Iyengar Yoga is the most widely practiced form of yoga, and is focused on achieving precision and alignment of poses (asanas). Iyengar Yoga can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age, shape, flexibility or level of experience. This is because Iyengar Yoga involves the use of props (bricks, belts, ropes, bolsters and chairs) to enable every student to attain the correct alignment and desired action in each asana. Staying in a specific posture or asana for an extended period of time is an important part of Iyengar Yoga. With continued practice this enables students to develop an inner awareness, gaining a feeling of alignment, sensitivity and intelligence in their practice.
Iyengar Yoga is based on the teaching of the late B.K.S. Iyengar, known as the most influential yoga teacher in the world.
If you are practicing other styles of yoga, the Iyengar method can help you as it focuses on alignment and precision, even in the most basic of asanas. This process of performing each asana with microscopic awareness, self inquiry and mind and body feedback can enable you to take your yoga practice to a deeper level by sharpening your inner awareness.