Iyengar Yoga Postures

What is Iyengar Yoga?
Iyengar Yoga is a style of Yoga started and made popular by B.K.S.Iyengar. He was born in Karnataka, India in 1914. He studied Yoga in Mysore, India under his guru Krishnamacharya and started teaching this style in 1936. he continues to teach Yoga to this day with help from his children at the ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India.

Iyengar Yoga is a type of Hatha Yoga. Its primary focus is on attaining a physical balance in the alignment of the body. Iyengar believes that there is a perfect, an ideal to each Asana (Posture) and that with regular dedicated practice, each and every one can attain this ideal.

Iyengar was the one who is credited for the introduction and popularity of props in Yogic practices. At a time when these props were not even known to most, he used them in his style and propagated their usefulness.

Types of Asanas in Iyengar Yoga
All the Asanas in Iyengar Yoga focus on attaining perfect physical balance and alignment. One the individual achieves this balance physically, it is also manifested psychologically and emotionally. It makes an individual completely balanced in every way.

Because this style make liberal use of Yoga props, it makes the practice of Yoga simpler and less stressful for the body at the same time allowing for improvement in flexibility and balance. This makes it suitable for a large population.

There are different categories of Asanas (Postures) in Iyengar Yoga for the various parts of the body.

  • Standing postures
  • Postures requiring forward bending
  • Postures requiring backward bending
  • Sitting postures
  • Postures requiring twisting of the body
  • Supine postures
  • Inverted postures

Even though this style may be said to be simple, it is not very easy to practice and appreciate. People who have been into Yogic practices for long usually prefer this form. Those who have a keen interest in anatomy may find this form interesting.

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