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Origin, Benefits And Yoga Poses of Iyengar Yoga 2023


Moreover, Iyenger yoga concentrates deeply on body alignment and anatomical posture which helps those who have postural toughness as well. You might be assuming that this yoga may be very strenuous but trust me with the maintenance of props you will be able to do amazing asanas (Yoga Poses ) in no time!

Origin of Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar yoga is a method of hatha yoga that was founded by B.K.S. Iyengar in 1952. He began as the violinist Yehudi Menuhin and it was the fame of Menuhin which helped Iyengar to get the spotlight even in the western world.

He was a man who wanted to help even the elderly people to do some yoga, and he did succeed in his goal by organizing an institution Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, named in memory of his wife.

Similarly, Iyengar also established a yoga institution in a foreign land which contributed a lot to the spreading of Iyengar yoga all around the globe. The first of many institutes abroad, the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Maida Vale, London, in 1983 helped to cover the concept of Yoga in general.

Moreover, to date, many Iyengar yoga institutions have been founded worldwide and a few of them are in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, Poland, moreover Czechia.

Yoga Pose Of Iyengar Yoga

Utthita Trikonasana
Utthita Trikonasana

Iyengar yoga is distributed into many courses to get complete benefits. This yoga consists of yoga postures that need to be done at the primary level (i.e the beginners level) and then you can straighten up your standard by climbing to elementary level and then up to the advanced level. Unusual yoga poses that you can need to  learn before starting the main cause are:

  • Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
  • Vrikshasana (Tree Pose)
  • Utthita Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
  • Virabhadrasana I and II (Warrior Pose I and II)
  • Parsvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch Pose)
  • Halasana (Plough Pose)
  • Shavasana (Corpse Pose)

These are the primary forms of hatha yoga that help you to balance your body against gravity and several importantly play a vital role in releasing your muscles.

Benefits of Iyengar Yoga

There are numerous advantages of doing Iyengar poses that include:

Improve breathing

The set of yoga poses in Iyengar yoga consists of position alignment, proper sequence, use of props, and also deep breathing. Inhaling and exhaling in the right way while doing the postures not only helps to improve your lung function but also prevents your muscles from going to anaerobic respiration. This yoga promotes the muscle tone of all the muscles including the muscles in the thoracic region.

Strengthen Your Immune System

This yoga consists of yoga poses that support the mobilization of all the parts of your body which improves blood circulation everywhere and also benefits improve the lymphatic flow. As the lymphatic flow increases, the waste materials of all the tissue are collected and drained. Similarly, reproduction helps to eliminate minor diseases from the body and fight off the various harmful bacteria.

Pain Relief

The release of endorphins not only benefits to calm your mind but also helps to remove you from all your bodily pain. Additionally, much of the physical pain of the body is due to the stiffening of the body, and as this yoga posture helps to improve flexibility and elasticity, you will have less pain.

Toned Muscle

Honestly, this yoga consist of a set of yoga poses that should be held in for a long period of time and this practice will ultimately play an important role in toning your muscles in the right shape.

Calming Your Mind

While doing any activities your body release endorphins which are the stress-releasing hormones. These hormones have a calming effect on your brain as well ultimately help you to feel calm, cool, and comfortable.

Moreover, Iyengar yoga expects you to hold a particular posture for a specific amount of time, and during the period of holding on to this posture, your thoughts will be aligned to your body and will be in the present focusing on the body position. This effect, in turn, helped you to reach a meditative event as you will have your focus on the specific thing only.


Iyengar Yoga is one of the most reliable yogas which will not only help you to get a flexible and toned body but also encourage you to have a proper posture which in turn makes you healthy and stabilizes all the vital organs in its conventional alignment. Therefore, if you have difficulty with your physical posture, doing Iyengar yoga is the best decision that you will ever make.

Last Updated on July 28, 2023 by john liam