Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Gearing Up for Iyengar Yoga

Why do you practice yoga? For many, yoga offers a deep sense of relaxation and is a great way to ease the stress of everyday life. But a new wave of Americans has discovered the more practical health benefits of yoga. Whether you’re suffering from arthritis, chronic back pain or that nagging sports injury, yoga can potentially increase your flexibility, improve mobility, and relieve many common muscle and joint problems.

And a great place to start is Iyengar yoga.

Iyengar is among the newer styles of yoga and has become very popular in recent years. With meticulous attention to detail and a focus on form, Iyengar systematically works every part of your body to ensure proper alignment. While it can seem a little intimidating to beginners, Iyengar utilizes a variety of props---including blocks, straps, yoga blankets and bolsters---making it accessible to just about anybody.

In the next few posts, we’ll take a closer look at Iyengar yoga and how the right yoga gear can make all the difference in your practice.