Why so many people love Iyengar Yoga

Kate Kendall, yoga, iyengar yoga

There are dozens of different kinds of branded yoga these days, but one of the most consistently popular world-wide is Iyengar.

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Named after the man who founded it in the 1970s, B.K.S. Iyengar, this a form of Hatha Yoga that really emphasises the alignment and detail of postures as well as breath. It’s one of the softer forms of yoga and has a range of physical benefits that make it appealing to a broad range of people.

Personally, I think it’s an awesome place for beginners to start!

What will it do for your body?

  • Your mobility will improve
  • So will your alignment (those postural improvements will last way beyond the class!)
  • You’ll recover from injuries faster, or avoid them altogether

What can you expect in a class?

Founder B.K.S Iyengar created 200 classical yoga poses and 14 different breathing exercises (pranayama) with the intention of helping students progress gradually and safely through their practice.

Iyengar Yoga is mad for props too! Quite often you’ll use belts, blocks, blankets, chairs and other objects to help you gain a different depth and perspective of postures. They also make this type of yoga more accessible for the less mobile and elderly.