Iyengar Method of Yoga
Iyengar Yoga is the style of hatha yoga developed by B.K.S. Iyengar of Pune, India.
It places an emphasis on precise alignment in yoga postures to maximize the benefits of the poses and on the use of props to meet individual needs.
This style incorporates unique methods of accessing the body's intelligence.
It also relies on developed therapeutic and restorative practices for various ailments. These include back problems, headaches, fatigue, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
B.K.S. Iyengar explained the major benefit of props as being neurological control. “Neurology” he said “is the hub of the life force.” You can use props in a way that doesn’t over exert or jangle the nerves. On the contrary, working with a prop can strengthen and calm the nerves. A table or trestle or even a wall can support and hold the body securely so that the energy needed to explore a particular extension or opening can be freed up. In this way, props can support and stabilize the outer body without restricting the freedom of movement of the organic body.
What distinguishes Iyengar Yoga from other styles of yoga?
The Iyengar method of Yoga may be said to define itself by three key elements, namely technique, sequence and timing:
Technique means that in practice one learns ever finer adjustments in the alignment of how one performs one’s asana and pranayama.
Sequence refers to the sequences in which asana (poses) and pranayama are practiced. For example, by varying which postures are practiced after which, the mental and emotional effects of the practice can be intensified in a manner not otherwise possible in order to bring about changes to the whole being including ones spiritual evolution.
Timing refers to the length of time spent in postures or pranayama. Postures cannot be done swiftly or without awareness. It takes time to move into a posture and become stable. When this has been achieved then one remains stable for some time to intensify the depth of the posture and so extract its benefit. Otherwise the potential effects and benefits remain small compared to what is possible. If you’d like to read more, see link below….
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