding the poses develops balance, builds strength, and increases flexibility. Iyengar yoga is suitable for beginners, as well as people who are ill, elderly, and overweight. Because perfect alignment is a long-term goal. Iyengar yoga is also good for the physically active and the experienced.

   

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