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Iyengar Yoga
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Introduction to Iyengar Yoga

By Peter J Harris

Iyengar yoga focuses on the human body's alignment through the use of various postures and positions in which the student participates. The goal of performing these various steps is to ultimately lead a person to a healthier physical and mental state, and unite his or her body, mind, and spirit. The positions are referred to as yoga asanas, and if executed correctly, are said to promote a state of well being and wholeness. Iyengar yoga is widely known for its use of numerous aids such as cushions, ropes, straps, ropes, and belts.

Yoga is known in the Western world as a form of exercise, and a very popular one at that, but in the East it is considered much more. For example, it is traditionally regarded in mystical terms as an avenue through which one can experience liberation from the pattern of birth and rebirth. It is considered an important element by many Indian religions and philosophies. It requires that one have substantial ability to focus on detail, and props can be used by beginners until they become familiar with the positions.

This system was a creation of B.K.S. Iyengar, and has solid roots in the teachings of Patanjali and his yoga poses. The eight limbs of yoga is what it is based on, and there is a direct emphasis on the promoting of concentration, meditation, flexibility, balance, strength, and stamina. Poses which are executed while one is standing are one of the key focal points of this type of yoga.

Iyengar yoga teachers must participate in stringent training programs which take place over the course of several years. This training is used while the teachers assist their own students, actively calling students' attention to errors in posture and execution of the different positions. The overall approach is precise and rigorous. Numerous studies provide evidence that participating in yoga can result in a stronger mind and body.

Additionally, studies have shown that Iyengar yoga is especially successful in the treatment of various bodily injuries, as well as mental depression. It can also help individuals to increase their flexibility, concentration and overall stamina. Those looking for a holistic form of exercise should consider this type of yoga.

The author has been practicing yoga for 15 years and is part of a team creating yoga classes online.

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