The Iyengar yoga method is practical, challenging and has therapeutic value. You do not need to be flexible or ‘physically’ inclined. It can be practiced by anyone regardless of age or fitness.
Students are encouraged to establish a safe and systematic progression into correct yoga postures and to overcome their conditioned habits and patterns which can cause imbalance and restrictions.
Some features unique to the Iyengar method include:
- Emphasis is placed on correctness and precision in the placement and alignment of the body.
- Equipment known as yoga props are used to assist the student to facilitate the poses. Objects such as blocks, chairs, blankets and belts are used to help students to adjust themselves into different asanas. Props enable students to work in a range of motion that is safe and help to effectively align the body.
- The sequencing of the asanas is taught in order to be effective and safe whilst providing the best possible environment for learning.
The purpose of yoga is to achieve a balanced, refreshed, and peaceful mental and physical state of being.