By paying close attention to anatomical details and the alignment of each posture, Iyengar Yoga is the practice of precision. Poses are held for long periods and often modified with props. This method is designed to systematically cultivate strength, flexibility, stability, and awareness, and can be therapeutic for specific conditions.
What is Iyengar Yoga
Iyengar is a form of hatha yoga that focuses on proper alignment and precise technique. Through slower movements and an emphasis on quality over quantity, Iyengar yoga combines asanas (poses) and pranayama (breath) to build strength, stamina, and flexibility.
Iyengar Yoga Principles
In Iyengar yoga, each asana is held for an extended period of time as the students continuously adjust their bodies to correct alignment and deepen the pose’s effects. Child’s poses are taken between each posture to absorb the effects of the shifting energy.
This intensive process of holding on and letting go builds stamina and strength in the body and mind. Overall, fewer poses are practiced, but with great devotion and precision.
1. Props are used extensively in Iyengar yoga, unlike in other forms. This makes it convenient for people from all ages to perform these asanas with much ease.
2. It is very safe as it focuses on the natural anatomy of the body while performing the asanas. The variations make it much easier to perform these asanas.
3. The asanas need to be performed in a proper order.
4. Every pose or asana that has to be performed requires deep concentration and in order to do that one must be in meditative state while practicing yoga.
Key Benefits of Iyengar Yoga
Iyengar yoga has many physical, mental, and psychological health benefits. These are seven of the most common ones as shown by scientific research:
1. Builds strength: Holding each pose for longer (often upward of a minute) will strengthen and tone your muscles.
2. Increases flexibility: A study found that after just six weeks of practicing Iyengar, participants saw a significant increase in their spine and hamstring flexibility.
3. Improves posture: It focuses on correcting weaker or stiffer areas of your body, especially in your neck and back.
4. Boosts energy levels: One study—which analyzed the effects of Iyengar on patients with chronic respiratory disease—revealed that by practicing yoga, the patients noticed a marked decrease in their fatigue. This could be due to the release of endorphins or increased blood flow to your brain.
5. Decreases stress and anxiety: Iyengar yoga increases the production of a mood-boosting chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in your brain, a recent study discovered. Participants in the study reported lower levels of anxiety and better overall well-being after three months of Iyengar yoga.
6. Reduces chronic pain: Iyengar realigns your body (especially in your neck, back, and spine) which, according to research, can dramatically reduce aches and pains.
7. Lowers blood pressure: Scientists have found that Iyengar yoga triggers the relaxation response in your body. This both slows your heart rate and decreases your blood pressure, both of which can keep your heart healthy and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Iyengar Yoga Classes in Tokyo
Key Yoga Studio, a bilingual yoga studio based in Shinjuku provides the best quality Iyengar yoga classes to the clients in English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese languages. The yoga teachers at Key Yoga Studio have 8-20 years of experience in Iyengar Yoga. The Key Yoga Studio team works together to fulfill the needs and requirements of the clients putting clients above everything.