What is yoga?

The word yoga is derived from the Sanskirt root yujir, meaning to merge, join, attach or unite. It means union and it is also arising from the word yuj, which means samádhi or restraint.

Yoga is a study of the function of the body, the mind and the intellect in the process of attaining freedom. Yoga is the method by which the restless mind is calmed and the energy directed into constructive channels.

It is not only an art and science but also a philosophy, yoga enhances the quality of one’s life. It equips one to face difficult situations, challenges in life, sorrows and joys with tranquillity and it cultivates  good habits leading to a righteous life.

What is Iyengar yoga?

In summary, the Iyengar method of Yoga may be said to define itself as different from other styles of Yoga by 3 key elements, namely technique, sequence and timing.

The main benefits of practicing yoga?

With regular practice yoga develops all round physical, mental & spiritual wellbeing. It is extremely beneficial for the prevention of injury or health issues as well as improving existing conditions. The practice of yoga will help to:

  • Increase flexibility & movement
  • Mobilize joints & strengthen muscle
  • Gain balance & coordination
  • Improve posture & correct misalignments
  • Promotes cardio and circulatory health
  • Develop lightness and free energy flow
  • Improve circulatory disorders & hormonal imbalances
  • Increase performance in sports & improve recovery time
  • Aid in mental health problems such as stress, depression & anxiety
  • Improved concentration and focus
  • Teaches a better breath control
  • A deeper sense of self

The beauty of yoga is that the yoga benefits you can feel are apparent even after the first session. And it doesn’t matter what level of flexibility you have, or if you are able to fully get into the postures you are trying to do.

Asana (posture)

In practice Iyengar yoga focuses particularly on three aspects. Correct body alignment allows the body to develop harmoniously in an anatomically correct way so that the student suffers no injury or pain when practising correctly. As all bodies are different and people have different weaknesses and strengths, Mr Iyengar has also developed the use of props to help the body into the correct positions required. Props are objects like wooden blocks, chairs, blankets and belts that help one adjust or support oneself in the different postures so that one can work in a range of motion that is safe and effective. The other two key aspects of asana practice in the Iyengar system are correct sequencing in which there is a powerful cumulative effect achieved by practicing asanas in particular sequences. The concept of timings means postures are held for considerable lengths of time to let the effects of the poses penetrate deeper within the individual.

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