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Yoga, the body-mind-soul technique, has several sub-branches - Ashtanga, Kundalini, Bikram, Vinyasa, Jivamukti, Iyengar, Hatha Yoga and Yin. What distinguishes them are the specific body parts or ailments they are targeting, as well as the techniques they follow.
Iyengar Yoga takes its name from its founder, BKS Iyengar, the man who played a key role in introducing yoga to the West. It is a traditional form of yoga in which breathing exercises (pranayama) and asanas are important in correcting posture. Another highlight of Iyengar Yoga is the use of props.
This form of yoga has several benefits for the body and is one of the most accessible. Here is a list of 7 reasons why I love Iyengar Yoga.
1. Stressbuster - The asanas associated with breathing exercises harmonize body and mind. With better control over your mind, you can silence all internal conversations in a stressful situation. It's like meditation; They focus on your body and breathing. Each asana is followed by a child's attitude that relaxes the body and mind. This keeps physical and mental stress at bay. Not only that, regular practice promotes mental clarity and the ability to concentrate.
2. Strengthens Posture - How Iyengar Yoga promotes good health is to create awareness of your own body. In poses you keep the correct anatomical structure. There are a number of asanas that teach you how to stand, sit, sleep, etc. The asanas also strengthened the core parts of the body such as shoulders, back, arms and legs. These corrective actions also reduce the stiffness of the joints and ligaments. Building physical strength is very important, especially when the body is aging.
3. Accessibility - Does the thought of yoga make you nervous? Ask yourself about these back flexions and leg extensions, if you are capable of doing so? Iyengar Yoga is easy to learn and follow as it allows you to work at your own pace. Iyengar Yoga takes into account the limitations and fitness levels of each individual. The use of props makes it more accessible. These include wooden blocks, belts, blankets, pillows, cylindrical cushions, etc. They allow the person to maintain a posture for a prolonged period of time in order to gradually build up endurance.
4. Increased Flexibility - Iyengar Yoga stretches your muscles to the max. The inversions, strains, twists, and bends affect how flexibly you can move your body. Even if you are not flexible enough at the beginning, you have the props as the first learning aid.
5. Back Pain - This type of yoga has been specially developed for people with chronic back pain. Back and neck problems are generally due to poor posture or muscle tension. Iyengar Yoga helps to overcome pain by correcting bad posture habits such as laxity.
6. Controlled Appetite - In Iyengar Yoga, there is a special principle according to which teachers regulate the appetite by resisting the desire.
7. Immunity enhancer - Disease is often the result of a systemic or organ dysfunction. Iyengar Yoga improves blood circulation in the body and strengthens the respiratory system. It has also been shown to improve the digestive and nervous systems by improving their function. By ensuring that all your systems are in top shape, make sure the body gets the proper nutrition and resilience of the building against infections and diseases.
When training your body, Iyengar Yoga not only focuses on a specific muscle group, but trains the entire body. It also strengthens the muscles of your body. The breathing exercises leave you with more energy at the end of the day. The energy generated is properly channeled through the body. As the emphasis in Iyengar Yoga is on body alignment, injury and painfulness are reduced to a minimum.