Iyengar Yoga is a branch of Hatha yoga. It is founded and taught by Indian Yoga teacher Iyengar (K.B.S Iyengar) and is named after him. Iyengar yoga focuses particularly on the correct body alignment, the body’s physiological structure and skeletal and muscle function. It emphasizes on the accuracy of asanas, and has body corrective and restorative effects. Sometimes in the practice, we will need props to complete an asana, which provide a sense of security. Iyengar Yoga is great for beginners and practitioners with less flexibility. Through hands-on experience in practice and regular routines, practitioners discover the meaning of asanas. It is hard to imagine if Hatha Yoga missed the contribution from Iyengar Yoga, particularly in its accurate and detailed interpretation on every asana and its systematic connection. Iyengar’s research has reached therapeutic applications. Its multi-level, precise and rigorous training system has influenced later yogis profoundly.
Mr. Lv Sa, Executive Director of India Patanjali Yoga College Greater China commented that Indian Guruji Iyengar’s method is particularly suitable for beginners, practitioners with less flexibility and practitioners who have experienced injuries and require restoration, because Iyengar yoga emphasizes on posture correctness, focuses on practicing asanas in a correct body alignment, and uses props to assist. There is sun salutation in Iyengar yoga classes; however it may not be practiced at the beginning of the class. Each class varies at the beginning to avoid standardization. Maintaining asanas, even the most basic one, is still is more difficult than moving around. Iyengar yoga is great for body correction and injury restoration, and is suitable for beginners and practitioners with less strong body or less flexibility. Because of Iyengar’s in-depth studies and personal practice in his life, he has gained the understanding of asana accuracy, which provides therapeutic, corrective and remediational effects.