Iyengar Yoga, named after and developed by B. K. S. Iyengar, and described in his bestselling 1966 book Light on Yoga, is a form of yoga as exercise that has an emphasis on detail, precision and alignment in the performance of yoga postures (asanas).
It differs from other styles of yoga in three ways: precision, sequence and use of
- Precision is sought in body alignment in every asana.
- The sequences in which asanas are practiced is considered important in achieving the desired result.
- Iyengar Yoga led the use of props, designing suitable means to assist practitioners.
According to the Iyengar Yoga Institute, unlike more experiential approaches where students are encouraged to independently “find their way” to the asanas by imitating the teacher, an Iyengar Yoga class is precise, with misalignments and errors actively explained and corrected.
It states that the style “emphasises precision and alignment, and prioritises correct movement over quantity, i.e. moving a small amount in the right direction is preferred to moving more but in other directions.
Postures are held for a relatively long period of time compared to other schools of yoga; this allows the muscles to relax and lengthen, and encourages awareness in the pose.
Props including belts, blocks and blankets are freely used to assist students in correct working in the asanas, enable beginning students, the elderly, or those with physical limitations to perform the asanas correctly, with the view to minimising the risk of injury or strain.
Currently we do not offer Iyengar classes at YFH