What is iyengar yoga?

   Iyengar yoga is a specialized form of hatha yoga firstly proposed by bks iyengar. The purpose of this is to enable students to perform the Yoga postures correctly, decreasing the risk of injury or strain, and making the postures accessible to people of all ages. It has a proper combination of asanas and meditation and is exactly based according to the eight limbs of yoga as quoted by patanjali.
     Iyengar had designed more than 180 classical yoga poses and 14 different types of Pranayamas-breathe exercises from simple to complex series. Proceeding systematically from simple to complex steps of Yoga allow a beginner to progress surely and safely from basic postures to the most difficult one as they gradually gain flexibility, stretch and vital power in mind, body and spirit. There have been many studies done on the effects of Iyengar yoga on patients with several physical problems such as heart problem, back pain, insomnia, high blood pressure, memory loss, depression, muscular dystrophy, poor digestive performance,etc. And this specialized form of yoga was found to be highly effective in correcting these problems. In general, Iyengar yoga is beneficial in physical therapy because it assists in the manipulation of inflexible or injured areas.
    Focus of bks iyengar yoga:
1. Iyengar yoga focus on the use of props to help the body brought into the correct positions required. Props are materials like wooden blocks, chairs, tables and belts that help one stabilize oneself in the different postures. This assists in practicing asanas safely and in anatomically correct way.
2. Performance of Yoga and pranayamas together in unison to bring mind and senses under control, strengthen vital organs, increase flexibility of tough and inflexible muscular mass, increase lung capacity and improve alignment.
3. Technique of finest adjustment of postures, sequencing yogic practice from simple to advanced in systematic manner using aids whenever necessary, and proper timing of each posture so that the practitioner could stabilize himself for sometime to intensify the depth of asanas in order to extract its optimum benefits.

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