Iyengar yoga is a widely recognized form of yoga, with 180 Iyengar Yoga Institutes in 40 countries. Developed by B.K.S. Iyengar of Pune, India, this form of yoga is known for its attention to correct physical alignment in the poses, leading to the goal of meditation in action. Sri B.K.S. Iyengar in his 89th year continues his daily yoga practice, inspiring students from around the world who attend classes at his Institute in Pune. www.bksiyengar.com
By using props such as ropes, straps, blocks and bolsters, Iyengar yoga allows students to find better mobility and steadiness in their practice. Props also allow passive opening of the body in restorative work. Dependency on these props is not encouraged and as students make progress the use of props in active poses might become unnecessary. However, mature students learn how to make use of props to deepen the work, even after they don't need to use the props anymore.
Although Iyengar yoga is often recommended for beginners and for people recovering from illness or injury, an advanced Iyengar practice demands a high level of strength, balance and agility.
Iyengar yoga stresses the importance of inverted poses, such as head stand, shoulder stand, arm balance (full hand stand) and elbow balance for advanced students. At The Yoga Space, we work with preparations for inversions at the appropriate levels.