Iyengar yoga for beginners: All you need to know about this discipline

Iyengar yoga for beginners: All you need to know about this discipline

Check out all the benefits Inegar yoga can have. 

This discipline gained a lot of attention since 1996 when the best-seller book  "Light on Yoga"  was published. 

It is believed that Iyengar yoga has the possibility of calming the mind, as well as increasing the flexibility of the body, and creating a correct alignment for a balanced body and mind. All these achievements are reached by making different kinds of asanas, for a considerable time, (focusing on the right pose) and using other elements such as blocks, ropes, belts, bricks, and blankets.

Nivedita Josh, who teaches yoga lessons at Yogakshema, told Quint Fit: "every asana has it's own gestation period, its own timing. BKS Iyengar has developed certain props which allow anyone with an injury, to perform asanas and benefit from them"

Iyengar Yoga gained a lot of attention since 1996 when the best-seller book  "Light on Yoga"  was published. 

Founded by B.K.S. Iyengar in the 1960s (and later popularized with his book, Light on Yoga), Iyengar yoga is based on the yoga sutras and works to strengthen the connection between body and mind.

"Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured,"

Iyengar once said. He believed that a balanced body led to a balanced mind—hence Iyengar yoga's unique blend of both meditation and movement.

Iyengar is ideal for those who suffer from obesity, older people, and those who had been diagnosed with some illness. 

Iyengar yoga's benefits:

The more you practice breathing through Iyengar yoga, the less you’ll end up holding your breath unconsciously, encouraging a constant flow of oxygen to the brain.

Other important benefits of Inegar yoga are:

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.

Decreases stress and anxiety

This activity 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.

Iyengar yoga boosts your energy levels

Toned muscles

In addition to stretching your muscles, the physical demand of holding each pose will help you build strength in both body and mind.

The result is a full-body toning experience.

Improved breathing

Whether you realize it or not, many of us hold our breath during times of stress. The more you practice breathing through Iyengar yoga, the less you’ll end up holding your breath unconsciously, encouraging a constant flow of oxygen to the brain.

Remember that the more you practice Iyengar Yoga, the more benefits you will achieve. 

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