You don’t need to be able to touch your toes to do Iyengar, but if you practice it, you will feel and opening and lengthening of your muscles.
Iyengar yoga offers intelligent, clear instruction by a certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor, guiding the practitioner into stretches that are safe and deep. The use of props is to enable any practitioner, from beginners to advanced, to hold postures without causing pain or injury.
TONED MUSCLES: In addition to stretching your muscles, the physical demand of holding each pose will help you build strength and tone your body.
Because Iyengar engages the whole body, the attention goes not just to the main muscle, but instructs the practitioner to think about where the muscles are connected to other body parts and engage those as well.
CALM MIND: Once you enter an asana or pose, Iyengar encourages you to focus on the alignment and ignore all other thoughts in your head and being in the moment. You can think of it as a type of meditation, and, like meditation, the more you practice it, the calmer your mind will be—on the mat and off of it.
PAIN RELIEF: Studies have supported the power of Iyengar yoga to relieve back, hip and neck pain. By focusing attention on alignment, much of the slouching, hunching, and muscle weakness that leads to back and neck pain can be overcome.