Iyengar Yoga was developed by yoga master BKS Iyengar more than 60 years ago. It promotes strength, flexibility, stamina and balance through coordinated breathing and poses that require precise body alignment. The poses are usually longer than in other types of yoga.
In Iyengar Yoga, you slowly move into a pose, hold it for about a minute, then rest for a few breaths before extending into another pose. Devices such as pillows, blankets, straps, and blocks that are less flexible also distinguish Iyengar from other types of yoga. Although Iyengar yoga encompasses the traditional attitudes or asanas that make up the leading category of hatha yoga, the pillows and other props have revolutionized yoga by enabling everyone, including the elderly, the sick, and the disabled, to practice. Due to its slow pace, attention to detail and the use of props, Iyengar Yoga can be especially good if you are recovering from an injury. It is still one of the most popular types of yoga that are taught today.
Benefits of Iyengar Yoga:
• Pain reduction
• Reduce the depression
• Reduces joint stiffness
• Increase flexibility and balance
• Create a sense of trust and well-being
• Reduces high blood pressure
Strengthens the immune system
• Increases blood circulation
• Reduce anxiety and stress
• strengthen muscles
• Improve posture
• Improve concentration and mental clarity
Let's see what depression is all about. Depression can be described as sad, blue, unhappy, miserable or in the garbage dumps. Most of us feel that way for a short time. However, people with a depressive disorder have difficulty performing normal day-to-day activities. Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It affects how you feel, think and behave, and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.
Every year, 5-8 percent of adults in the US are affected by depression. This means that this year alone, about 25 million Americans will suffer from severe depression. All age groups and all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups may suffer from depression.
Let's look at how Iyengar Yoga has evolved in a recent research report in the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. This study was conducted to investigate the effects of an Iyengar yoga course on the relief of depression symptoms in mildly depressed young adults aged 18 to 29 years.
Twenty-eight volunteers were randomly selected to attend two one-hour Iyengar yoga classes per week for either five weeks, or assigned to a control group placed on a waiting list. The yoga teachers emphasized yoga postures associated with depression, including back flexion, standing poses, and inversions.
The results were that the subjects in the yoga classes reported significant decrees regarding symptoms of depression and anxiety. The yoga participants also reported an increased level of positive feelings and reduced levels of fatigue right after the yoga class.
The researchers concluded that these findings provide evidence of the important role that Iyengar Yoga can play in improving depression, anxiety and fatigue, and that it would be of great benefit to tackle more complex and extensive study designs.