Named after and developed by B. K. S. Iyengar, and described in his book Light on Yoga, Iyengar yoga focuses on detail, precision and alignment in its yoga poses. Unlike other styles, Iyengar classes regularly use props, like belts and blocks, to help with certain poses. Likewise, poses in Iyengar are held for much longer than in other practices in order to focus on precise alignment and good form.
Because Iyengar yoga uses props to assist, it’s an ideal practice for beginning yoga students, older people, or anyone with physical limitations as the props can minimize the risk of injury or strain. At the same time, Iyengar is great for learning more breath control.