Yoga is for everybody, but not every style of yoga is for everyone.
There are so many different styles of yoga that it becomes difficult for the practitioners to choose one, let alone the newbies. Not all yoga styles are the same, some styles can appear completely different from the other.
Some yoga enthusiasts like to hop around and learn different styles whereas some like to progress with one or two specific forms of yoga. If you are willing to try a form of yoga that fulfills your physical, mental as well as emotional needs then Iyengar yoga is the most desirable choice.
What is Iyengar Yoga?
Founded by B.K.S. Iyengar, Iyengar Yoga is a form of Hatha Yoga, that emphasizes precision and alignment while performing the asanas. This style of yoga focuses on the quality of the moves rather than the quantity. Thus it is a safe style of yoga that one can perform as the body adapts to the yoga poses gradually.
This style of Hatha yoga pays extreme attention to physical positioning. Many types of props such as belts, straps, blocks and blankets are used to help stay longer in postures and improves the alignment of the body. Though some may find this Hatha yoga style to be daunting, it is usually the safest style of yoga due to its constant heed to body alignment.
What makes the Iyengar yoga method so unique?
All styles of yoga practice come with their own set of merits. Nevertheless, this creation of hatha yoga provides us with a clear and upright methodology – always infusing positive force throughout our body to build an integrated, well-balanced system.
Though Iyengar yoga typically focuses on paying attention to precision, detail, body alignment and prop practice, it has a lot to offer. What characteristics Iyengar yoga is that it teaches you how to peacefully abide in the body.
Not only this but this style of yoga practice can be fine-tuned to each individual and their requirements. Thus it is not a fixed method, as it changes with each person’s needs and limitations, one step at a time.
There are a myriad of reasons to do Iyengar yoga, but here are some of the best reasons to give this form of hatha yoga a try.
Iyengar yoga is a very structured form of yoga as it progresses gradually, learning the fundamentals before attempting more challenging postures. The newcomers begin with the standing yoga postures and are slowly introduced to the sitting and lying yoga poses, forward extensions, twists and backbends.
Tones your body
As you hold the poses a little longer it gives a good stretch to your muscles and also helps you tone your body and build strength. As Iyengar yoga involves the entire body, the attention is paid not just primarily to the muscles but also on how they are related to other parts of the body to benefit them all. Thus it is a complete body toning experience that you cannot miss!
Calms your Mind
As Iyengar Yoga mainly concentrates on the body alignment, as soon as you perform an asana or pose, you disregard all other thoughts in your mind. You can consider it as a kind of meditation and just like meditation, the longer you practice it, the more relaxed your mind will be.
Safe to perform
Iyengar yoga involves the systematic progression of yoga poses to improve each individual’s strength and experience. Quality of the postures is always the priority thus once stability has been achieved in a pose, it slowly progresses with the intensity of the posture.
Its systematic and progressive approach makes it one of the safest forms of yoga to be performed.
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