Iyengar Yoga was brought to the west and became popular because it made Yoga approachable and achievable for anyone, no matter what physical or age related challenges there are. This was made possible by the use of props to modify the Poses (Asanas) if necessary to enable even the least supple person to gain benefit from practise.
What is Iyengar Yoga?
Iyengar Yoga is a slow, mindful practice with the focus on body alignment. Each pose is held for a minimum of one minute and then repeated with corrections, allowing the Practitioner to improve muscle strength and posture.
What are the benefits?
You don't need to be able to touch your toes to do Yoga, but if you practice regularly it may be a side effect that you will experience.
The use of props enable any practitioner whether beginner or advanced to hold postures for longer. This allows the muscles to stretch gently without tension or strain and without causing pain or injury.
The physical demands of holding a pose will build strength and tone the body. Individual attention will enhance body awareness and enable you to understand the connection of the muscles to each other and how to use them to improve your practice.
You will enjoy an increased sense of calmness both during and after your practice. This is because it is necessary to concentrate and focus on your body alignment during practice and ignore other thoughts. This keeps you 'in the moment' which produces a meditative effect on the mind in other words, 'mindfulness'.