Created by B.K.S. Iyengar, the Iyengar style has its origins in classical Hatha practice, with a strong emphasis on technique and accuracy of postures. Iyengar Yoga includes more than 200 physical postures (asanas), as well as numerous breathing techniques (pranayamas). Alignment is so important that many Iyengar Yoga students stay at the same level for many years, until they correctly perform basic postures and sequences. Generally, the postures are performed in detailed sequences and are held for extended periods of time using props and supports, such as bricks, straps, cushions, chairs and benches. Teachers follow a rigorous certification program to teach this style of yoga with as much precision and discipline as B.K.S. Iyengar required. If you are looking for a way to improve the alignment and technique of your yoga postures, Iyengar is the practice for you.

Regular practice can bring many physical and mental benefits!

On a physical level:
Improves posture and alignment
Increases muscle tone
Increases flexibility
Contributes to the detoxification of the body
Works on breathing

On a mental level:
Reduces tension
Increases the feeling of calm and reduces stress
Improves concentration

How your first class will go:
Although the asanas and pranayamas are different from one session to the next, you will notice every minute that attention is paid to every aspect of the practice. Generally, the teacher opens the session with breathing techniques and physical postures, then moves on to more demanding postures once the body is warmed up. He or she regularly walks around the room correcting the postures and asking the students to use supports and props in order to perform the postures correctly. Although it requires less movement than Vinyasa flows, an Iyengar session is very demanding and can make you sweat. Iyengar Yoga can be practiced at all levels, as the postures can be adapted in many ways. This method of yoga is also an excellent complement for people who practice other styles; it improves the precision of the asanas and gives a better understanding of the anatomy and benefits of each posture.

What you need to practice :
A mat: Choose an adherent and stable mat about 5 mm thick.

Shorts or leggings: Teachers usually need to see your leg muscles to properly assess your technique. We therefore advise you to wear shorts or leggings that are close to your body and breathable.

A suitable top: Choose a breathable tank top or t-shirt that fits snugly to your body. Most traditional Iyengar instructors recommend wearing 100% cotton clothing, but you will see many students opt for more breathable synthetics.

Props and supports: Iyengar Yoga includes virtually every support a yogi may need to use. Very often you will use bricks, straps, cushions (bolsters, zafus, etc.), as well as larger supports such as chairs and benches.

Find your alignment with Iyengar Yoga!

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