The direction was named after B.K.S. Iyengar, a modern Yoga Master living in India, in the city of Pune. Iyengar created a system of human physical development, which was transferred to the West in the 60s of the last century and adapted for Europeans.

In his youth, Iyengar preferred a dynamic and tough practice aimed at strengthening the body – this is how his mentor T. Krishnamachar taught young aristocrats from the military class (another student of Krishnamachar – Patabhi Jois – continued this method, which was later called Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga). However, over time, realizing that this practice was effective only for young and healthy people, Iyengar began to pay more attention to deep and delicate work in the pose and therapeutic effects of asanas.

Method Features

Static performance of asanas using various devices (blocks, belts, rollers, chairs, blankets, etc.). The development of practice goes from simple to complex. First, the focus is on standing poses. The fixation time of the posture is gradually increased, allowing the practitioner to penetrate consciousness into each part of the body and be aware of internal movements. The therapeutic effect of asanas is enhanced. Usually classes devoted to standing postures, inclinations, deflections, balances and twists alternate. Much attention is also paid to inverted poses. Iyengar indicates the need for uniform stretching of the body in any asana. A detailed and detailed explanation of each pose.


In the process of practice, the body becomes strong, flexible and symmetrical. The concept of body alignment in posture is one of the key in Iyengar yoga. Aligning the body at the physical level, we provoke changes at the energy level, which affects the psycho-emotional state, consciousness and mind.

Who will suit

This direction is considered universal. Thanks to all kinds of adaptations, the Iyengar method is suitable for men and women regardless of their age, state of health and origin. So it is, however, in order to avoid injuries, you should still start the practice under the supervision of an experienced instructor.

Who does not fit

Impatient, energetic people at the stage of scrupulous detuning of asanas can find it difficult to concentrate. Overly active personalities run the risk of getting bored at the very beginning and, disappointed in yoga, never find a treasure in it.