Iyengar Yoga explained

Navigating the confusing terminology of yoga can be difficult, particularly if you’re a beginner. To help you, we’ve started a weekly series of posts explaining what your yoga-loving friends and teachers mean when they say hatha, kundalini, vinyasa, yin, etc.

Find us here, every Tuesday, quenching the curiosity surrounding a bizarre yogi word.

This week’s term:

Iyengar yoga

Iyengar yoga is a type of yoga practice that helps you learn the basic structure of yoga poses as well as the subtleties of correct body alignment. It is a great choice for gaining heightened physical awareness, strength and flexibility.

Belts, blankets, blocks, and chairs may all play into this practice. These items allow you to get deep into the correct alignments and positions without forced stretching or injuries… perfect for a beginner! Yoga teachers frequently recommend these items for newbies; it’s in your best interest to take their advice. Don’t worry, as you continue to practice you’ll work your way up to doing the postures without the props.

Physical difficulty:

While there isn’t a crazy amount of fast movement to get your heart racing in this type of yoga, it is still mentally and physically challenging to hold the various postures.

Best part of Iyengar:

The day you can hold your postures without shaking so much will be worth all of your efforts – trust us!

If you feel like taking your yoga practice and learning beyond the studio, check out some yoga holidays and retreats and indulge your inner yogini/yogi.