Iyengar yoga is a type of Hatha Yoga. Based on the eight limbs of yoga it emphasises the precise physical alignment of the body within particular postures.
Iyengar yoga is a disciplined system with carefully planned and timed sequences. Often, props, such as blocks and belts, are used to ensure you can practise the postures with correct alignment and safely develop your yoga practice over time.
Iyengar yoga includes more than 200 asanas (poses) and 14 types of pranayama (breath control). This systematised practice is broken down to allow yoga students to progress from basic to more advanced postures. Iyengar builds strength, flexibility and body awareness through longer holds of asanas with the focus always on alignment.
It is considered more accessible than more dynamic forms of yoga for beginners who are not used to such physical exertion.
This practice is thought to promote physical, mental and spiritual well-being.