Accessibility. Iyengar yoga has an entry point for nearly everyone regardless of age, gender, or state of health. The postures are modified with props as necessary to allow students to work at their appropriate level. A certified Iyengar teacher can guide all students to an experience of yoga, which is safe, accessible and progressive.
Longer holds of the postures. Longer holds allow the necessary time for a practitioner to take their awareness inward. With time and stillness, we are able to notice blocked, weak or rigid areas of the body. Longer holds allow for full circulation of vital energy (prana), blood and intelligence to the entire body.
Use of Props. BKS Iyengar developed the use of props such as blocks, straps, chairs, etc. to facilitate longer holds of postures and to adjust the body to accurate alignment. Proper alignment reduces extraneous effort and excess muscular tension, and prevents the development of hyper-flexibility which can be damaging to the joints.
Home practice. The Iyengar classroom is a learning environment that encourages students to take the new knowledge into their home practice. Without a personal practice, the study of yoga is incomplete. Iyengar students become self-sufficient, not teacher-dependent.
Pranayama. Pranayama (controlled breathing) is an elevated art, and is learned in a safe and subtle manner as a practice unto itself. There are no aggressive or forceful breathing practices that can cause breathing “highs,” damage sensitive nerves, and create excessive heat and nervous disorders.
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