What is Iyengar Yoga? Foundation.
After some years of practicing yoga, I came to understand how important proper “alignment” is for my body. Correct alignment is the natural state DNA has designed our bodies to be in. The closer we are to this biological blueprint, the better our bodily functions work, from comfortable physical movement to a strong immune system.
Luckily, I encountered a teacher with experience from the tradition of yoga taught by B.K.S. Iyengar. Mr. Iyengar developed a method to help students achieve and maintain proper alignment, no matter what their age, impediments, or body type. Focusing on alignment worked wonders! The technical precision of Iyengar yoga has taught my body to recognize it’s biological foundation. This in turn has improved any physical activity I am involved with because I can feel when my body is “just right”.
Building upon this foundation, Mr. Iyengar teaches us how to use postures and breathing exercises (pranayama) to fight depression, relieve anxiety, and help with burn out, to name a few. In other words, Iyengar yoga moves from enhancing the body to freeing the mind. I have yet to encounter a lineage of yoga that can help as many different people heal and uplift themselves as Iyengar Yoga can.
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