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“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”

-B.K.S. Iyengar

What Distinguishes the Iyengar Method from other Hatha Yoga?

The asanas, the physical exercises, the pranayama (the breathing) techniques and svasasana (the corpse pose, otherwise known as deep relaxation) are classical. You will find familiarity of these aspects of your study in every yoga class. It is more the mode of practice that describes the unique quality of Iyengar yoga.

Guruji was a genius when more than fifty years ago he realized that learning and maintaining proper physical alignment during one’s practice, while recognizing the effect that each asana has on the internal organs and physiology made his practice of Yoga superior for its therapeutic value. To create balance, space, strength, and better posture are key to understanding what drives Iyengar Yoga.

The physical habits we have created imbue wrong physical perception and muscular imbalances. Herein lies a huge difference in the practices.

Iyengar yoga urges you to concentrate on alignment; learn about imbalances and how to adjust them; and finally to maintain this new alignment to reeducate your cells. Working hard, a frequent lament of long time yoga students, is not what Iyengar yoga is about. We are taught to work “intelligently.”

To practice in this way, one must stay mentally observant and ever vigilant, while the body moves through space. Yes, there is an “intensity” in the body, but an ease must come, too. Not easy, but with ease. Not perfect, but with understanding. All of this is stimulating and at times, restorative and healing. You will change. You will feel stronger, more balanced, more alive, more alert and also develop, through practice, a more whole sense of yourself.

As Iyengar yoga teachers, we are expected to maintain a daily practice and an ongoing study with more senior teachers. At Postures, we are accessible and open to questions and explanations of the yoga to our students.