The awareness of the interplay between the mind and body differentiates yoga from most popular western forms of exercise. It is particularly relevant to modern living; it is the training of the body to be healthy and free from disease and of the mind to be disciplined, clear and attentive.
Iyengar yoga is a type of hatha yoga that uses a variety of yoga postures (asana) and pranayama, especially put together in a number of different sequences to solve specific physical and mental issues. Yoga postures are systematically reached, and are held for a relatively long period of time. The intense focus on the subtleties of postural alignment develops stability, and a meditative mindset. To facilitate the achievement of perfect alignment, Iyengar developed over 50 yoga props that offer support if necessary. This makes all yoga postures accessible to everyone, allowing practitioners of all ages and physical conditions to access the benefits of yoga.
Iyengar yoga uses asana and pranayama to generate, “alignment of the motor nerves with the sensory nerves. This requires intellectual reflection and skillful actions without distorting even the minutest part of the anatomical structure of the body, so that the bones, joints, muscles fibres, the energy, the mind, and the intelligence are in harmony, and the life force touches all the concerned layers of the body.” BKS Iyengar.